Lexus Updates 2020 RC F & Adds New Track Edition

More naturally-aspirated V8 power and less weight

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The broad-shouldered Lexus RC F is no slouch with its burly V8. But with worthy contenders like the BMW M4 and Cadillac ATS-V, Lexus needed to step up their daily-driver sports coupe. Reducing weight, improving performance, and updating some styling aspects is a good start. 

2020 Lexus RC F Price: Track Edition close to $100,000

If the US$64,750 / C$85,000 base priced 2020 RC F still isn’t cutting it, now there’s a new, limited edition 2020 RC F Track Edition for a cool US$96,650. That’s a huge price increase. Is the limited edition variant worth it? We break down the feature differences below.

Both the RC F and Track Edition go on sale soon, according to Lexus

What’s new for 2020 RC F

Design updates

Launched in 2014, the new RC F gets an updated design opposed to a full redesign for 2020. Larger air intakes and tweaked rocker panels add style and function, along with aerodynamic updates borrowed from race bred siblings RC F GT3 and RC F GT500. 

The front grille gets a new lower lip opening along with newly optioned LED headlamps up top. For a cleaner look, the rear treatment finds a reshaped bumper with new taillights. 

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition front view in gray
The Track Edition isn’t just a cosmetic upgrade ‘limited edition’ variant. This beast gets major updates including 19-inch BBS wheels, Brembo brake upgrade, and some exterior changes. Photo: Lexus

Shedding weight

The new coupe is lighter too, shedding 700-grams off the manifold while cutting significant weight from the car’s front and rear. The redesigned rear bumper adds more carbon fibre and aluminum saving 500-grams; the A/C system which is always a weight hog now gets a small compressor.

Power updates

That beautiful exhaust note of the RC F’s naturally-aspirated V8 is what fans have come to appreciate. Good news: Lexus didn’t mess with that. In fact, expect an extra 5-hp boost, now making 472-hp at 7,100 rpm and 395 lb.ft of torque at 4,800 rpm (torque up by 6 lb.ft).

The burly 5.0L V8 gets a few “meaningful changes that add character and refinement” as Lexus put it.

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition: Closer Look

There’s nothing cheesier that “limited edition” models that only get a few cosmetic updates slapped with a huge price tag – oh, and “special badging!”. Fortunately, that’s not what the Track Edition is, and with a $30,000 price increase over the base RC F, we’d certainly hope not.

The Japanese automaker worked closely with their Super GT and IMSA series race teams to develop this limited edition coupe. In a nutshell, as Lexus puts it, “the Track Edition is designed to deliver exceptional performance that enthusiasts can easily exploit in a wide variety of conditions.”

Stock RC F compared to the Track Edition

Weighting 176-pounds less than the 2019 RC F, the Track Edition’s 472-hp output is the same as the new 2020 RC F, solidifying it as having the best power-to-weight ratio (8.01:1) in its class.

Expect a 0-60 mph of 3.96 seconds, 2% reduction in drag, and a 168 mph top speed shared with the 2020 RC F.

The Track Edition comes in 2 colours (white or gray) versus the 6 choices you get with the standard RC F.

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition rear view in gray
The 2020 RC F is almost $30,000 less than the Track Edition. Aside from that, the rear gets about a 15-pound reduction and finds a titanium muffler – a rarity on production cars. Photo: Lexus

Improved footwork with braking package and wheels

Footwork is updated with lighter rotors thanks to standard Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors and six-piston, red-painted Brembo calipers opposed to the stock orange calipers. Inside, Lexus added a new brake pedal designed, shared across all RC F models.

Rollers include new, ultra-lightweight, matte black finish 19” BBS forged alloy wheels inspired by the beastly RC F GT3, dropping 1.5-pounds off each corner compared to the 2020 RC F’s stock wheels.

Performance upgrades

A new titanium muffler – a rarity on production cars these days – helps shed another 15-pounds off the car’s rear alone while lending a sweet, tinny sound you get with titanium. Stainless steel exhaust tips get a blue coat.

Lexus added a bunch of styling/aerodynamic tweaks to the RC F Track Edition to enhance overall driving dynamics, including:

  • Carbon fiber roof and hood
  • Carbon fiber fixed rear spoiler
  • Carbon fiber front splitter
  • Canards at each corner
  • Small lip spoiler up front

Track Edition Interior

Inside, expect Circuit Red leather-trimmed seats with Alcantara accents; door handles and dashboard with red carbon trim; and red carpeting all as standard, setting this model apart from the pack.

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Higher dose of red and carbon inside the RC F Track Edition compared to the standard model. Photo: Lexus

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