The 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition Has an Exhaust Growl You Don’t Want to Miss
It looks mean and it sounds meanby Kirby Garlitos, on
The Lexus RC F Track Edition is inching closer to its debut, but ahead of its launch, Lexus dropped another teaser of the hardcore coupe, complete with a sample of the car’s intoxicating engine note. The 13-second teaser also reveals a number of sections of the car. The RC F Track Edition passes by quickly so you’ll have to pause the video to get a glimpse of it. That, or you can just wait a few more days for Lexus to pull the cover off of its latest track monster. The Lexus RC F Track Edition is scheduled to debut on January 14 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, which takes place in Detroit, Michigan.
To be clear, we already know that the Lexus RC F Track Edition is capable of letting out a growl that can wake up the neighbors. That’s what usually happens when you unleash a sports car that boasts a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 471 horsepower. The 13-second video doesn’t show us much in the way of visuals of the RC F Track Edition — the clearest shot of the coupe happened just as a small trailer stood in front of it, obscuring our view — but there’s no mistaking that the exhaust growl that you hear right at the 10-second mark of the teaser video belongs to the RC F Track Edition.
Look closer, though, and you’ll notice that the Lexus RC F has a sharp nose that’s dominated by Lexus’ trademark spindle grille.
The front section appears to have a large spoiler lip, too, while a pair of front intakes can be seen on opposite ends of the fascia. We also made out hints of a large spoiler at the back. All these observations directly match the look of the coupe’s test prototype from the spy photos we received back in November 2018. We didn’t get to see the carbon fiber hood and the small extractor in the middle, but given that most of what we noticed in the teaser fit the look of the test mules, it’s likely that the RC F Track Edition will sport the same hood once it debuts in Detroit next week.
Based on what we know so far, the RC F Track Edition will be based on the facelift that the entire RC lineup will receive in the near future. It’s essentially a lighter and more powerful track-ready version of the RC F, Lexus’ resident sports coupe that already features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. Obviously, its identity as a track star means that the RC F Track Edition packs extra performance modifications. Since the power increase is incremental, at best, those modifications can be found in other areas of the car, specifically the suspension.
On that note, the RC F Track Edition could sit closer to the ground to give it a firmer ride.
Spy photos of the coupe also reveal what looks to be larger brake calipers compared to the ones used on the “standard” RC F.
All of this is still speculation so some details could change once the coupe is unveiled. The good news is that we’ll know everything we need to know about the Lexus RC F Track Edition in a few days. While we’re waiting, I can’t think of a better way to spend that time than by watching the teaser video over and over again with the volume dialed up to 11. Hearing that ferocious growl from the coupe’s V-8 is the kind of sound that’s going to make you wish that January 14 arrives sooner than later.
2018 Lexus RC 350 specifications
|Engine||V6 with aluminum block and cylinder heads|
|Bore x Stroke||3.70 in. x 3.27 in.|
|Horsepowewr||311 HP @ 6,600 RPM|
|Torque||280 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM|
|Transmission||6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic|
|0 to 60 mph||6.0 seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined)||19/26/21|
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