Lexus RC F Track Edition Could Be The Blueprint For Other Hardcore Models

Lexus says the bold RC F Track Edition will be built for more than a single year and, more importantly, that the nameplate could be used by other models.

The 2020 RC F Track Edition was recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, but few details about its production run were given. Speaking with Motor1 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Lexus vice president for product planning and strategy Cooper Ericksen provided us with more details about the future of the driver-focused variant of the coupe.

“The plan right now is to build 60 [RC F] Track Editions… and it’s going to be 40 of the white and 20 of the matte gray [cars for 2020],” Ericksen said. “It’s [our] intention to have a version of the Track Edition in subsequent model years.”

The Track Edition stands out thanks to Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, a carbon front splitter, roof, hood, bumper, and rear seat partition. These components save 80 kg (176 lbs) over the standard RC F and allow for a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run in just 3.96 seconds.

Interestingly, Ericksen suggested that the Track Edition won’t be a shortlived model, adding that Lexus engineers are already discussing how the vehicle can evolve over the coming years. It’s even possible that the Japanese luxury brand will use the nameplate for other models in its range as well, with the most likely candidates being a hardcore GS F variant or a new version of the upcoming Lexus LC F.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Does anyone else see the 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 in the article that precedes this one?
    Regardless- no.

  • Zandit75

    This does not invoke any of the traits you’re supposed to feel about Lexus.
    This is way too much of a ricer look for a company that want’s to play with the German marques.
    Paint the hood, and find a different set of side mirrors that don’t scream BMW M3 Wannabe.

  • Bo Hanan
  • Ben

    #1 Only 472hp, which is just a 5hp bump from the last year. This bump isn’t even trim specific as all RCF models will make 472hp, less than competing sports cars.

    #2 Its overpriced. This has all the fittings and trim as the Anniversary Special Edition RCF which cost $80k. Mind you the Track Edition has additional carbon fiber treatment and a lower production number. I project the Track Edition will be $100,000 USD. For the amount of horsepower, technology and lets be honest, lack of ability, it’s overpriced.

    #3 Still heavy. The RCF never was and won’t be a light car. I’m not saying it needs to be GT86 light, but the lightened Track Edition is still a 4,000lb car with driver. The only thing that carbon hood and roof are doing is reducing the weight in your wallet. Oh, and that wing? Only adds a maximum of 58lbs of down force.

    #4 Where is the intent? If you’re going to build a track day special, please don’t equip such narrow tires that heat up quickly and lose grip. Lexus couldn’t be bothered to fit wider tires?! I’m sure the 60 people who can buy these will appreciate the carbon ceramics from the LFA, but rubber matters too.

    #5 Where’s the uniqueness?! Lexus, this is supposed to be your most terrifying model since the LFA went out of production, I understand this isn’t a replacement, obviously, but is there nothing in the R&D lab that you could have fitted to this low production model?

    Ford has really shown their racing knowledge when they attacked the unsprung weight of the wheels for the GT350R and GT500 by using carbon fiber wheels. That’s something only Koenigsegg does and Ford brought it to consumers for under $100k. Lexus couldn’t add a TRD supercharger, carbon fiber driveshaft, rear active steer or anything? Its a collector’s special, not a competitor.

  • TheBelltower

    This thing is ridiculous. All hat, no cattle.

  • Matt

    The design makes it look like someone has put it in a vice and squashed it vertically.

  • SteersUright

    Good gawd this thing managed to get even uglier, a major accomplishment.

  • Blade t

    Only 60 being built ? These will just be thrown into collections, and never driven..

    • lagunas3ca

      Not worth collecting. They’ll be found downtown Vancouver, BC.

      • Blade t

        They are worth collecting to Japanese Toyota collectors with only 60 being produced. .

        • lagunas3ca

          That’s the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.

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