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PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC

It’s been four years since the Lexus RC has had any significant changes, but recent spy shots of an RC test mule suggests that updates are on the way for the Japanese automaker’s resident sports coupe. The spy photos don’t reveal much in the way of significant changes, but certain sections of the prototype are wrapped in camouflage, an indication that the expected updates are being concealed for the time being. Still, it looks like the Lexus RC is about to get a much-needed facelift, something that should’ve happened a long time ago.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC F GT

Lexus is working on a hotter RC F! It’s a sentence we’ve been dying to hear ever since the RC F was introduced for the 2015 model. Three years later, and it’s finally happening. With the RC coupe set to receive a facelift soon, Lexus is also testing a more hardcore version of the F model. Although it’s not yet confirmed for production, it will probably wear the RC F GT name first showcased on a concept car in 2016.

Aimed at the BMW M4 GTS and other beefed-up compact coupes that may follow soon, the RC F GT borrows heavily from the concept car. It features similar aerodynamics, as well as carbon-fiber body panels that reduce curb weight. An engine upgrade will add the extra oomph the RC F needs to compete with its turbocharged rivals, but the interior should get a few unique features as well. The coupe could debut by the end of 2018, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Lexus RC F GT.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC F Limited Edition

2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

Founded less than 30 years ago as of 2017, Lexus has come a long way in the luxury market, now offering quite a few models that can give production from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi a run for their money. The Japanese company has been growing so fast it’s already celebrating a full decade since it launched its first performance-oriented vehicle wearing the now familiar “F” badge. To mark the anniversary, Lexus launched two limited-edition models at the2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one of which is the RC F Limited Edition.

While the name might not be very inspiring, this RC F has plenty of new features to brag about. From a wide array of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body elements to an exclusive upholstery layout and upgraded suspension, the limited-edition coupe proves that the RC F has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, this beefed-up two-door won’t make it to the United States, but you’ll have to keep on reading to learn more about that.

Read more about the Lexus RC F limited edition.

What makes the Lexus RC F limited edition special

  • CFRP body parts
  • Upgraded splitter and diffuser
  • Matte grey paint
  • Heat Blue upholstery
  • White contrast stitching
  • CFRP trim inside the cabin
  • Performance shock absorbers
  • Titanium mufflers
  • Limited to only 50 units

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“The special-edition RC F stands out thanks to a range of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements”

While exterior modifications are far from radical, the special-edition RC F stands out thanks to a range of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements. Up front, we can see the lightweight material at each corner of the bumper, in the form of race-inspired winglets. Adding to the fact that they are made from CFRP, these elements aren’t fitted on the standard RC F either, so it’s more than just a material upgrade. The engine hood is also made from CFRP, which should translate into significant weight loss. The fact that it has a transparent finish that shows the carbon layer makes it that much better.

More CFRP goodness is visible on the sides, where Lexus replaced both the side skirts and the front fender intake covers with this material. Just like the hood, it has a glossy transparent finish. The standard model has these elements painted in the same color as the body, so they don’t stand out as much. Around back, both the diffuser and the lower bumper now feature CFRP elements. What’s more, the diffuser has a redesigned center section with three small fins. The spoiler was seen on the standard model.

To top things off, Lexus painted the car in matte grey for a nice contrast with the glossy CFRP elements.


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“Called Heat Blue, the new interior color adorns the steering wheel, the seats, the gear shift knob, and the center console”

Inside, the limited-edition is pretty much standard business, but Lexus did introduce a new, exclusive color. Called Heat Blue, this light blue color adorns the steering wheel, the seats, the gear shift knob, and the side panels of the center console. There’s blue leather atop the instrument cluster hood too, as well as blue stitching in the door panels, The steering wheel, the dashboard, the seats, and the shifter have contrasting white stitching. Finally, there’s carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic trim on the door panels and atop the glove compartment door.

Lexus mentioned no upgrades under the hood, so it’s safe to assume that it features the same 5.0-liter V-8 as the regular model. The naturally aspirated unit cranks out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque and pushes the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 170 mph. However, the limited-edition RC F gained lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers. So, while it might not be quicker in a straight line, it will provide improved steering stability, which means it should be a bit quicker on the race track.


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“The limited-edition RC F gained lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers”

Production is limited to only 50 units, all of which will be sold in Japan. Pricing information is not available as of this writing.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RC F.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RC.


