Lexus is making a GT3-style RC F


Lexus will be making a special, limited production model of the RC F called the Track Edition, and the company says it will be highest performance ever seen in a Lexus since the LFA. Set for the 2020 model year, the car will be shown to the public at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

The RC F Track Edition will be, true to its name, focused for high performance circuit driving while still remaining street legal. Think of it as Lexus adopting the Porsche 911 GT3 template, presumably with weight savings, exotic materials, stiffer suspension, and more power than the standard car. The 2020 model year will also bring other minor updates to the RC lineup, but Lexus hasn’t released any details at this time.

If you think that an updated, faster, extreme RC F means a replacement for the current 5.0-liter V-8, though, think again. It’s a reasonable speculation given that Lexus dropped the V-8 from the new LS sedan in favor of a twin-turbo V-6. But we hear that the RC F will stick with the eight cylinder until the end. With one of the few naturally-aspirated V-8 engines left in the automotive world, the unmistakable roar of the RC F is a rarity in the sports cars realm. We can only guess that the Track Edition will top the current 467-horsepower output with a corresponding increase in exhaust note volume.

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