While parent company Toyota is set to, finally, debut the new Supra at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, its upmarket cousin apparently doesn’t want to be left out of the performance fun — so the Lexus RC F Track Edition is going to be unveiled in Motor City as well.
Now, we’ve been fortunate enough to drive the had the privilege of driving the RC F on a few different tracks, including the Circuito del Jarama outside Madrid, New York’s Monticello Motor Club, and Japan’s famed Fuji Speedway. As you might imagine, it was a total blast, so we’re beyond excited to what additional performance the engineers have wrung out of it.
Now, there’s plenty of standard performance bits we’re expecting to see here, including a more aggressive front splitter, a big wing, and stiffer suspension, along with a carbon fiber hood and roof. There’s also a rumor of ultra-grabby, fade-free carbon brakes.
But the big question we have is in regard to the naturally aspirated V8 under the hood. In current spec, the 5.0-liter eight-pot is good for a respectable 467 horsepower, which is exactly the same power it had when the RC F debuted back in 2014. It’s a wonderful mill, with smooth, linear power delivery, and it makes a great noise. But since then, that 467-horsepower figure has remained stubbornly the same, even as it’s been pressed into service for the GS F and the LC 500.
So we’re beyond curious as to how much power Toyota’s ace engine gurus feel they were leaving on the table, and we’d bet we’ll finally see it crest the 500-horsepower mark in the RC F Track Edition. We’ll have more details a little later this month, but until then, check out the teaser video Lexus released ahead of the show.
And if you like what you see? Put in a call to your local AutoNation-affiliated Lexus dealer, because if you want one of these weapons-grade track machines, it’d be a good idea to get on a wait list.