It was back in 2007 when Lexus introduced its first F-badged model – the raucous IS F – and now Toyota’s luxury division has decided to mark the anniversary by rolling out a dynamic duo of special editions.
Before you get your hopes up, though, these two are Japan-only models. Sad times.
Lexus hasn’t said how many cars are planned for production, but we do know these will be available in limited quantities in spring 2018 when the RC F and GS F will reach dealerships across the company’s home market. You’ll be able to tell them apart from the standard versions by the matte grey paint and numerous carbonfibre body parts. Inside, the cars will share a two-tone theme by combining black with a 'Heat Blue' color.
Gallery: Lexus GS F Special Edition
Some minor hardware upgrades have been made as the two cars come with lightweight titanium mufflers and performance shock absorbers to boost stability during cornering. The engineers from Lexus haven’t fiddled with the engine bays, so both the RC F and GS F continue to share a naturally aspirated 5-litre V8 engine with 467bhp and 389lb ft of torque.
Go for the coupe and it will do 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds whereas the saloon is a tenth of a second slower because of its slightly higher kerbweight. Regardless of choice, both will max out at 168mph. Despite the fact we’re dealing with two cars that have very different body styles, it's interesting to note that the RC F and GS F have the exact same drag coefficient of 0.33.
Gallery: Lexus RC F Special Edition
Main features of 10th anniversary limited-edition "F" models
Ever since the launch of the "IS F" in 2007, the development theme of Lexus "F" sports models has been "to create sports cars that can put smiles on the faces of anyone who wants to have fun driving, regardless of skill". This approach has raised the sports image of Lexus. The special-specification, limited-edition vehicles announced today and commemorating the 10th anniversary of the birth of "F" models are equipped with performance shock absorbers for improved steering stability and lightweight titanium mufflers, further enhancing the driving performance for which "F" models are known. CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) is used in exterior components for greater sports appeal, and body panels are in matte gray. The interior comes in a special color accented by the "F" symbol color "Heat Blue". This and other features accentuate the models' distinct character.
Lexus plans to sell the limited-edition RC F and the limited-edition GS F at Lexus dealers across Japan from around the spring of 2018.