Updated Lexus RC F to Offer More Power, Cosmetic Refresh

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Lexus RC F

Mid-cycle refresh promises to help the Lexus RC F keep pace with its boosted German rivals.

In its roughly four years on the market, the Lexus RC F has soldiered on basically unchanged. According to a recent report by Autocar, however, that stalemate will come to an end next year. An updated Lexus RC F, which was caught testing at the Nürburgring recently, will come with a host of mid-cycle updates designed to help it continue to do battle with the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.

According to Autocar, that means more power from the RC F’s naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8. Lexus will once again forgo the forced induction route, instead giving their luxury sports coupe a healthy boost in power to better do battle with the boosted Germans. Which, according to guys like Chris Harris, makes it a superior option, anyway.

Lexus RC F

Autocar also speculates that the refreshed Lexus RC F will, like the rest of the automaker’s lineup, receive a number of new driver assist technologies. That would likely include the latest in adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking systems.

Spy shots of the refreshed RC also indicate a host of subtle and evolutionary styling changes as well. Expect to see slightly reshaped bumpers and skirts, at the very least. Which, coincidentally, just happen to be the bits concealed by camo on the developmental model spotted in Germany.

Lexus RC F

As of now, it isn’t clear when the newly updated Lexus RC F will be officially unveiled. But considering the advanced nature of the test mule, Autocar speculates that it could drop in early 2018. They also expect the new car’s asking price to be similar to the current car’s starting price of $64,165. So if the refreshed Lexus RC F isn’t your cup of tea, at least maybe you can score a deal on a new ’17.

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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