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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

The Japanese coupe is going hardcore!

The Lexus RC F Track Edition is track-prepped version of the company’s compact coupe. It was unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show alongside the updated RC F, so it benefits form all the add-ons introduced with the facelift.

Although it doesn’t feature a more powerful engine, the Track Edition is more dynamic thanks to a handful of aerodynamic tweaks and weight-saving measures. Lexus promises quicker lap times in this vehicle, which is aimed at German track cars such as the BMW M4 GTS. Spotted testing since early 2018, this coupe was originally believed to feature a "GT" badge, but Lexus eventually went with Track Edition. Despite the name that suggests a special-edition model, the Track Edition is a proper upgrade that sets it apart from the standard RC F. Let’s find out more about it below.

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2020 Lexus RC

2020 Lexus RC

Revised exterior, same engines

Introduced in 2014 as a spiritual successor to the SC, the RC is Lexus’ modern take on German luxury coupes like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and Audi A5. Four years old as of 2018, the RC was updated to mid-cycle specs for 2019 and showcased at the Paris Motor Show.

Somewhat surprisingly given what was revealed through spy shots, the facelifted RC boasts significant upgrades on the outside. Lexus also improved the interior with premium features and revised the chassis for a sportier ride. Overall, the Japanese used the bigger LC coupe as inspiration, but skipped the drivetrain department, leaving the old engines unchanged.

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2019 Lexus RC F Sport

2019 Lexus RC F Sport

Lexus’ BMW M4 fighter is getting ready for another round in the battlefield

The updated Lexus RC F was recently caught testing at the Nurburgring with the bottom half of its body wrapped in camouflage. The upper half was displayed for all of us to see, but Lexus still did a pretty good job to mask the changes it made to the performance sedan. We do get a good look at some of the changes, but for the most part, the updated RC F is hiding some of the good stuff away from us. That’s not going to stop us from putting our detective hats on, though, because this is one car that we’ve been waiting a long time to see.

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2018 Lexus RC F Sport Black Line Edition

2018 Lexus RC F Sport Black Line Edition

Care for a splash of new colors and features on your Lexus RC F?

The Lexus RC is probably one of the most underrated performance sports coupés on the market today. It looks good, has the chops to compete against a car like the BMW M4, and carries a more reasonable price than most of its competitors. In an effort to keep the RC F fresh in our minds, Lexus is launching a special edition version of the coupé, called the RC F Sport Black Line Special Edition. Only 650 units of the special edition RC F will be made, and it’s available across the entire RC lineup.

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2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

The company’s performance F division turns 10 in 2018

Launched in 1989 as a luxury division of Japanese carmaker Toyota, the Lexus brand is getting ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019. But until that happens, Lexus has another event to celebrate. In 2008, the Japanese firm introduced its first F model, thus entering the performance-rated luxury market. A decade later and Lexus is throwing a party for the sub-brand with two anniversary models. One of them is the RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition and made its debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Much like most special-edition Lexus models, the RC F 10th Anniversary coupe isn’t radically different compared to the standard model. Updates include special paint and wheels on the outside, a unique trim for the leather interior, and a few extra standard features. It also comes in limited numbers, so this coupe won’t be around for a very long time. Let’s find out more about it below.

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2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

Celebrating 10 years since the first F model was launched

Founded less than 30 years ago as of 2017, Lexus has come a long way in the luxury market, now offering quite a few models that can give production from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi a run for their money. The Japanese company has been growing so fast it’s already celebrating a full decade since it launched its first performance-oriented vehicle wearing the now familiar "F" badge. To mark the anniversary, Lexus launched two limited-edition models at the2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one of which is the RC F Limited Edition.

While the name might not be very inspiring, this RC F has plenty of new features to brag about. From a wide array of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body elements to an exclusive upholstery layout and upgraded suspension, the limited-edition coupe proves that the RC F has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, this beefed-up two-door won’t make it to the United States, but you’ll have to keep on reading to learn more about that.

