The identify of the Lexus RC F Monitor Version 2020 – and its massive wing – allude to the automaker's RC F GT3 race automobile. And Lexus says the connection exists, primarily by means of aerodynamic expertise. The Monitor Version nonetheless comprises the massive V-Eight RC F we've come to like, and it's additionally lighter than the 2019 mannequin.
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This final half is vital as a result of, as we mentioned earlier than, the RC is a essentially heavy automobile. The final time we weighed an RC F, he swung the scales to £ four,040, making him the heaviest of his rivals. Lexus' efforts to scale back Monitor Version prices have been complete. A smaller air conditioner compressor, for instance, saves lower than a pound, whereas a lighter consumption manifold and new half axle shafts weigh 1, 5 and four kilos much less, respectively.
A bit right here and just a little there can definitely assist, however using carbon fiber has been more practical. The roof and hood are fabricated from a light-weight materials, as is the help splint behind the rear seats. The Brembo carbon ceramic brake discs save an unsprung weight of 48.5 kilos and cast 19-inch BBS wheels save a further 6 kilos. In whole, Lexus claims that the 2020 RC F Monitor Version weighs 177 kilos lower than the 2019 RC F.
The eight naturally aspirated cylinders have gotten more and more scarce right now, and that of the RC doesn’t disappoint. . The 5.Zero-liter V-Eight picks up nearly unchanged from the 2019 mannequin, however now produces 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque, which is 5 horsepower and 6 lb-ft greater than earlier than. . The brand new titanium exhaust muffler unique to the Monitor Version provides a racy word and unbelievable sound. And never solely does the delicate exhaust saves 15 kilos, nevertheless it additionally resonates contained in the cabin, with none enchancment to the traditional RC F cabin audio system (and elimination of those audio system reduces the burden by 1.1 kilo).
We had the chance to drive the RC F 2020 observe version, in addition to the revised RC F 2020, on the 1.Eight-mile course of the Thermal Membership south of Palm Springs, in California. Lexus claims a Zero to 60 time enchancment in just below four seconds because of the next closing gear ratio (three.13 vs. 2.97) and a brand new launch management system. The off-the-line acceleration appears extra peppery (even with out utilizing launch management), and the facility provide is linear (Lexus says that it has additionally refined fuel mapping). The reported eight-speed computerized transmission is comparatively quick, though it has lagged a bit earlier than going right into a flip, which has disrupted the chassis. We suggest utilizing the shift paddles to stop such incidents. Just like the RC F, the Monitor Version options selectable driving modes (together with Eco, Sport, and Sport +) that additional modify the efficiency of the shift lever and gearbox. ;accelerator.