Lexus RC F (2019): Sport version debuts in Detroit

Lexus RC F (2019)
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Lexus is leaving the facelift version of its mid-range coupé RC debut bit by bit. After a ot the Paris Motor Show the standard variants with two-liter, four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine (245 hp and 350 Nm) and hybrid drive including 2.5- Liter four-cylinder (223 hp) were on display, the sports version with the abbreviation RC F is celebrating its world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show.

Changes to optics, chassis and engine

Like the normal one RC also the RC F optically moves up a bit to the larger coupé called LC. The front bumper with spoiler lip, radiator grille and the LED lights were modified. Typical facelift makeover at the rear too: Here too, the bumper and lights look different than before. Together with some technical changes, including a new intake manifold, a smaller compressor for the air conditioning, hollow rear axle shafts and the aluminum wheel suspension, the measures are primarily intended to reduce weight.

In addition, the engineers wanted to Construct chassis more rigid. To do this, they have revised the bushings for the wishbones and the steering gear. In addition, hands were placed on one of the last real sports engines based on naturally aspirated engine design. The power for the US version is now given as 478 hp, that of the German was previously officially at 477. The maximum torque in America increases from 530 to 535 Newton meters. Lexus Germany gives lower values ​​for the car on: 463 hp and a maximum of 520 Newton meters at 4,800 revolutions. The RC F completes the zero-to-hundred sprint in 4.5 seconds.

Production will start in the second quarter of 2019

The eight-speed automatic transmission now works with the last one with a longer ratio Gear than before. In order to optimize starts from a standing start, a launch control is now standard on board. Michelin also supplies Pilot Sport 4S tires specially baked for the RC F.

The production of the new Lexus RC F starts in March 2019. The prices have not yet been determined. The pre-facelift variant of theSports coupés are available in Germany from 78,400 euros.


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