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2017 Lexus RC F GT3

2017 Lexus RC F GT3

Lexus is about to unleash another RC F-based race car

Lexus debuted the RC F coupe, and it took no time at all for the brands racing division to come up with the RC F GT500, a car that’s been around since late 2014 and was actually quite successful last season. It dominated the Super GT series in Japan and earned Team SARD team and drivers’ championship titles in the GT500 category. Now, as the 2017 racing season kicks off, Lexus is at it again with another

RC F

based racecar, this time called the RC F GT 3.

Slated to competing in the U.S. GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship, and the GT300 class of the Super GT Series in Japan. It’s powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 (0.4-liters larger than that of the road-going RC F) and is said to deliver 500+ horsepower through a six-speed sequential racing transmission. If the success of the GT500 is any indication, Lexus likely has another winner on its hands, but we’ll see more of that in the coming months.

For now, we know that 3GT Racing team here in the U.S. will put the GT3 to the test at the WeatherTech Championship while the LM Corsa team will be fielding two examples of the car in the Super GT Series. But, will the new GT3 car have what it takes to be dominating like the GT500 was last year? Well, let’s take a closer look at it and see what it brings to the table.

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2016 Lexus RC F GT Concept

2016 Lexus RC F GT Concept

Is Lexus working on its very own 911 GT3?

Unveiled in 2014, the Lexus RC has already spawned a hot RC F version and three different race cars in either production or concept form. That’s quite a lot for a vehicle that has been around for only a couple of years, but apparently it’s not enough for Lexus. The Japanese automaker has announced that a new racing version of the RC F will be showcased at the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar race on April 17.

Dubbed RC F GT Concept, it is a further development of the vehicle with the same name that Justin Bell drove to fifth place in the Time Attack class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June 2015. As the name suggests, it’s only a concept car and Lexus didn’t say whether it will evolve into a full-fledged race car or spawn a track-ready, road-legal version of the coupe. The company did mention that it is positioned between the street-legal RC F and the full-bore RC F GT3 race car that will soon compete in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but that doesn’t mean much really.

Be that as it may, the new concept has received extensive modifications since the Pikes Peak race. Not only lighter, it also uses an improved drivetrain, a more competitive suspension system, and updated software. The RC F GT Concept will be driven at Long Beach by Lexus pro racers Scott Pruett, the winningest active driver in North American sports car racing, and Roger Yasukawa.

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2015 Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2015 Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC F takes most of its styling from the Lexus IS sedan, but it is much more aggressive and very sporty. The idea behind the RC F is to pay tribute to Lexus’ supercar – the LFA. Even though it was designed to complement the LFA, it wasn’t designed to be a Nissan GT-R fighter. Instead, Lexus designed the RC F to take on cars like the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.

Now that the RC F has been on the market, it is no surprise that modified versions of it are starting to pop up here and there. One such model is the RC F by Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing. Things like the suspension and seats have been upgraded, and there is even a performance upgrade in there to talk about. The car has received a roll cage and new racing seats as well. Needless to say, Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing took an already sporty RC F and made it that much better with a focus on aerodynamics and handling.

Now that we’ve talked a bit about the roots of the RC F and what Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing has brought to the table, let’s take a deep look and see just what differentiates this RC-F from the rest.

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2016 Lexus RC F GT3 By F Performance Racing

2016 Lexus RC F GT3 By F Performance Racing

It’s been 18 months since Lexus introduced the RC F GT3 Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and the production model has been finally unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show. Built to FIA GT3 specifications, the RC F race car is Lexus’ first such project since it shelved the GTE program for the LFA.

The RC F GT3 is part of the brand’s new global motorsports effort and will hit race tracks in the United States beginning in 2016. According to Lexus, Paul Gentilozzi and newly formed F Performance Racing will field the RC F GT3 in "a soon to be announced sports car series."

