The Lexus RC-F Track Edition-Watch out M4!
Naturally aspirated – you hardly hear these words anymore from car manufactures. Due to emission laws and a million more reasons, many car manufacturers have moved away from naturally aspirated engines, opting mostly for turbocharging. Lexus however, hasn’t – the Japanese have now introduced a 5.0 litre, naturally aspirated V8 in the latest limited-production RC-F Track Edition.
So how does it differ to the standard car? You might ask. From a design perspective, the front of the car gets a front lip spoiler, and a carbon fibre bonnet with an air outlet on it – this is definitely one of those cars you give way on the highway if it pitches up behind you. That carbon fibre front lip spoiler isn’t just for design and weight, it has been designed to also maximise downforce. The side of the car looks strong and powerful, due to the presence of 2 character lines, one around the shoulder of the car and another and the bottom of the car – both starter from the long air breather, which also adds to the beefy wheel arches of the car. Along with those, you also get a new set of rims and tyres – new BBS lightweight rims whose design is based on the RC F GT3 race car, wrapped by the awesome Michelin Pilot Sport 4S. You also get a set of new BREMBO ceramic brakes, with a red calliper that looks very cool behind the black BBS’. The rear of the car is dominated by the fixed carbon fibre rear wing, which is a replacement of the active rear spoiler on the standard car – and just like the front lip spoiler, the wing also helps reduce drag and increase downforce. There’s also a set of titanium quad exhausts sitting on each side of the redesigned diffuser. Should make for some glorious sound! All those carbon fibre parts have helped Lexus save up to 80 kg and make the car look sportier and more aggressive.
That glorious sound mentioned earlier comes from the naturally aspirated 5.0 litre V8, which has been upgraded too. It now produces 352kW and 535Nm, and according to Lexus, will get the RC F Track Edition from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Lexus also says that the Track Edition has the best power to weight ratio among its competitors. Interesting.
To give the car a more interesting look on the inside, the Japanese manufacturer has given the Track Edition a red leather interior, as a standard – this is paired with Alcantara inserts for the seats and red carbon trim for the doors and dashboard. Only 2 exterior colours are available for the Track Edition: A matte grey called Matte Nebula Grey and an “Ultra White”.
It’s very refreshing to see manufacturers like Lexus making cars that are meant to appeal to car enthusiasts though inevitably, it won’t be for long, in a world that is filled with tens of thousands of regulations. Cars in this segment are utterly good, and it will be interesting to see how the Lexus RC F Track Edition fares.