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2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

Founded less than 30 years ago as of 2017, Lexus has come a long way in the luxury market, now offering quite a few models that can give production from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi a run for their money. The Japanese company has been growing so fast it’s already celebrating a full decade since it launched its first performance-oriented vehicle wearing the now familiar “F” badge. To mark the anniversary, Lexus launched two limited-edition models at the2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one of which is the RC F Limited Edition.

While the name might not be very inspiring, this RC F has plenty of new features to brag about. From a wide array of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body elements to an exclusive upholstery layout and upgraded suspension, the limited-edition coupe proves that the RC F has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, this beefed-up two-door won’t make it to the United States, but you’ll have to keep on reading to learn more about that.

Read more about the Lexus RC F limited edition.

What makes the Lexus RC F limited edition special

  • CFRP body parts
  • Upgraded splitter and diffuser
  • Matte grey paint
  • Heat Blue upholstery
  • White contrast stitching
  • CFRP trim inside the cabin
  • Performance shock absorbers
  • Titanium mufflers
  • Limited to only 50 units

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“The special-edition RC F stands out thanks to a range of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements”

While exterior modifications are far from radical, the special-edition RC F stands out thanks to a range of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements. Up front, we can see the lightweight material at each corner of the bumper, in the form of race-inspired winglets. Adding to the fact that they are made from CFRP, these elements aren’t fitted on the standard RC F either, so it’s more than just a material upgrade. The engine hood is also made from CFRP, which should translate into significant weight loss. The fact that it has a transparent finish that shows the carbon layer makes it that much better.

More CFRP goodness is visible on the sides, where Lexus replaced both the side skirts and the front fender intake covers with this material. Just like the hood, it has a glossy transparent finish. The standard model has these elements painted in the same color as the body, so they don’t stand out as much. Around back, both the diffuser and the lower bumper now feature CFRP elements. What’s more, the diffuser has a redesigned center section with three small fins. The spoiler was seen on the standard model.

To top things off, Lexus painted the car in matte grey for a nice contrast with the glossy CFRP elements.


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“Called Heat Blue, the new interior color adorns the steering wheel, the seats, the gear shift knob, and the center console”

Inside, the limited-edition is pretty much standard business, but Lexus did introduce a new, exclusive color. Called Heat Blue, this light blue color adorns the steering wheel, the seats, the gear shift knob, and the side panels of the center console. There’s blue leather atop the instrument cluster hood too, as well as blue stitching in the door panels, The steering wheel, the dashboard, the seats, and the shifter have contrasting white stitching. Finally, there’s carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic trim on the door panels and atop the glove compartment door.

Lexus mentioned no upgrades under the hood, so it’s safe to assume that it features the same 5.0-liter V-8 as the regular model. The naturally aspirated unit cranks out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque and pushes the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 170 mph. However, the limited-edition RC F gained lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers. So, while it might not be quicker in a straight line, it will provide improved steering stability, which means it should be a bit quicker on the race track.


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“The limited-edition RC F gained lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers”

Production is limited to only 50 units, all of which will be sold in Japan. Pricing information is not available as of this writing.

References

Lexus RC


2015 Lexus RC F - image 567567

Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RC F.


2015 - 2016 Lexus RC - image 649169

Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RC.


2017 Tokyo Motor Show – Visitor's Guide - image 737628

Read more Tokyo Motor Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC F GT3

Lexus debuted the RC F coupe, and it took no time at all for the brands racing division to come up with the RC F GT500, a car that’s been around since late 2014 and was actually quite successful last season. It dominated the Super GT series in Japan and earned Team SARD team and drivers’ championship titles in the GT500 category. Now, as the 2017 racing season kicks off, Lexus is at it again with another RC F-based racecar, this time called the RC F GT 3.

Slated to competing in the U.S. GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship, and the GT300 class of the Super GT Series in Japan. It’s powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 (0.4-liters larger than that of the road-going RC F) and is said to deliver 500+ horsepower through a six-speed sequential racing transmission. If the success of the GT500 is any indication, Lexus likely has another winner on its hands, but we’ll see more of that in the coming months.

For now, we know that 3GT Racing team here in the U.S. will put the GT3 to the test at the WeatherTech Championship while the LM Corsa team will be fielding two examples of the car in the Super GT Series. But, will the new GT3 car have what it takes to be dominating like the GT500 was last year? Well, let’s take a closer look at it and see what it brings to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Lexus RC F GT3.


PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC F GT Concept

Unveiled in 2014, the Lexus RC has already spawned a hot RC F version and three different race cars in either production or concept form. That’s quite a lot for a vehicle that has been around for only a couple of years, but apparently it’s not enough for Lexus. The Japanese automaker has announced that a new racing version of the RC F will be showcased at the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar race on April 17.

Dubbed RC F GT Concept, it is a further development of the vehicle with the same name that Justin Bell drove to fifth place in the Time Attack class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June 2015. As the name suggests, it’s only a concept car and Lexus didn’t say whether it will evolve into a full-fledged race car or spawn a track-ready, road-legal version of the coupe. The company did mention that it is positioned between the street-legal RC F and the full-bore RC F GT3 race car that will soon compete in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but that doesn’t mean much really.

Be that as it may, the new concept has received extensive modifications since the Pikes Peak race. Not only lighter, it also uses an improved drivetrain, a more competitive suspension system, and updated software. The RC F GT Concept will be driven at Long Beach by Lexus pro racers Scott Pruett, the winningest active driver in North American sports car racing, and Roger Yasukawa.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F GT Concept.


PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC F takes most of its styling from the Lexus IS sedan, but it is much more aggressive and very sporty. The idea behind the RC F is to pay tribute to Lexus’ supercar – the LFA. Even though it was designed to complement the LFA, it wasn’t designed to be a Nissan GT-R fighter. Instead, Lexus designed the RC F to take on cars like the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.

Now that the RC F has been on the market, it is no surprise that modified versions of it are starting to pop up here and there. One such model is the RC F by Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing. Things like the suspension and seats have been upgraded, and there is even a performance upgrade in there to talk about. The car has received a roll cage and new racing seats as well. Needless to say, Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing took an already sporty RC F and made it that much better with a focus on aerodynamics and handling.

Now that we’ve talked a bit about the roots of the RC F and what Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing has brought to the table, let’s take a deep look and see just what differentiates this RC-F from the rest.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing.


PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC F GT3 By F Performance Racing

It’s been 18 months since Lexus introduced the RC F GT3 Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and the production model has been finally unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show. Built to FIA GT3 specifications, the RC F race car is Lexus’ first such project since it shelved the GTE program for the LFA.

The RC F GT3 is part of the brand’s new global motorsports effort and will hit race tracks in the United States beginning in 2016. According to Lexus, Paul Gentilozzi and newly formed F Performance Racing will field the RC F GT3 in “a soon to be announced sports car series.”

For the uninitiated, Gentilozzi has been involved in professional racing for more than 45 years. The team has five Trans-Am Series championships with three different brands to its name, as well as an overall and two class victories at Daytona 24 Hours. Additionally, it propelled Scott Pruett, Kalus Graf and Tomy Drissi to three driver championships and 10 manufacturer titles in IMSA and TransAm combined. As an engine builder, it took various teams to more than 50 wins and podium finishes.

Gentilozzi isn’t the only huge name involved in this project. The RC F GT3 will be driven by road racing legend Scott Pruett. The 55-year-old has won many Trans-Am, IMSA, and Daytona 24 Hours events and will be returning to the track in a Lexus in after an eight-year hiatus. The California native previously campaigned Lexus-powered prototypes between 2004-2007.

The RC F GT3 will run a limited calendar in 2016, but an actual schedule has yet to be announced. In its first year back on the track, Lexus’ primary focus will involve further vehicle development and gathering track experience.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F GT3 By F Performance Racing.


PostHeaderIcon Official: 2016 Lexus RC

2016 Lexus RC-1

Lexus has just announced the launch of a refreshed version of the RC Coupe for the new year. The biggest highlight of the new model is the addition of a turbo engine to the range in the 2016 Lexus RC 200t model packing 240 horsepower.

This is the same turbo engine Lexus also employs in the NX, GS, and IS 200t models. in the Lexus RC 200t it develops 241 hp and has 258 lb.-ft. torque, which is not really very much. But you have take into account the four-banger is a lot lighter than the normal V6 unit which should make up for the lack of oomph, at least to some extent.

2016 Lexus RC-2

2016 Lexus RC still gets the V6 unit in two power outputs of 255 and 306 horsepower. All models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission except RC 300 AWD which gets a six-speed automatic.