For the uninitiated, Gentilozzi has been involved in professional racing for more than 45 years. The team has five Trans-Am Series championships with three different brands to its name, as well as an overall and two class victories at Daytona 24 Hours. Additionally, it propelled Scott Pruett, Kalus Graf and Tomy Drissi to three driver championships and 10 manufacturer titles in IMSA and TransAm combined. As an engine builder, it took various teams to more than 50 wins and podium finishes.

Gentilozzi isn’t the only huge name involved in this project. The RC F GT3 will be driven by road racing legend Scott Pruett. The 55-year-old has won many Trans-Am, IMSA, and Daytona 24 Hours events and will be returning to the track in a Lexus in after an eight-year hiatus. The California native previously campaigned Lexus-powered prototypes between 2004-2007.

The RC F GT3 will run a limited calendar in 2016, but an actual schedule has yet to be announced. In its first year back on the track, Lexus’ primary focus will involve further vehicle development and gathering track experience.

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2015 - 2016 Lexus RC

2015 - 2016 Lexus RC

The Lexus RC has been one of the most hotly anticipated reveals by the Japanese automaker in recent years. Launched at the 2013 Tokyo show in both gasoline and hybrid versions, the RC adopted a design language similar to what we have seen with the recently unveiled IS Sedan, but taken to a sportier level and sans the two rear doors.

The new RC is defined by aggressively contoured lines, the trademark Lexus spindle grille, the usual triangular headlamps and a cockpit specially designed for optimal driver and passenger enjoyment. Initially launched with two drivetrains, the RC has received two new engines for 2016. In addition to the rear-wheel-drive RC 350, Lexus added the RC 300 AWD, and a new entry-level trim, the RC 200t.

These new models transformed the RC lineup into a four-model family, in addition tot the high-performance RC F, which the Japanese introduced for the 2015 model year. Keep reading for the full rundown on the RC, as well as the updates that Lexus roll out for the 2016 model year.

Updated 10/02/2015: After being launched for the 2015 model year, the RC Coupe enters 2016 with a choice of three engines: a 241 horsepower turbocharged 4-Cylinder, a 255 horsepower V-6 and a 306 horsepower V-6.

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2015 Lexus RC - Driven

2015 Lexus RC - Driven

The new 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport grabs attention like few cars at this price point do. Maybe it’s the fact that there aren’t a lot of them around, or maybe it’s the extravagant design that doesn’t mimic anything else, but my Molten Pearl orange tester was the subject of a lot of rubbernecking. The high point of the week came as I was cruising on the freeway when a brutally modified 2013 Ford Mustang SVT Shelby GT500 raced through traffic to come up on my right, hover there a moment, and rev his engine repeatedly, like a roaring gorilla. He was making eye contact, too. Without meaning to, the RC 350 F had challenged the silverback.

So is Lexus’ new sporty-aggressive coupe up to the challenge it poses to the sports and muscle cars of the world? I spent a week out in the wild with one to find out. Lexus has a mixed history with its coupes. The original SC, back in 1991, was a smooth boulevard cruiser, not quite spacious enough to be a grand tourer but a very nice car that’s aged well, if you can find one. It was followed in 2001 by the SC430, a bubble-shaped retractable hardtop that was never the challenger to the Mercedes SL that Lexus hoped it would be (though they did race the things). The RC is a jump in a different direction, with a stronger emphasis on performance. However, it’s still not a dedicated sport car. But there are worse fates than a car accidentally punching above its weight though, right? Hmm…maybe.

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2015 Lexus RC F By VIP Auto Salon

2015 Lexus RC F By VIP Auto Salon

Lexus’ Bimmer/Audi fighter has a history dating back to the late 90s, with the IS sedan and wagon, also known as the Toyota Altezza in other markets. The aftermarket took to the IS quickly, with performance packages that enhanced the entry-level luxury car’s engine and suspension, not to mention a countless array of truly awful taillights that offered a knock off version of the Altezza rear end for just about every make and model ever created.

