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Is The Lexus RC-F Track Edition Any Better Than The Mustang Mach-1?

The RC-F Track Edition is over $40,000 more expensive than the Mach-1, but features similar engine specs

The RC-F Track Edition is over $40,000 more expensive than the Mach-1, but features similar engine specs

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Amidst all the buzz surrounding electrification, the guys at TheStraightPipes brought in two muscle cars for an epic V-8 showdown. Well, one of them is a true-blue American muscle, but the other is a Japanese. But, before we discount it, this car has managed to hold its fort in a segment ruled by the Mustang, the Challenger, and the Camaro. I’m talking about the Lexus RC-F.

The folks at the channel compared the Lexus RC-F Track Edition with the Mustang Mach-1 in various aspects. Which one do you think came out looking better?

The Mustang Mach-1 Has Big Shoes To Fill

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The Mustang GT350 has set a high benchmark. For around $60,000, the car offered a lot. The Mach 1 needs to fill those shoes and live up to the legendry moniker’s credibility.

The Mustang Mach-1 is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that churns out 480 horses and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, but you can also opt for the 10-speed automatic. With the manual gearbox, it takes around four seconds to sprint to 60 mph and the top speed is in excess of 163 mph.

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The Lexus RC-F Track Edition, on the other hand, is not a value-for-money car by any means.

It also features a V-8 that displaces at five liters. The power outputs are rated at 472 horses and 395 pound-feet of torque.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Track Edition RC-F takes four seconds to 60 mph from rest and has a top speed of 168 mph.

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While the Mustang Mach-1 comes with goodies like Torsen automatic torque differential, rear sway bar, etc., the RC-F comes with niceties like carbon-ceramic brakes, a carbon fiber hood, titanium exhaust, etc.

How Are The Mach-1 and RC-F Track Edition Priced?

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The Mach-1 starts at around $52,300, whereas the RC-F Track Edition starts at $97,000! There is a huge price difference, but the latter is the top-spec RC-F whereas the Mustang Mach-1 sits below the GT500 in the hierarchy.

Watch the video below for all visual and drive impression comparisons and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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