The Lexus RC F is back for another model year, tempting buyers with its almost anachronistic, big naturally aspirated V-8 engine. Most of its competitors have switched to forced induction, which has both its pros and cons, but the RC F continues to keep things old-school. The engine sounds killer, and it’s wrapped in striking bodywork draped over what’s truly a very capable junior grand tourer. In other words, we’re pleased the RC F is back for 2022. It also gets some minor but noteworthy updates for the new model year.
The headliner is the return of the limited-edition Fuji Speedway Edition, which debuted last year and was limited to 60 units. Well, apparently the model garnered enough interest for a redux, as another 50 units are going to be available for 2022. This time, instead of a choice between Cloudburst Gray and Arctic Blast Satin white, the Fuji will only be available in Electric Surge, a sharp-looking blue also finished in matte-like satin. The contrasting hood returns, as well.
Now, the RC F is a heavy vehicle, which is part of what prompted Lexus to build the RC F Track Edition a couple of years back. That special edition managed to shave 177 pounds of mass from the vehicle by way of extensive use of carbon fiber and a sweet-sounding titanium exhaust system. Last year’s Fuji adopted the Track Edition’s weight-savings features, and the 2022 Fuji does as well. Lexus doesn’t quote a curb weight, but let’s assume it benefits from the same 177-pound diet of the Track Edition. Stopping power is enhanced by Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. Lexus claims all the weight savings help the RC F Fuji Speedway Edition shave just over 0.2 second from the run-of-the-mill RC F’s 0-60 mph time. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.