THE F WORD IS GOOD

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Toyota’s upcoming GR Supra might be grabbing all the headlines, but don’t let that detract from the fact that there is another Toyota product that we should pay some serious attention to. This is the freshly unveiled new Lexus RC F Track Edition, and this limited-edition model is destined for South Africa. This will join the new RC F as two new models that are being added to Lexus South Africa’s product line-up in 2019. Apart from improved aerodynamics, a retuned suspension setup, and less weight; the RC F retains its naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 and gets a slight bump in power to 352kw and 535nm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, and thanks to launch control, the RC F Track Edition will hit 96kph from standstill in under 4 seconds. Developed with input from Lexus race teams in the Super GT and IMSA series, the Track Edition sheds over 80kgs from the regular RC F and gains Brembo carbon ceramic stoppers, and 19-inch BBS forged alloys that feature a design derived from the RC F GT3 race car. Additional weight was removed by specifying carbon fibre for the roof and bonnet along with switching to a carbon fibre partition behind the rear seats and a carbon bumper reinforcement. Many of these carbon fibre pieces are made on the same line that supplied the Lexus LFA during its two-year production run. A standard titanium muffler and tail pipes is yet another area where the Track Edition sheds weight. Rarely seen on production cars, the use of titanium not only reduces the overall weight of the individual parts, it gives the Track Edition a polished look along with a unique sound. In order to give the Track Edition a more exclusive look on the inside, a red leather interior comes standard along with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Only two exterior colours will be available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray, an exclusive colour only available on the Track Edition. Production of the new RC F and RC F Track Edition are expected to kick off in the second quarter of 2019, with pricing set to be announced closer to its local introduction. #TunedAutomotive #AutoAdvisorZA

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