Lexus Slaps $96,650 Price Tag On 2020 RC F Track Edition

Lexus has announced U.S. pricing for both the refreshed 2020 RC F as well as the new 2020 RC F Track Edition.

While the standard 2020 Lexus RC F starts at $64,750, the Track Edition version costs a whopping $96,650 (prices not including destination charge). That’s makes it $31,900 more expensive than the car on which it is based. The big question is obviously if the Track Edition is worth paying so much more over what the standard car costs.

We can’t answer that question until we get to drive it, but we can tell you what additional features the RC F Track Edition brings compared to the base RC F.

As the name suggests, the limited production model tries to lure track driving enthusiasts with performance upgrades “typically reserved for exotic sports cars,” according to Lexus. Those include standard Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers contributing to a 48.5-pound (22 kg) total reduction in unsprung weight compared to the steel rotors.

Lexus engineers saved additional weight by switching to a set of ultra-lightweight 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels. Featuring a design inspired by the RC F GT3 race car, each wheel is 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg) lighter than the standard RC F wheel.

Further weight savings were accomplished by fitting standard titanium muffler and connector pipes to shed 15 lbs (6.8 kg) from the rear of the car. But the most obvious changes are related to the extensive use of carbon fiber. All Track Edition models feature a standard carbon fiber roof and hood, as well as a carbon fiber partition behind the rear seats.

Significant modifications were made in the area of aerodynamics as well, with the 2020 RC F Track Edition adding a carbon fiber front splitter and carbon fiber fixed rear wing.

All in all, the Track Edition weighs 176 lbs (80 kg) less than the previous RC F. All of these changes combined, as well as the standard Launch Control system and the 472hp 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8, allow the RC F Track Edition to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.96 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).

The interior sees its fair share of upgrades too, featuring standard Circuit Red leather seats with Alcantara accents, soft Alcantara trim on the center console and armrests, red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard, and red carpeting.

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  • ErnieB

    YIKES! God awful looking thing with an equally ugly price…

  • Puddingpopper

    No thanks

  • jrelon

    So….just get an LC500 instead?

    • Rick Alexander

      Beautiful car, but not a sportscar by any means. More of a GT car, with sporting intentions. It’s a porker too at 4200 pounds plus.

      • SteersUright

        This too is a porker and with its heavy weight, automatic, and other compromises, no real sports car either. The LC500 at least doesn’t look like a rolling embarrassment.

        • Rick Alexander

          Looks are subjective. I like the LC500, but there are those among us who think the LC500 is overstyled. As for the weight, the RCF T/E is considerably lighter by more than 400 pounds (not a fanboy either, just an enthusiast). Again, nobody has tested the Track Edition yet, so we don’t know how much better it is, than a base RCF. We’ll have to wait until the verdict is in first.

    • Merc1

      Yes it’s beautiful inside and out. Pure quality and style and some performance too.

      M

  • Mr. EP9

    I don’t expect this to be sell well given the price tag and what else you can get for that kind of money.

    • (⌐■_■)

      I would get a Porsche instead or the new M5 if I want a 4 door.

      • illogicalPotato

        You could literally go down a list of like 30 vehicles at 90k before even arriving at an RCF…. and even then..

  • (⌐■_■)

    the center con look so outdated…

  • botornot387

    That is an absurd amount to pay for this when MUCH BETTER options are available at this price point

    • Rick Alexander

      Why do people keep saying, “MUCH BETTER options are available”. If you’re referring to looks, that is subjective. If you mean performance, there is no performance data that I know of, available for comparison to the cars that compete directly with the RCF. If you’re talking price, the value you place on a car is subject to what you feel takes precedence when purchasing a car. I agree, for the money, I’d have an Alfa Giulia Quadrifogli pnqt

      • botornot387

        You just answered your own question/comment. You would rather have an Alfa. I would rather an RS5 or M4 Comp Pack. Not to mention, at this price point, you could also get a Porsche. The RCF is fat and the track edition won’t do anything to wake it up. Its outdated style wise even in comparison to the more recent Lexus models. The infotainment is horrible. and the tacked on wing doesn’t benefit it in the looks department. People who buy Lexus’s won’t spend this money either.

