On the domestic front, the Lexus RC F made debut in September, courtesy of UMW Toyota Motor. It world-premiered at the Geneva Motor show earlier in the year. Hailed as a high-performance coupe, the Lexus RC F is indeed suitable for drivers of all abilities, whether on track or the fast lane of the highway. This versatile character does not mean compromise: the new performance pinnacle of the Lexus range is true to its “F” designation as a powerful and technically advanced machine that has been honed on race circuits around the world.
Lexus RC F gets an enhanced 5.0-liter V8 for a slight increase in bhp and torque
The key ingredients are a new 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering 471 bhp and 530 Nm of torque, and a significantly upgraded eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission that gives the driver a choice of five operating modes, from fuel-efficient Eco to full-blooded Sport S+, plus an option to switch to manual, sequential shift control. Lexus has also revised the VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) system with new Sport and Expert settings that let the driver safely exploit the car’s full performance capabilities. This translates to a 4.5-second century sprint and top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).
Everything else from chassis to suspension are specifically designed and tuned for that purpose. The handling package includes and active rear wing and the availability of a Torque Vectoring Differential, technology that’s featured for the first time on a front engine/rear-wheel drive car.
The RC F’s capabilities will be further emphasized by its participation next year in GT3 sportscar competition. Race teams worldwide have been registering interest the car, developed by Lexus International and its subsidiary Technocraft with a more powerful engine, stripped-out interior and high-downforce/low drag bodywork. Speaking of the bodywork, the extensive use of carbon fiber ensures its overall lightweight. Inside, clever instrumentation automatically changes display with different driving modes and a stirring engine note, project into the cabin through an Active Sound Control system.
Lexus RC F price, color combinations and availability
The Lexus RC F is available for RM 802,482.35 on-the-road with insurance at Lexus dealerships nationwide with these color combinations: White Nova, Sonic Silver, Lava Orange, Heat Blue and Radiant Red. The RC F is available for a special request order exclusively from Lexus Malaysia.