Australia is set for a new sports model from Lexus when the brand introduces two exclusive “F” sports models next year to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the brand’s premium performance division.
The two specially equipped limited-edition cars – the RC F coupe and GS F sedan – were unveiled at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
They are expected to arrive in Australia during the second half of 2018, marking a decade since the local launch of the first Lexus to bear the “F” symbol, the IS F sports sedan.
Volume for Australia has not been confirmed, but in Japan Lexus plans to sell just 50 units each of the limited-edition RC F and GS F.
Lexus Australia chief executive Peter McGregor said the F Line was born to demonstrate the brand’s passion for driving dynamics and performance along with its strong reputation for quality, ride comfort, innovation and refinement.
“These two special versions of our acclaimed RC F coupe and GS F sedan will heighten the performance aura around the Lexus brand with their unique styling, performance features and exclusivity,” Mr McGregor said.
The limited-edition V8-powered GS F and RC F are equipped with front performance dampers for improved body rigidity and steering stability that further enhance the driving performance for which “F” models are known.
A special interior colour “Heat Blue” and other features including body panels in matte grey accentuate the distinct character of the two models.
The RC F and GS F are the third and fourth models to launch from the Lexus “F” division, following the IS F V8 sedan in 2008 and the pinnacle of the Lexus brand’s “F” performance-car history, the LFA supercar in 2011.
Mr McGregor said “F” vehicles are designed for driving enthusiasts and have brought a new level of performance and enjoyment to the Lexus range.
“They have raised the sports image of Lexus by creating sports cars that can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to have fun driving, regardless of skill,” he said.
The Lexus “F” symbol is derived from the name and design of Japan’s Fuji Speedway – the home of Lexus performance vehicle development.
The signature badge represents the first letter of the famed track’s name and depicts the first corner of Fuji Speedway, commonly known as 27R.