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The 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition marks the fourth adaptation of Lexus’ achievement auto that I’ve tested, and it’s additionally the best special. Lexus adapted the RC F for 2020 and, in accomplishing so, tossed in a limited-run, acicular adaptation of the car alleged the Track Edition. Although the name sounds somewhat run of the mill, it’s a attenuate bird indeed: Lexus will body a actual bound cardinal of these with alone about 100 authoritative it to the U.S. And alone one — a ancestor — spent the anniversary with me.
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If you anticipate of the Track Edition as the ultimate adaptation of the RC, this is about as performance-focused as it gets after gutting the interior, throwing in a cycle cage and axis it into a track-only racecar. After a week, I acquire an arresting accord with the RC F Track Edition.
That’s because I’ve consistently harbored aerial hopes for the RC. Since it debuted, I begin myself amorous with its attending and feel. The botheration has consistently been that it’s a bit of a annoyance to drive. The RC 300 F Sport that I activated beforehand this year larboard me wanting; the RC F that I activated ahead was acceptable but didn’t wow me enough.
That brings us to this: the end of the line. If I can’t adulation a limited-edition, matte-wrapped achievement adaptation of the RC, again conceivably it’s aloof not meant to be.
The easiest way to aces out an RC F Track Edition is the ample carbon cilia addition anchored on the trunk. Lexus could acquire additionally alleged it the Carbon Cilia Edition, because the failing being is everywhere: the awning and roof, all over the autogenous (where it has an adorable red hue) and the advanced and rear splitters. Those changes amalgamate with carbon-ceramic brakes, ultra-lightweight 19-inch BBS admixture auto and a titanium muffler to barber 121 pounds off the approved RC F.
The agent carries over from the accepted RC F: a artlessly aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 with 472 application and 395 pounds-feet of torque. Ability hits the rear auto through an eight-speed automated transmission. The approved RC F has an alternative torque-vectoring differential, but the Track Edition doesn’t get that — aloof a Torsen limited-slip cogwheel that leaves the aback end activity a mite twitchy.
Predictably, this is the quickest and best able RC I’ve tested. The weight accumulation additional an cyberbanking launch-control arrangement lower the zero-to-60 mph time to 3.96 abnormal against the approved RC F’s 4.2 seconds, Lexus says. Active the Track Edition took a bit of time to get acclimated to, however: Many avant-garde achievement cars apply turbochargers and superchargers, so to drive a big, artlessly aspirated agent feels like a throwback. There’s beneath access of antecedent acceleration, but already the agent revs up and starts to sing, it’s an aesthetic experience. The agent is a highlight — abundant like it was in the antecedent RC F I activated — already you amount out how to accumulate it in its ability band.
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The manual helps out already it’s in its best advancing drive mode, alleged Sport Plus. It holds lower apparatus affluence continued abundant for the agent to do its thing, admitting I acclimated the paddle shifters a few times on trickier anchorage to accumulate the V-8 durably in its ability band. Admitting the manual is good, it still feels a cut beneath the best transmissions in the chic — anticipate Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch automated and BMW’s eight-speed auto, both benchmarks.
As mentioned above, the Track Edition abnormally eschews the accepted RC F’s torque-vectoring cogwheel for a simpler limited-slip, which introduces some appendage beatitude that I started to apprehension on my additional adamantine assignment in the car. Unless you’re a able high-performance driver, it’s best to accumulate the cyberbanking adherence arrangement on if you appetite to accumulate the adenoids from switching ends. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires accommodate affluence of grip, but aback they accord up, the aback end starts to move and things can get bearded appealing fast.
I still don’t adulation the RC F’s steering. It lacks abundant account or acknowledgment — accomplished for accustomed driving, but with this abundant ability to the rear wheels, a bit added acknowledgment would be welcome. There’s added antecedent chaw at the advanced end for the adapted car, which dials aback abundant understeer; that’s a acceptable change.
Adaptive shock absorbers are standard, and a big aberration exists in how they behave in anniversary drive mode. In the Accustomed mode, the shocks are what you’d apprehend in a Lexus: soft, arresting alley imperfections and rolling forth with nary a sound. Toss it into Sport Plus, however, and the ride gets abundant firmer. This is absolutely what you appetite out of an adaptive suspension, to acquaint clearly the aberration amid drive modes and aces the appropriate ambience for your situation. Kudos to Lexus for architecture in abundant bendability for circadian acceptance or acerbity for a ambagious alley or racetrack.
The Track Edition is by far my admired adaptation of the RC. It’s the sharpest car to drive, looks the allotment and has a big V-8. Toss those capacity together, and you can get me to appearance up appealing abundant anywhere. There is one big botheration admitting for the Track Edition, abreast from its bare availability: the price.
The 2020 RC F Track Edition starts at $97,675 including destination, or $31,900 added than the accepted RC F. That’s a boxy bolus to absorb alike aback you agency in the car’s exclusivity. It lacks abundant achievement addition to absolve the added cost. If you’re activity to accession the amount by about 50 percent, it needs added changes — and moderately quicker dispatch additional added carbon cilia won’t cut it.
And while the Track Edition ability be the best RC for me, it still isn’t absolutely abundant to get me to absolutely abatement in adulation with the car. There are things that I like about it, to be sure, but I didn’t appear out activity wowed — and that’s what it would booty to get me on lath with the Track Edition and its amount tag. Adulation still has to wait, it seems.
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