2019 Lexus RC F Review, Release Dates, Prices

Already one of the most recognizable performance cars on the road, the 2019 Lexus RC F coupe adds yet another new look this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “F” performance. Limited to 240 vehicles available for sale in the U.S., the 2019 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition has the look of a true exotic thanks to its eye-catching Matte Nebula Gray paint, the brand’s first use of matte paint on a production model since the legendary Lexus LFA went out of production in 2012. Standing in contrast to the flat gray paint is a set of polished black 19-inch BBS forged wheels and blue Brembo brake calipers. It’s a combination of colors and finishes that make a powerful statement rivaled only by the 467 horsepower V8 under the hood.

Owners of the RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition will be reminded that they’re driving something special every time they slip behind the wheel thanks to the Bespoke Fuji Blue interior trim. The distinctive blue color is applied to the seats, steering wheel, front seat belts, instrument panel cover, shifter and center console. The steering wheel also gets a white marker stripe at the top of the rim to give drivers a reference point during aggressive driving. The final flourish inside the RC F 10th Anniversary Edition is blue carbon fiber trim on the doors and center console.

WHAT’S NEW:

  • 10th Anniversary Special Edition, includes Matte Nebula Gray paint, blue Brembo brake calipers, polished black 19-inch BBS forged wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, Bespoke Fuji Blue leather trim on the steering wheel, seats, instrument panel hood and shifter, blue carbon trim on the doors, blue front seat belts, a white center marker stripe on the steering wheel, an embossed headliner and “F” logo side mirror projector lamps. Limited to 240 vehicles available for sale in the U.S.

POWERTRAIN

The 2019 Lexus RC F high-performance, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 is engineered for low weight and high strength with forged connecting rods and titanium intake and exhaust valves that allow a 7,300-rpm redline. Add optimized intake and exhaust manifolds to the mix and the result is an engine that delivers 467 horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of peak torque.

The high-pressure D-4S direct injection system, which also uses port fuel injectors, allows a high compression ratio (12.3:1) for optimized performance and efficiency. Variable Valve Timing (VVT-iE) enables the engine to operate in the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for optimal efficiency and can switch to the Otto cycle for higher performance when accelerating.

The eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission is the high-performance V8’s ideal dance partner, offering ultra-quick shifts, excellent drivability and linear acceleration. Lexus G force Artificial Intelligence Shift control (G AI-SHIFT) enhances performance by selecting the most suitable gear for sporty driving by monitoring numerous vehicle sensors. The G AI-SHIFT system also blips the throttle on downshifts to match revs and ensure smooth transitions on deceleration.

The V8 sounds scintillating through the Lexus F trademark stacked tailpipes. The special exhaust system emits a rumbling baritone note, and Active Sound Control (ASC) electronically “boosts” the sound in the cabin via the audio speakers.

Using the Drive Mode Select feature, the 2019 Lexus RC F driver can set vehicle performance responses according to the driving situation – or the driver’s mood. NORMAL mode provides the smoothest, most balanced ride quality and drivetrain performance. SPORT S adjusts the throttle settings to sharpen the engine’s responses.

SPORT S+ extracts the most from the powertrain and sets the Electric Power Steering (EPS) steering assist for the greatest degree of driving feel. ECO mode helps to enhance fuel efficiency by optimizing the throttle, engine tuning and climate control system. Custom mode can also be selected by pressing the dial switch once when in Normal mode to provide a combination of vehicle settings.

ENGINE

Type, Materials

V8, 90-degree with aluminum block and cylinder heads

Designation

2UR-GSE

Valvetrain

DOHC, 32- valve, Intake camshaft Electric Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-iE, Exhaust camshaft Hydraulic Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

Displacement

5.0 liters (4,969 cm3 /303.2 cu. in.)

Bore x Stroke

3.70 in. x 3.52 in.

