2016 Lexus RC F Effortlessly Rumbles The Streets And Track

Developed alongside the stunning RC sports coupe, the RC F is an extension of the F brand heritage and has elements of the LFA supercar and IS F performance sedan coursing throughout its design. It’s a jolt to the eyes with a more striking version of the RC body outfitted with wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and available carbon fiber body features components. In the rear, the RC F features functional stacked exhaust tailpipes that make it even more distinctive.

2016 Lexus RC F

First introduced for 2015 model year, RC F drives into the 2016 model year with Lexus Enform Service Connect and optional orange brake calipers.

Drivers can now opt in for additional peace of mind with Lexus Enform Service Connect. Lexus Enform Service Connect (one-year complimentary subscription) allows customers to remotely view information about certain aspects of their Lexus vehicle via the MyLexusandBeyond mobile application for iOS smartphone users or LexusDrivers.com.  Information includes maintenance alerts, warning light notifications and a vehicle health report that includes email and push notifications for diagnostic information, required maintenance reminders, current vehicle alerts, service campaigns, and more.

The RC F packs a powerful punch with a 467-horsepower version of the F-tuned 5.0-liter V8, backed up by a close-ratio eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift transmission and available Torque Vectoring Differential.

Lexus developed the RC F to excel on the track as well as the road. Body rigidity, suspension, brakes, tires and all other systems were developed with the expectation that RC F owners would be taking their cars to track day events.

There, they will enjoy the way the car’s electronically enhanced driveline, based on Lexus’ Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM), enables average drivers to get closer to limits previously attainable only by trained professionals. The same systems offer enhanced levels of active safety on the road.

Looks That Thrill

You see the grille first. The signature Lexus spindle grille looks menacing in black mesh, and when you look closely at the RC F’s grille, you’ll see the “F” motif repeated in the mesh pattern.

Built on the same 107.5-inch wheelbase as the RC, the RC F is slightly lower, wider and longer. The RC F is 0.2 inches (5 mm) wider than RC, thanks to its distinctive flared and laser-brazed wheel arches. It’s 0.4 inches (10 mm) longer due to the packaging of its rear aerodynamic devices, and it’s 0.2 inches (5 mm) lower. The stance, amplified by the wider, lower-profile tires, is even more of a ready-to-attack pounce than on the RC.

Yet, there’s nothing superfluous here. Every styling design feature of the RC F has a positive aerodynamic benefit. A continuous flow from the hood and front fender through to the belt line emphasizes the crouching nature and contributes to airflow.

Cooling ducts within the RC F grille supply air to oil coolers. At the rear of the front fender, a large L-shaped cooling outlet provides essential cooling and aerodynamic functions and also conveys the car’s performance enhancement.

The hood is raised in the center to accommodate and emphasize the V8, and a meshed vent in the center supports aerodynamics and cooling.

And there’s nothing reserved about the three different 19-inch wheel designs developed exclusively for the RC F.

A Body That Cheats the Wind

When it comes to beating the wind, cheating is acceptable. Designers seeking ideal aerodynamics for a high-performance car, though, must also accommodate pedestrian protection elements, in addition to the usual need to provide adequate cooling for a high-output engine and track-capable brakes.

All the intake and outlet ducts are functional, helping to cool the brakes and vent the engine compartment. The air outlets on the hood and fenders not only exhaust hot air from the engine compartment but also help to smooth the airflow toward the rear of the vehicle.

The RC F uses aerodynamics to help support stability at higher speeds. Some of the features are obvious, such as the auto-deploying four-link rear wing, while others, including aero spats and fins, blend into the dramatic coupe design. Yet, all aero elements work together to use the flow of air over and under the body to help enhance controllability at higher speeds.

The sharp cut-off at the trunk edge helps to smooth airflow from the roof when the wing is not deployed – and looks pretty sharp doing it. Rear bumper corners keep the airflow smooth, supporting the effects from the four-link active rear wing, a technology adopted from the LFA.

Lexus tuned the vehicle’s flat underbody, applying aerodynamic undercovers and aero stabilizing fins. Fins at the bottom edge of the rear bumper direct airflow from under the car. You’ll even find aero stabilizing fins on the tip of the doorframe molding and the rear lamps.

Front and rear wheel spats reduce airflow hitting the tires, while front fender liners are designed to help direct airflow along the tires, in the direction of wheel rotation. The rear fender liner has a bead to direct airflow generated by the tires to the outside of the vehicle. Even the shark-fin style roof antenna helps contribute to stability.

Wing Man

With technology adopted from the LFA, a wing deploys from the RC F trunk lid at a vehicle speed of approximately 50 mph to increase downforce as vehicle speed rises. As the vehicle’s speed drops below approximately 25 mph, the wing retracts. Alternatively, the driver can control rear wing deployment from the cockpit.

And for drivers who don’t mind even more attention while reducing vehicle weight, there’s an available carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof and rear wing, developed from the LFA and IS F CCS-R racecar.

467 Horsepower V8. Any Questions?

The 2UR-GSE 467 horsepower V8 runs on the Atkinson cycle when operating at cruising speeds, to help enhance fuel economy. It’s a trick picked up from the brand’s hybrids. In the Atkinson cycle, the inlet valves are held open longer than normal to allow a reverse flow of intake air into the intake manifold, thereby decreasing pumping loss and increasing thermal efficiency.

The VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Electric motor) technology extends the range of inlet camshaft timing adjustment for the Atkinson cycle. The instant more power is called for, the engine switches to the Otto cycle.

Special features of the RC F engine include titanium valves, forged connecting rods, an optimized exhaust layout to more effectively harness exhaust pulses and an air-cooled oil cooler for optimum durability.

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