Nowadays, the Altezza’s big brother, the RC F, has matured a bit over its sibling. It’s more expensive, heavier, and more powerful than the IS, plus it comes with all kinds of cool gadgets and amenities, like 19-inch wheels, a speed-sensing rear spoiler, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The top-range Carbon Model also features a torque-vectoring rear differential, carbon-fiber roof, and premium stereo system.

Even though the RC F is essentially an enhanced IS sporting some very nice equipment, the aftermarket can’t be stopped in its never-ending quest for an upgrade.

Enter VIP Auto Salon. Stationed out of southern California in the city of Orange, VIP was first established in 2006, and specializes in Toyota/Lexus performance and luxury. This past SEMA, VIP brought its modified RC F to the now-closed 2014 SEMA show as a showpiece for what happens when premium aftermarket parts meets crowd-sourced decision making.

The result is something unique, but not entirely out of line from what you’d get from the factory. Every aspect of the car has seen at least a little attention, and that’s good. I like the RC F as an alternative to the standard Bavarian sporting luxury, and I think there’s a good chance that anyone who picks one up might be inclined to invest some money back into it. The M4 and RS5 are both great cars, but anyone looking for something special should think about taking a trip to the Lexus dealership, followed by a quick jaunt over to VIP.

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2015 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2015 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC is a car that’s made for a show like SEMA. I’m pretty certain that I’m not the only with that opinion. I’ve been one of the biggest fans of the RC since it first made its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and I haven’t second guessed it since. Now, it’s headed to the SEMA Auto Show, thanks to the collaboration of noted aftermarket companies LexusTuned, GReddy, Toyo Tires, and Rocket Bunny.

You would think that I’d be a fan of this heavily modified Lexus RC. But actually, I’m not. I know, shocker...

To be clear, I understand why the RC was modified to look like this. It’s the objective of nearly every tuner at SEMA to show up with something intense, but there’s something to be said for going a little too far with it and robbing the car of its personality.

I think that’s what happened to this RC. A lot of the character lines I loved on the standard version have been replaced with a wide-body kit that makes the RC look about as appealing as a fading actress with too many facelifts. The rear section, specifically the spoiler and the custom diffuser, does add a more aggressive look to the sports coupe, but overall, the kit didn’t accentuate the RC’s sexiness.

Updated 11/04/2014: Lexus unveiled the official images of this very cool RC 350 F developed by Gordon Ting in cooperation with Beyond Marketing. Details after the jump.

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2015 Lexus RC - First Drive

2015 Lexus RC - First Drive

The crisp, cold air caught me off guard when I stepped from the hotel into the staging area where Lexus had filed a handful of its newest creations into two lines, prepped for a drive through the lush countryside that envelopes New York’s Hudson Valley. The brisk air might not have been what this Floridian was used to in mid-September, but once behind the wheel of the 2015 Lexus RC F, things became familiar.

Though I’d not sat in Lexus’ two-door, rear-drive sports coupe a day in my life, the interior was an immediately recognizable place, harking back to my time in the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport. The controls fell in the same position, the infotainment screen showed the same Enform system, even the overall design looked like I’d accidentally sat in the wrong Lexus.

And that’s not a bad thing.

While there’s plenty of IS flavor in the new RC, there’s even more that’s unfamiliar. The beautifully stitched sports seats, the reworked gauge cluster, and the center console arrangement are all new, not to mention the 2+2 seating configuration.

Slipping the eight-speed automatic into gear, the faintly audible rumble of the RC F’s 5.0-liter V-8 mumbled at a lower tone. Our entourage of journalists was off to conquer a two-hour drive before arriving at our destination, Monticello Motor Club.