Compression Ratio

12.3:1

Horsepower

467 @ 7,100 rpm

Torque

389 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 – 5,600 rpm

Fuel System

D-4S direct-to-cylinder injection with secondary port injectors

Fuel Requirement

Premium 91 octane unleaded

Emission Certification

LEV III – ULEV 70 with OBD

Fuel Capacity

17.4 gal.

DRIVETRAIN

Layout

Front engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD)

Transmission Type

8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic with paddle shift and manual mode

Center Differential Type

TORSEN Limited Slip

TVD (available)

PERFORMANCE

Max. Speed

170 mph

Zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec

Zero to 100 mph

9.9 sec

Standing ¼-mile

12.8 sec @ 114 mph

EPA FUEL ESTIMATED (mpg)

16 City/ 25 Highway/ 19 Combined

INTERIOR

Lexus designed the RC F cockpit to offer generous seat position adjustment range and seats that conform to the occupants’ physiques. For design inspiration, Lexus again turned to its LFA supercar and equipped the RC F with unique gauges, steering wheel, seats, trim and pedals. The 2019 Lexus RC F exclusive small-diameter (14.6 inch) three-spoke steering wheel has a thick rim with built-in finger rests and provides easy access to the large paddle shifters.

Lexus designed the RC F’s high-back front seats for track driving, yet they also provide outstanding everyday comfort. Special integrated foaming construction helps the seats conform to the occupant’s body. For maximum vehicle rigidity, the RC F has a stationary rear seatback but provides a trunk pass-through for carrying longer items, such as snowboards or skis.

The 2019 Lexus RC F revives the true meaning of “instrument panel” with a control center featuring cutting edge electronic displays. The unique TFT display tachometer, surrounded by a large-diameter machined aluminum ring, is the central gauge in the display — but it’s not always a tachometer.

The panel offers other systems for enthusiast drivers, including a lap timer function, G-force display, torque distribution display (for cars equipped with the Torque Vectoring Differential) and active rear wing status. Additionally, this in-dash display offers multimedia integration, allowing the occupants to view incoming calls, current song titles and more at a glance.

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length

185.2 in.

Overall Width

72.6 in. (mirror folded)

81.5 in. (mirror unfolded)

Overall Height

54.7 in.

Wheelbase

107.5 in

Ground Clearance

5.1 in.

Max Cargo Capacity

10.1 cu. ft

Curb Weight

3,958 lbs.

Seating Capacity

4

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The 2019 Lexus RC F is the high-performance version of the Lexus RC coupe. Specific F version upgrades include a 5.0-liter V8 engine, a specially tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, a limited-slip differential, an adaptive variable suspension, Brembo upgrade brakes, 19-inch forged alloy wheels and special styling and sport seats. It available in single trim level only.

Standard features includes LED headlights, automatic high beams, auto-dimming mirrors, adjustable drive modes, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, a rearview camera, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, simulated leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, Safety Connect emergency communications, Lexus Enform Remote services (smartphone-based remote vehicle controls), the Lexus Display Audio tech interface (7-inch screen and knob controller), Scout GPS Link smartphone-based navigation system, a USB port, and a 10-speaker sound system that includes a CD player and HD and satellite radio.

The optional Premium package adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, automatic wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, and carbon-fiber interior trim. The Performance package add a rear torque-vectoring differential, a carbon-fiber roof and a speed-activated carbon-fiber rear spoiler and an All-Weather package.

The navigation system comes bundled with the Remote Touch interface (a 10.3-inch screen and touchpad controller), two USB ports, voice controls and a suite of infotainment apps. You can also add to that a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and six-CD/DVD changer. Stand-alone options include upgraded LED headlights, a sunroof and leather upholstery.

To celebrate 10 years of F performance models, 250 RC Fs the 10th Anniversary Edition package will be available. This package adds unique 19-inch BBS wheels, blue brake calipers, blue leather seats with white highlights, blue leather on the steering wheel and shifter, and an embossed headliner.

The 2019 Lexus RC F has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $65,700. It in line with a BMW M4 coupe but several thousand more than the Audi S5. Prices climb quickly once you start adding options.

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