The Lexus RC F is the last of a certain breed. While cars like the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 have gotten rid of excellent naturally aspirated engines in favor of downsized and turbocharged units, the RC F has kept its 5.0 liter naturally aspirated engine. It might be down on power compared to the cars it competes against, but the engine feel and sounds so much better that you won’t care.
In January, Lexus will be unveiling an updated RC F to follow its refresh of the RC coupe. The good news? There’s a new track pack. The better news? We’re hearing that the lovely, wonderful, naturally-aspirated V8 is sticking around.
Right now, we just have the teaser image at the top of this story. That’s not much to go on, since it’s just a trunklid with a big piece of carbon fiber attached to it. But Lexus sources tell us that they really went for it with this track pack version of the car, and used a lot of carbon fiber in the process. They also focused on aero, since beyond that wing we hear there’s also a diffuser involved. There’s no word on if the V8 will have more power than the current 467 horsepower, but a modest bump shouldn’t be out of the question. Not that it matters, so long as it sounds the same.
It seems that this car is likely a tribute to the GT3 version of the RC F that has been running in IMSA and other series for the past few years. We’re all for race-bred versions of road cars, so if this RC F is anything like other road-going versions of GT3 cars, we’re in for a treat. We’ll see more of this car at the Detroit show next month.
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