These Special Lexus Models Will Be Rare
Did you recognize Lexus has been making “F” vehicles for ten years? Wait, do you know that Lexus was once even making F vehicles? I did however I didn’t know that. Somewhere at the back of my thoughts, I knew Lexus had this F designation, however I by no means knew what it designated. So right here we're, ten years on, and we get to rejoice, what, precisely?
According to Lexus, that F badge manner the auto has “the purest expression of Lexus performance.” Sure, no matter. Essentially F is to Lexus what M is to BMW and S is to Audi. F is the efficiency sub-brand inside Lexus itself. And, to mention the least, Lexus is beautiful durned satisfied about making these items for ten years.
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They are so satisfied in truth, that at this 12 months’s Chicago Auto Show, the Japanese luxo-brand rolled out now not one however two commemorative rides: The 2018 Lexus GS F and RC F 10th Anniversary. The GS F and RC F particular editions are set to reach at Lexus sellers this summer time and, unsurprisingly, will include unique options befitting of limited-edition fashions.
Starting with the outdoor, each vehicles are available a matte end Nebula Gray paint scheme. This is a fond go back to matte finishes for Lexus, for the reason that closing time they used it was once on their LFA supercar. And whilst we’re right here: Hey Lexus, when are we going to get a follow-on to the LFA? Anyhoo, Lexus says this new Nebula Gray has been toughened up for “the rigors of everyday use, including the ability to withstand the average mechanized car wash.” That’s great of them.
Polished black multispoke 19-inch wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires come same old, and distinction well with the darkish grey paint. Beneath those fancy wheels are blue brake calipers so as to add a splash of colour.
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On the interior, that theme continues with blue carbon fiber trim for the panels and sprint with blue leather-based accents all through. Further cool anniversary stuff to be discovered within the RC F coupe are the game seats defined in blue leather-based with white accents, and a blue shift knob. Same is going for the guidance wheel and software panel. For the GS F, there’s further blue carbon trim at the middle console, a blue suede sprint, and blue seatbelt straps.
Blue, blue, blue. Everywhere blue!
Power & Performance
Powertrain-wise, each the coupe and sedan paintings with the similar 467 horsepower five.Zero-liter V8, however there are variations and tweaks right here and there. The plant within the RC F coupe sends the grunt to the rear wheels by means of an eight-speed automated field. Lexus says that is just right sufficient to scoot to 60 mph in four.four seconds. Nice! There’s additionally a Torsen limited-slip diff as same old, together with variable dampers (shocks) and more than one pressure modes. If you wish to have to soak up the choice, there’s a torque vectoring differential to be had. Take it.
Like I stated, the GS F sedan has the similar mill and in addition works with the similar eight-speed automated to position energy to the rears. The torque vectoring diff, alternatively, comes same old. Even regardless that the GS F is a sedan, it's only a tic slower than the RC F coupe, clocking four.five seconds from a prevent to 60 mph. Oh, and it will get as much as 24 mpg at the freeway. Not unhealthy! Variable dampers? Check. A number of pressure modes? Also test, however there’s a complete customized environment permitting you to regulate other parameters. Slick.
Pricing & Availability
Finally, there may be the just about obligatory engraved plaque bragging concerning the automobile’s limited-edition standing. And by means of restricted, Lexus manner handiest 240 10th Anniversary RC Fs will probably be noticed at the streets. That works out to one anniversary RC F in step with U.S. broker. So get line now. If your tastes run extra towards the GS F, you in reality were given to hustle, since there will probably be handiest 100 of them.
Lexus says there will probably be further programs for each, however cryptically notes they “will be required.” What on Earth that implies, I have no idea. There’s no phrase on pricing both.
Tony Borroz has spent his whole existence racing vintage and sports activities vehicles. He is the writer of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, to be had in paperback or Kindle layout.
2018 Lexus GS F Gallery
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