Marking the tenth anniversary since the first model from Lexus’s “F” performance division was released, the Japanese prestige car brand announced special limited-edition versions of the RC F coupe and GS F sedan today, some of which will be coming to Australia next year.
Both models were unveiled at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show and will be released in a limited run of 500 units. The pair are expected to make their Australian debut in the second half of 2018, with local allocation yet to be confirmed, but Lexus Australia plans to sell 50 units of each.
The first Lexus F model (which takes its name from Japan's Fuji Speedway - the home of Lexus performance vehicle development) was the IS F sedan in 2008. That was followed by the LFA supercar in 2011.
Lexus Australia chief executive Peter McGregor said the F Line was born to demonstrate the brand's passion for driving dynamics and performance along with its strong reputation for quality, ride comfort, innovation and refinement.
"These two special versions of our acclaimed RC F coupe and GS F sedan will heighten the performance aura around the Lexus brand with their unique styling, performance features and exclusivity," Mr McGregor said.
Both the GS F and RC F limited editions come equipped with performance front dampers for “improved body rigidity and steering stability to further enhance driving performance,” but there’s no mention of any power upgrades, so assume the same 351kW and 530Nm from the 5.0-litre V8 engine used in the regular GS F and RC F.
Appearance-wise, interior parts like the seats, steering wheel and gear shifter are finished in "Heat Blue", with carbon fibre trim also incorporating a blue weave. Other features include body panels in matte grey, blue brake calipers, a carbon fibre bonnet on the RC F and gloss black wheels.
McGregor said "F" vehicles have brought a new level of performance and enjoyment to the Lexus range.
"They have raised the sports image of Lexus by creating sports cars that can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to have fun driving, regardless of skill."
Pricing and full specs for the Lexus RC F and GS F will be revealed closer to local launch.