Hardcore Lexus RC F Track Edition to debut at Detroit show soon

By CARSIFU | 7 December 2018

DETROIT: Lexus will be staging the world premiere of the 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition at the North American International Auto Show here on Jan 14. It is being touted as the most powerful Lexus offered since the LFA supercar.

The Japanese luxury car maker has been terse with its Thursday announcement, which was accompanied by a teaser photo of a giant carbon fibre wing for added downforce in a track car. However, there are already spy shots floating around that hints of a meaner track car with major performance boost.

The spy images indicate the upcoming RC F Track Edition will sport a carbon fibre bonnet with a small vent in the centre along with with a large splitter and bigger corner inlets than the existing RC F.

They also show a coupe that rides lower with wider tyres, and this certainly means the suspension settings have been revised to cope with the altered dynamics. Stopping power will also be improved as the cross-drilled brake discs and big calipers behind the V-spoke wheels suggest.

Lexus has not revealed the performance figures yet but we hazard a guess that it will be north of what the current RC F or the LC 500 offer. At present, the 5.0-litre V8 mill of the RC F produces 467hp and 529Nm of torque. The same engine in the LC 500 has been tweaked to make 4hp more and 12Nm more.

Come a wintry Jan 14 in Detroit, Lexus will livestream the world premiere for the benefit of car enthusiasts.

Starting 2020, the Detroit show will marked a new milestone when it opens in summer on June 8.

Organisers and exhibitors have previously supported the move to open the show latter in the year to avoid a clash with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and to allow for more outdoor promotional activities during the warmer months.

The show this year pulled in some 800,000 visitors over two weeks.