2016 Lexus RC-3

The F-Sport package has also been upgraded for the 2016 modelyear and now comes with ptional orange brake callipers and Limited Slip differential, as well as new exclusive colors. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system and the available Lexus Dynamic Handling system, which includes rear-wheel steering, are among the other highlights.

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PostHeaderIcon You Dig? Lexus RC F on Forgiato 22s

Lexus RC F Forgiato-0

Oh boy, here we go again. The tuning world has its own version of racially sensitive matters where one is befuddled as to what to make of a certain situation. Check out this Lexus RC F on a set of large Forgiato wheels, for example…

…If we say it’s terrible, which it is, they say we have conservative views. If we say it looks good, some other people will be like are you effing crazy? So we just it present it to you and let you be the judge of whether or not this is a good thing to do to a car as classy as the Lexus RC F.

We have seen tons of wheel treatment for this car and most of them looked pretty amazing thanks to the RC F’s controversial, but undeniably impressive, design. Those 22-inch Forgiato Girare-M wheels, however, look just a tad out of place, especially on a grey RC F. Then again, that’s our rational side thinking that. That rapper inside us actually likes it. It tells us the whole point of cars like this is to be fun, which means you should be able to do it whatever takes your fancy.

Those wheels certainly make this Lexus a head turner. Whether or not it’s the right kind of head it’s turning is debatable.

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC

The Lexus RC has been one of the most hotly anticipated reveals by the Japanese automaker in recent years, and we finally got to see it at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Let us tell you, it certainly did not disappoint.

At the Tokyo show, Lexus actually revealed both the gasoline and hybrid versions of the RC, and as no surprise, it adopted a design language similar to what we have seen with the recently unveiled IS Sedan, but taken to a sportier level and sans the two rear doors.

The new RC is defined by aggressively contoured lines, the trademark Lexus spindle grille, the usual triangular headlamps and a cockpit specially designed for optimal driver and passenger enjoyment.

Since Lexus already trademarked the “RC F” name, we expect Lexus to reveal the RC F a few months after the standard version, most likely at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Updated 08/14/2015: Lexus dropped a new video in which it highlights the amazing capabilities of the RC’s new all-weather-drive system in slow motion. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus RC.


PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC F Sport Slammed on Vossen Wheels

Lexus RC F Sport Vossen-0

We don’t want to sound overexcited or anything, but this black Lexus RC F Sport slammed on a set of bronze Vossen wheels could be the coolest thing ever in the history of cool things! It is cool because there is nothing like it out there. This car will turn more necks than any hyper car you can think of.

Now, a lot of people don’t like the “bagging” treatment where the car’s stock suspension is replaced with an air system that allows extreme levels of lowering. But the owner of this RC realized that this car is all about the looks and style and swag. He was not planning to use the RC on track days or stuff like that. He wanted to just park it somewhere and ogle it!

So after fitting his black Lexus RC F Sport with red interior with bronze Vossen VFS-2 rims, he first had it lowered on a set coilovers. That didn’t quite do it though, and so Manny from Miami went for an Air Lift V2 system. The end result, as you can see here, was stupendous. This F Sport Rc also has some custom options such as wood trim trunk, carbon fiber wrapped front spoiler, mirrors, rear diffuser and spoiler.

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC – Driven

The new 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport grabs attention like few cars at this price point do. Maybe it’s the fact that there aren’t a lot of them around, or maybe it’s the extravagant design that doesn’t mimic anything else, but my Molten Pearl orange tester was the subject of a lot of rubbernecking. The high point of the week came as I was cruising on the freeway when a brutally modified 2013 Ford Mustang SVT Shelby GT500 raced through traffic to come up on my right, hover there a moment, and rev his engine repeatedly, like a roaring gorilla. He was making eye contact, too. Without meaning to, the RC 350 F had challenged the silverback.

So is Lexus’ new sporty-aggressive coupe up to the challenge it poses to the sports and muscle cars of the world? I spent a week out in the wild with one to find out. Lexus has a mixed history with its coupes. The original SC, back in 1991, was a smooth boulevard cruiser, not quite spacious enough to be a grand tourer but a very nice car that’s aged well, if you can find one. It was followed in 2001 by the SC430, a bubble-shaped retractable hardtop that was never the challenger to the Mercedes SL that Lexus hoped it would be (though they did race the things). The RC is a jump in a different direction, with a stronger emphasis on performance. However, it’s still not a dedicated sport car. But there are worse fates than a car accidentally punching above its weight though, right? Hmm…maybe.