        • Rick Alexander

          You misunderstand my statement sir. I agree that for the asking price of the Track Edition, there are other cars for similar or less money that one could choose. My point, is that the cars mentioned don’t compete directly with the RCF. The second point, is that none of us know how much Lexus has improved the car until it’s been tested. So all the points being made, are merely speculation. I’m an enthusiast not a hater. Again, looks are subjective, and 0-60 in 4 seconds is hardly slow. 0.3 or 0.4 seconds slower than the competition, only matters on a track.

      • botornot387

        Also, what performance data are you speaking of. The car even with improved weight can only muster a 4 second 0-60. That is already behind it’s competitors. And the 48.5 weight reduction is honestly not enough considering this model was already too portly to begin with.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Why would anyone in their right mind spend $96k on this, when you can get (in no particular order)
    1. Porsche 911
    2. Covette Z06
    3. Camaro ZL1 or SS1LE
    4. BMW M4 Competition

    • Rick Alexander

      With the exception of the BMW M4, none of the cars you’ve listed compete directly with the Lexus RC F. Furthermore, until someone has actually driven the new Track Edition, we won’t know if all the additional changes, have actually made the new Track Edition a winner. The RC F is essentially a 2 door sports coupe, and the RC F’s main issue was weight. The BMW M4, Mercedes C63, and Audi RS5 Coupe are better comparisons IMO. The RC F’s engine makes more than enough power for the street, and the looks are “love it-or-leave it”. With that said, I’d take an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio over this.

      • MayTheBestCarWin05

        And tell me why the Camaro ZL1 doesn’t compete with the RC-F Track edition?

        They’re both V8, RWD, similar weight, sporty coupes, with go fast bits for track days.

        • Rick Alexander

          From a price and performance perspective, the ZL1 definitely competes. In fact I think the ZL1 is an amazing value for what it is. However the ZL1 speaks to a completely different demographic. People shopping for an M4, Lexus RC F, or C63, aren’t cross-shopping a Camaro. It is what it is.

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      Because it’s none of those. Let’s face it, The Vette and Camaro, as much as I love them can’t match this car for quality and the BMW will be an ultra expensive finicky car to keep running. The main argument I see is the 911.. but will the 911 sound like this? Will it be a special edition like this dropping in carbon fibre?

      • MayTheBestCarWin05

        Agreed on the Lexus being superior from a fit/finish quality standpoint. I chose those cars trying to find other vehicles that are ‘track optimized’ for similar coin. People who buy cars with this kind of kit probably track their cars. They care about lap times. And the Camaro is in line of not ahead of cars 3x it’s price.

        I put the 911 in there just bc. But on second thought, I don’t see the same buyer cross shopping a standard 911 and this track day RCF.

  • If I had the money I’d get one. With the red interior and grey or black exterior.

  • TheBelltower

    I can’t even imagine the profile of this customer.

    Under 20 years old
    Over 20hrs/week gaming
    Accutane prescription
    Lottery winner

  • D3X

    And the line between this and the Supra becomes more blurred. Really wondering why they even bothered with this whole BMW based Supra when they had this RC-F, and the LC-F. Confused.

    • Matt

      Different target markets?

      • D3X

        Yep, wondering what those target markets are actually…

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    This car has future classic written all over it. Of course people are bagging it now (just like they did with the Lexus LFA) then in 10 years they’ll say ohh what a GREAT looking car this is, what noise, what character and still running like a Swiss watch… or should that be a Grand Seiko.

    • Bo Hanan

      You are absolutely right!
      Too expensive – no one will buy it – likely 1 years made before cancelled – lighter – faster – odd looking and everybody will be looking for it in 10 years….

    • Ary Wisesa

      Make it Grand Seiko, a beautifully crafted watch from the best watch manufacturer. I own a Grand Seiko Snowflake Spring Drive, I like it much more than my Rolex Oyster.

  • SteersUright

    What the hell is Lexus smoking these days? What an abomination.

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