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2020 Lexus RC F

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Competes with: BMW M4, Cadillac ATS-V, Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe

Looks like: Lexus has uncovered the RC F’s mean streak

Drivetrains: 472-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Summer 2019

Lexus is updating its performance-oriented RC F coupe for 2020 with added power and edgier styling, while also injecting even more excitement into the lineup with a new Track Edition. Both models will be on the Lexus stage at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Related: More 2019 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

Exterior

The RC F’s face gets more attitude for 2020 thanks to a more pinched grille, crisper lines and more dramatic, stacked headlights. In the back, revised taillights nestle into a more chiseled-looking bumper.

The limited-production Track Edition, meanwhile, is hard to miss. It wears a specific lower spoiler made from carbon fiber. Lexus says it was designed to reduce the vehicle’s weight and increase front-end downforce for improved handling. The rear end sports a fixed carbon-fiber wing, which replaces the RC F’s standard active spoiler. The wing is lighter than the regular spoiler, but it also reduces drag and adds downforce.

The Track Edition loses weight in other ways too. It rides on lighter, 19-inch forged-alloy wheels and sports a lot more carbon fiber, including parts of the hood and the roof. Overall, the Track Edition weighs 176 pounds less than the previous RC F.

The RC F Tra...

Competes with: BMW M4, Cadillac ATS-V, Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe

Looks like: Lexus has uncovered the RC F’s mean streak

Drivetrains: 472-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Summer 2019

Lexus is updating its performance-oriented RC F coupe for 2020 with added power and edgier styling, while also injecting even more excitement into the lineup with a new Track Edition. Both models will be on the Lexus stage at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Related: More 2019 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

Exterior

The RC F’s face gets more attitude for 2020 thanks to a more pinched grille, crisper lines and more dramatic, stacked headlights. In the back, revised taillights nestle into a more chiseled-looking bumper.

The limited-production Track Edition, meanwhile, is hard to miss. It wears a specific lower spoiler made from carbon fiber. Lexus says it was designed to reduce the vehicle’s weight and increase front-end downforce for improved handling. The rear end sports a fixed carbon-fiber wing, which replaces the RC F’s standard active spoiler. The wing is lighter than the regular spoiler, but it also reduces drag and adds downforce.

The Track Edition loses weight in other ways too. It rides on lighter, 19-inch forged-alloy wheels and sports a lot more carbon fiber, including parts of the hood and the roof. Overall, the Track Edition weighs 176 pounds less than the previous RC F.

The RC F Track Edition will be available in two exterior colors: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray.

Interior

Inside, the RC F’s cabin carries over — including the less-than-loved multimedia system — but the Track Edition’s upgrades are sure to stand out. Its standard red leather seats and surfaces are accented by red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard.

Under the Hood

The previous model’s 5.0-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission pairing carries over, but the engine now makes 472 horsepower, up 5 hp. Torque is also up slightly to 395 pounds-feet.

Newly standard this year is an electronic launch control system that Lexus says automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum acceleration from a stop. With the system, the RC F is good for a zero-to-60-mph time of just 4.2 seconds.

Lexus says the RC F’s structural enhancements include improved aerodynamics, reduced weight and a retuned suspension. The weight reduction comes from a few tweaks, including using more lightweight aluminum suspension components. In back, hollow half-shafts replace the previous solid shafts. In front, a pared-down intake manifold and a smaller air-conditioning compressor also help save weight.

Related: Lexus Has Us Dreaming of Summer With LC Convertible Concept

The Track Edition uses the same 5.0-liter V-8, but Lexus says all that weight savings pays off: The car sprints from zero-to-60 mph in 3.96 seconds. Bonus: it should sound more aggressive, too, thanks to its Titanium exhaust tips.

That sound is worth enhancing, too, as the Track Edition uses the same 472hp, normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 found in every 2020 RC F. In fact, when combined with the Track Edition’s reduced curb weight, this RC F has the best power-to-weight ratio among its competitors. Couple that with the new electronic launch control system, and the RC F Track Edition is a formidable machine.

Both the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition will start production in the spring. The automaker hasn’t yet confirmed how many Track Editions will be made, but officials have hinted that the production run will be very limited.

Lexus are pulling the wraps off the coupes today (Jan. 14) at the Detroit auto show. As usual, we’ll have a team of automotive journalists onsite covering all the action, so check back for more information.

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Lexus RC F currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Lexus RC F has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RC F received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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