Continue reading for my full review.


PostHeaderIcon Lexus Trademarks IS 300 and RC 300

Trademarks are often worth just about as much as the paper the company filed them on, but some stand out more than others. Two recent trademarks that stand out are the IS 300 and RC 300 by Lexus.

While it isn’t odd to see a “300” trailing the letters in a Lexus name, what is odd is the lack of an “h” after the “300.” This “h” is a signal that the model is a hybrid, and it follows the only other “300” model in Lexus’s lineup, the 2013 Lexys ES 300h. So what is Lexus doing here?

In all of Lexus’ non-hybrid models, the numbers in the name indicate the engine size; for example, the RC 350, ES 350, IS 350, and GS 350 all have a 3.5-liter V-6, while the GX 460 has a 4.6-liter V-8, and the LX 570 has a 5.7-liter V-8. Logic says that Lexus is working on a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine, right?

This may not be the case, as some reports are indicating that the IS 300 and RC 300 will use an updated version of the current 3.5-liter V-6. While I appreciate the report, I cannot find any logical reason for Lexus to completely mess up its naming scheme by installing a 3.5-liter V-6 engine in an IS 300 or RC 300. It simply doesn’t make sense.

I think the more obvious answer, and the correct one, is the initial thought that Lexus is working on a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine. This makes me wonder if a turbocharger or two may be in order too, helping the IS 300 and RC 300 better match up with the 340i and the 440i (if Bimmer releases one), which produce 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. This is 14 horsepower and 53 pound-feet more torque than the RC 350 and IS 350. Adding in a potent V-6 with a turbocharger seems like the logical move in the near future.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Gallery: Lexus RC F on Vossen Wheels

Lexus RC F Vossen-0

Let’s cut to the chase. The Lexus RC F is not as good as the BMW M4, period. But if you look past the outright performance and other frankly nerdy stuff and judge a car by how it makes you feel, there is a case to be made for the Japanese car’s superiority over the mighty German.

Of course, we understand that the unusual looks of the Lexus RC F, or any other new Lexus for that matter, is not to everyone’s taste. Some have even called it revolting. But there comes a time when you feel kind of bored with “normal” looking car and just yearn for something a bit daring and bold and, well, exciting.

That’s when you realize the RC F is actually pretty awesome. This car is like the eccentric hippy girl you didn’t pay much attention to in college because you thought you might score with the hot sophisticated blonde (that’s the M4) only to realize the former was kinder, nicer to be around and better in the sack!

The unique looks of this car combined with that magnificent interior will invariably result in a fun drive. Who cares that it cannot drift with as much dignity as the M4, or that it’s heavy, or more thirsty. Instead of handling and economy you get style and panache, and believe you me, those are a lot cooler things to have.

This particular Lexus RC F you see here is especially hot thanks to a set of Satin Bronze Vossen VFS-2 wheels measuring 20×9.5 in the front and 20×10.5 in the rear, shod with 245-30-20 and 275-30-20 tires. Lets’ check it out:

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus RC F GT3 To Race At 24 Hours of Nurburgring

It’s not often that luxury automakers tackle motorsports with factory-built race cars, but it seems more and more brands are joining the fun. Lexus was the latest company to announce such intentions at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where it unveiled the RC F GT3. As the name suggests, this RC F coupe was built to FIA GT3 specifications for privateers to use in various competitions such as the Blancpain Endurance and Sprint Series. The RC F GT3 is Lexus’ first such project since it shelved the GTE program for the discontinued LFA, and it seems the Japanese are ready to launch a full-scale attack in the VLN series in 2015.

According to Sportscar365, the RC F GT3 will make its European debut later this year, with Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing as development partners. Driven by Dominik and Mario Farnbacher, making it the first the Farnbacher brother race together in the same car, the first RC F GT3 will debut in the third round of the 2015 VLN season on June 20th, at the Nurburgring track. The second car, run by Emile Frey Racing, will see Lorenz Frey, Markus Oestreich, and Jordan Tresson taking turns behind the wheel.

