RC F 10th anniversary limited edition on show in Chicago

At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus revealed two limited edition models to mark the tenth anniversary of the evocative ‘F’ designation

Both the RC F and GS F 10th anniversary special editions have now been displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. And while the GS F will be limited to the U.S. and Japanese markets only, a limited number of RC Fs will be sold in Europe.

The limited edition RC F has a number of unique features. We take a look at what makes this car so special.

Nebula Grey paint

The transformation of the RC F starts with a coat of matte finish Nebula Grey paint. It’s the first use of matte paint on a Lexus production vehicle since the LFA supercar. Particular care was taken to assure that the unique finish was durable enough for the rigours of everyday use, including the ability to withstand the average car wash without degrading the quality of the finish.

The dark grey finish contrasts with the standard polished black multispoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tyres. Blue brake callipers behind the 19-inch wheels add a splash of colour and hint at the changes found inside.

One slight change from the cars shown at Tokyo is that the black side skirts are now painted in Nebula Grey, matching the rest of the bodywork.

Blue leather interior

Open the door and you’re greeted by unique blue carbon fibre trim on the window switch panel and dashboard, along with blue leather accents that give the interior the look of a custom-made exotic. The car also gets engraved plaques certifying its limited-edition status.

The RC F coupe’s front sports seats get blue leather with white accents along with a blue accented shift knob, steering wheel and instrument panel hood. An embossed headliner is also part of the package to give the interior an even more personalised appearance.

Exhilarating performance

All RC F coupés feature a 467-horsepower, 5.0-litre V8 that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. A Torsen limited-slip differential is standard, along with variable dampers and multiple drive modes. A torque vectoring differential will also be available as an option.

Although European specifications for this car have not been confirmed, this is the best indication yet of what the RC F 10th anniversary edition will look like – and we can’t wait to see one in the flesh.

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