Lexus RC F Goodwood Supercar Treat

In Lexus by Jonathan Humphrey

The first UK appearance of the Lexus RC F will be made at the Goodwood FOS

The extreme high-performance coupé that has been creating a stir around the world’s motor shows.

The Lexus LFA will also be at the FOS attacking the infamous Goodwood hill as one of the supercar competitors.

The car is being launched at the end of the year. Powering the RC F will be the most powerful V8 engine Lexus has yet used in a road car. The 5.0-litre, 32-valve engine develops more than 450bhp and 520Nm of torque, combined with a smooth eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission.

More new technology is used to make the RC F a great handling car with the use of a torque vectoring differential in a front engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. This combination is a World First for Lexus.

The combination of the more advanced and powerful engineering package, has been matched with its bold bodywork styling. A stronger treatment of the Lexus spindle grille and more cues directly inspired by the LFA super car, bonnet air outlets and front cooling ducts. The bodywork includes carbon fibre elements to help keep weight down, including the roof, bonnet and an active rear wing.

The RC F has evolved from the new Lexus RC coupe, which will follow it to market in 2015.

Lexus RC F specs

Engine capacity (l) and configuration 5.0 V8
Max. power (bhp/kW) ˃450/335
Max. torque (Nm) ˃520
Transmission 8-speed Sports Direct Shift, intelligent electronically controlled
Driven wheels Rear-wheel drive
Seating capacity 4
Overall length (mm) 4,705
Overall width (mm) 1,850
Overall height (mm) 1,390
Wheelbase (mm) 2,730
Kerb weight (kg) ˂1,800 (target)
Brakes Power-assisted Brembo discs
Wheels Front – 19 x 9J
Rear – 19 x 10J
Tyres Front – 255/35R19
Rear – 275/35R19
Estimated top speed (mph) 168 (electronically limited)

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