RC F Track Edition is a wildly (expensive) and entertaining Lexus

TMC Media

Lexus might be renowned for offering luxury and daring design, with Toyota reliability, but the brand has often also dabbled in performance cars.

Japan’s greatest ever automobile was a Lexus, the incomparable LFA. To challenge perceptions around the Lexus brand, its South African division has now added two new models.

The RC F and RC F Track Edition are a world removed from the conventional realm of Lexus luxury sedans and SUVs.

These are true driver’s cars which will appeal to the enthusiast. Lexus rivals for the new RC F models are German vehicles such as the AMG C63 coupe and BMW M4.

In a market where large naturally-aspirated engines have become a rarity, Lexus is offering the R CF with an atmospheric 5-litre V8.

This engine produces 351kW and 530Nm, providing the RC F with a linear throttle response which differentiates the way it delivers performance from other turbocharged coupes.

An eight-speed automatic transmission channels the 5-litre V8’s power to RC F’s rear wheels and with the car’s launch control function enabled, it should run 0-100kph in 4.5 seconds.

A Lexus for keen drivers

Both new Lexus coupes run on model-specific Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres and feature multi-link rear suspension, to ensure excellent high-speed tracing stability.

If the standard RC F is too tame in appearance for your liking, there is a Track Edition upgrade, which is mechanically similar but a lot more expensive and somewhat lighter.

For R779 900 over a conventional RC F, the Track Edition adds a host of carbon-fibre styling upgrades, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and lightweight BBS alloy wheels. Add in a composite roof and bonnet and the Track Edition is 82kg lighter, which lowers its 0-100kph time to 4.3 seconds.

The most significant benefit of its lighter weight is cornering agility and braking performance, whilst a custom titanium exhaust system enhances the Track Edition’s V8 bark over the standard RC F.

Cabin upgrades for the Track Edition include a Mark Levinson sound system. For those who seek individualization, these new Lexus coupes could provide a dynamically able alternative to the dominant German vehicles in class.

The standard RC F retails for R1 318 300, with the Track Edition car notably dearer: at R2 098 200.

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