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2016 Lexus RC Convertible

2016 Lexus RC Convertible

My recent drive around the Monticello Motor Club in the 2015 Lexus RC still has me pondering all the possibilities Lexus could throw at its new two-door coupe. TopSpeed has already reported Lexus’ hints at a four-door version of the car, but then the idea struck about a drop-top version. It makes perfect sense, so just follow along.

See, the RC’s chassis is a mishmash of sorts. It’s front clip, engine cradle, and suspension supports are borrowed from the GS sedan. The rear section is from the new IS sedan. But the middle section is pulled off the aging IS C, Lexus’ 2+2 hardtop convertible. Now with that stiff center section acting as the RC’s foundation, plus the serious bracing Lexus put in the chassis’ middle section, it seems completely possible for the RC to get a convertible version.

The idea becomes even more plausible when considering Lexus could replace the old IS C convertible with the RC Convertible. Development and engineering costs would be minimal as the majority of the work should already be done. Lexus’ customer base then gets a new hardtop convertible that could come available with the F Sport and track-ready F packages. That puts Lexus in line to compete with the BMW M4 Convertible and Audi RS 5 Cabriolet.

The RC Convertible would span all trim and powertrain levels, so expect the base RC 350 to get the topless treatment too — just as our rendering shows. Expect the RC Convertible to debut for the 2016 model year if the project gets the go-ahead.

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2015 Lexus RC F

2015 Lexus RC F

The Lexus IS dates back to 1998, when it was introduced as an entry-level luxury car mainly in Japan and the United States. Initially launched as a four-door sedan and five-door wagon, the IS didn’t receive a two-door version until the second-generation model came in 2006. However, the Japanese only built a convertible, postponing the coupe for a few more years. The much-anticipated coupe has finally arrived for the 2015 model year, about 12 months after Lexus unveiled the third-generation IS. But unlike the latter, the coupe carries the RC F nameplate.

Although it borrows most of its styling from the IS sedan, the RC F features a more aggressive design, which is supposed to pay tribute to Lexus’ only supercar as of 2014, the LFA. The RC F, however, is not intended to compete with the likes of the Nissan GT-R, but rather take on the BMW M4, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe and the Audi RS5. Does it have what it takes to play with Germany’s main weapons for the sports coupe market? Read on to find out.

Updated 08/18/2015: Car Buyer took a spin in a U.K.-spec Lexus RC-F and the reviewer was pretty impressed with the model. Enjoy the video!

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2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

Lexus has announced today the addition of an F SPORT model to its upcoming RC 350 coupe. The automaker released the teaser image above in an effort to drum up excitement for the car’s official debut on March 4th at the Geneva Motor Show.

The car is expected to get the standard battery of F SPORT-type upgrades that primarily concentrate on improved handling and braking. The 3.5-liter V-6 will likely remain unchanged, still making 314 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A sportier appearance will also come with the package, including the F-style of Lexus’ spindle grille design and other interior upgrades.

The RC 350 F SPORT will slot above the standard RC 350 but below the awesome-looking RC F — the latter of which gets a meaty 5.0-liter V-8 kicking out 450 horsepower.

Also happening at the Geneva show is Lexus’ RC 350 F GT3 racing concept. The racer makes its appearance to mark Lexus’ intentions to enter the GT3 racing series.

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2015 Lexus RC F Carbon Package

2015 Lexus RC F Carbon Package

In the upcoming months we will learn lots of new details on the recently launched Lexus RC F, like the official specifications, prices and other optional features. The first of the news started today when Lexus finally released the first images of the optional Carbon Fiber package.

The biggest change that comes with this package is the clear-coated carbon-fiber roof, hood and active rear spoiler, which raises and lowers depending on the coupe’s speed in order to improve the car’s driving dynamics and stability at high speeds. These new parts not only look cool, but they also help lower the curb weight and lower the center of gravity. This will easily translate into improved performance figures.

No other details were released just yet, but we expect this optional carbon fiber package to add some carbon-fiber goodness on the interior too.

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