“Lexus sees the Nurburgring as a perfect testing ground to make the car ready for 2016, which they see as their target year to sell to customers. We plan to do a lot of testing since the car is still under development,” Dominik Farnbacher told Sportscar365.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F GT3.

Lexus RC F GT3 To Race At 24 Hours of Nurburgring originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 24 April 2015 19:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Video: Chris Harris Gives the RC-F a Flogging on the Road and Track

When Lexus debuted the RC F, the new coupe filled the gap that has been sitting vacant for some time: a two-door F model from Lexus. However, with all the other luxury automakers going the turbocharged, small-displacement route to milk power from their performance models, can the naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter-powered RC F really keep pace with the segment?

One of my favorite video journalists, Chris Harris, spent some time with the 2015 RC F both on the track and on public roads to see just how good Lexus’ new performance coupe was. As usual, this video has plenty of sideways action and loads of tire smoke, but Harris came away with a bit of a split decision on the RC F.

On the track, Harris noted that the RC F is a little piggish, due do the extra heft it totes around. He also noticed that it’s not as eager to let the tail end slide, and instead pushes toward the outside of the corner. Finally, with the pedal on the mat, he felt like it lacked the bite that the 2015 M4 has.

On the road, however, things are completely different, as Chris loved the 467-horsepower coupe’s road manners and its ability to become a fierce, asphalt-devouring machine at the drop of the hammer. He noted that it felt about as dynamic as most buyers would want from a road car. Additionally, and this is a biggie, he said that the interior (not to mention the exterior) looks distinctly Japanese, giving buyers something different than the typical German style that blankets the luxury car segment.

Video: Chris Harris Gives the RC-F a Flogging on the Road and Track originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Chris Harris Gives the RC-F a Flogging on the Road and Track: Video

When Lexus debuted the RC F, the new coupe filled the gap that has been sitting vacant for some time: a two-door F model from Lexus. However, with all the other luxury automakers going the turbocharged, small-displacement route to milk power from their performance models, can the naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter-powered RC F really keep pace with the segment?

One of my favorite video journalists, Chris Harris, spent some time with the 2015 RC F both on the track and on public roads to see just how good Lexus’ new performance coupe was. As usual, this video has plenty of sideways action and loads of tire smoke, but Harris came away with a bit of a split decision on the RC F.

On the track, Harris noted that the RC F is a little piggish, due do the extra heft it totes around. He also noticed that it’s not as eager to let the tail end slide, and instead pushes toward the outside of the corner. Finally, with the pedal on the mat, he felt like it lacked the bite that the 2015 M4 has.

On the road, however, things are completely different, as Chris loved the 467-horsepower coupe’s road manners and its ability to become a fierce, asphalt-devouring machine at the drop of the hammer. He noted that it felt about as dynamic as most buyers would want from a road car. Additionally, and this is a biggie, he said that the interior (not to mention the exterior) looks distinctly Japanese, giving buyers something different than the typical German style that blankets the luxury car segment.

Chris Harris Gives the RC-F a Flogging on the Road and Track: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Dubai Police Adds Lexus RC F To Its Fleet

In most parts of the world, the 2015 Lexus RC F might seem like an unusual pick for a police car, but in Dubai, it’s a relatively tame one. Over the last couple of years, the Dubai Police has been touting its ever-expanding fleet of exotic, high-performance cars wearing its signature green-and-white livery, and its latest addition is Lexus’ all-new, 467-horsepower coupe… not to mention a really cool two-door Toyota Land Cruiser.

These two vehicles join an extraordinary lineup of cop cars that include a Ferrari FF, Chevrolet Camaro SS, McLaren MP4-12C, Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Bentley Continental, a pair of Porsche Panamera sedans and even the Gibbs Quadski. These are just some of the vehicles that have been revealed on the police department’s social media feeds or in a promotional video, and that does not include the various helicopters and speed boats the department has at its disposal.

The RC F would actually make a pretty cool pursuit vehicle, but the sport bucket seats and small back seat might limit its usefulness for police officers. So rather than using them for crime prevention, the Dubai Police use these cars more for marketing purposes at demonstrations or as show vehicles. Still, knowing these cars are lurking somewhere in the city, it probably wouldn’t be a wise decision to attempt to flee the police if you’re ever visiting Dubai.

Click past the jump to read more about Lexus RC F.

Dubai Police Adds Lexus RC F To Its Fleet originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:00 EST.

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