It’s just a jump to the F

Riley Riley

It’s 10 years since the launch of Lexus’ first high performance F model — the IS F — in 2008.

To mark the occasion it has put together two drop dead gorgeous, limited edition versions of the RC F and GS F coupe and sedan.

Powered by the same 351kW V8 the cars are distinguished by matte grey paint, “Competition Blue” interior with carbon-fibre highlights, black polished alloys with blue brake calipers and front performance dampers.

They feature an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission that offers a wide range of sophisticated and driver-selectable electronic-control features, including G-sensors and artificial intelligence software for sports driving on winding roads.

Now for the good bit — they’re the same price as the standard car.

The Lexus F symbol is derived from the name and design of Japan’s Fuji Speedway, home of Lexus performance vehicle development.

It represents the first letter of the famed track’s name and depicts the first corner of Fuji Speedway, commonly known as 27R.

Lexus chief executive Scott Thompson said the 10th anniversary limited-edition models captured the sporting spirit of the F performance marque — cars honed on the track but designed for accessible road-going performance.

“The letter F symbolises a series of Lexus cars that are designed and engineered to deliver a higher level of sporting style and driving reward,” Mr Thompson said.

“These rare and exclusive versions reinforce that F models are built for drivers to immerse themselves in pure driving pleasure and satisfying performance.”

The 10th anniversary RC F is based on the RC F Carbon Pack, with a carbon fibre roof and active rear wing, and is priced from $151,929.

The GS F limited-edition sedan, which features a carbon-fibre lower grille surround and rear lip spoiler, is priced from $155,940.


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