The 2022 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition is an all-around excellent sports car for its power, handling, solid inputs, and exclusivity.
The F in F Division stands for “flagship”, as well as the legendary Fuji Speedway, their chief test facility for all performance vehicles. Because of this, it should be no surprise that their current F car, the 2020 RC F, provides a thrilling experience with great power and excellent handling. Though, it kind of is a surprise. Lexus is still burned into most consumers’ judgement as a brand of luxury, value, a smooth ride, and generally not being engineered for fun. They’re more known for small SUVs and big sedans engineered for, well, normies. The RC F on the other hand, we’re happy to report, marches to the beat of a different, more performance-oriented drum.
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Ask a random soul what descriptors first come to mind when they think of the Lexus brand, and they’re likely to offer terms like “luxury”, “refinement” and “maturity”. Back in 1989, the first Lexus models made landfall in the US as a premium alternative to the more prosaic models produced by parent company Toyota, with the LS sedan leading the charge – a car which embodied those values and continues to do so today. More recently, Lexus has sought to make inroads in the sport-luxury market, a segment long dominated by BMW’s M division, AMG and Audi’s S and RS lineup.
Back in November at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled the production-ready RC Coupe. While the RC Coupe certainly looked the business, with a choice of either a 314 hp V6 or a 2.5-liter Lexus Hybrid Drive system, RC and IS chief engineer Junichi Furuyama stated at the time that the RC Coupe was designed to ”deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than overwhelms drivers”. At the time, we took that as an indication that this new coupe might end up being a lot more show than go. Fortunately, it turns out that the overwhelming level of performance was being reserved for another variant of the new coupe: the RC F.
The Lexus enthusiast forum ClubLexus recently unearthed an interesting tidbit of information—the Japanese brand recently filed a trademark for the European and United States markets for the name RC F.