Fresh from their special appearances at the ‘Festival of F’ we hosted at Canary Wharf and recent CarFest South show, we arranged for the Lexus LFA and new Lexus RC F Carbon to meet once again back at our HQ. In addition to being an ideal shoulder-to-shoulder photo opportunity for our stunning pair, we wanted to use this time to capture a different kind of media content, especially of the forthcoming RC F.
What it is impossible for static images to convey is the aural and visual drama of the Lexus RC F in action. With that in mind, we have already videoed the car going up the Goodwood hill climb and seen it execute the perfect donut.
But if its recent show attendances are anything to go by, potential buyers have been clamouring to hear what this most powerful Lexus V8 engine sounds like on start-up and experience the spine-tingling tones emanating from the quad exhausts. They have also wanted to watch the graceful rise and fall of the adjustable rear spoiler and attractive animation of the LFA-inspired instrument cluster.
It has not always been possible to accommodate these requests on location, so we have put them together in a series of short video clips below.
We begin with the powerplant, an all-new, high-tech 5.0-litre V8 producing over 450bhp. Engineered to seamlessly switch between two different engine cycles, it delivers incredible performance as well as everyday usability and optimum economy.
Multiple exhaust tail pipes have been a feature of all F-badged Lexus models. The LFA was notable for its central triangulation of tail pipes and the IS F for its twin figure-of-eight outlets. The RC F, on the other hand, runs four independent tail pipes in two pairs.
The system begins with large-diameter front pipes to minimise back pressure and ensure high power output. Merged areas have been enlarged to produce a clearer engine sound, and the structure of the main silencer is optimised to be both quiet a low revs and deliver dynamic volume at mid-to-high revs.
The active rear wing (moulded in carbon fibre on the RC F Carbon) is one of a number of aerodynamic features found on the Lexus RC F. It rises when the car is travelling above 50mph, adding an extra level of stability at high speed.
The Drive Mode Select feature allows the driver to cycle between three different driving moods – Eco, Normal and Sport S – each of which is accompanied by unique graphics within the central tachograph.
Lexus has also included a new Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management function, which allows the driver to change the car’s handling characteristics between four incremental modes: Off, Normal, Sport and Expert.
In an additional layer of control, Lexus has introduced the world’s first Torque-Vectoring Differential in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive car. Fitted as standard on RC F Carbon and optional on RC F, it enables the driver to vector torque in three switchable operating modes, independent of the transmission’s Drive Mode Select: Standard, for a balance between performance and stability; Slalom, for greater emphasis on steering response; and Track mode, for consistent, stable reactions when engaging in high-speed circuit driving.