Lexus RC-F – Powertrain
The Lexus RC-F has a 5.0 liter, V8 engine that puts out 473 PS at 7,100 rpm and 530 Nm of torque at 4,800 to 5,600 rpm. It is known that you need to work a Naturally Aspirated engine hard to get the best performance from it and the 2UR-GSE is no different.
Below 4,000 rpm, the engine is quiet and feels no faster than your average car but above 4,000 rpm, all the power explodes and is released, with speed increasing at a ferocious rate. Since it does not have a turbo, the torque delivery is linear. Lexus tinkered with the throttle response and made more rigid engine mounts in 2019. The 2UR-GSE now pushes out 481 PS (+8 PS) and 535 Nm (+5 Nm) of torque.
The RC-F’s engine is paired with an 8-speed, torque converter automatic transmission. There is no manual transmission or fancy dual-clutch transmission. It is traditional and old-fashioned, but it does the job well and shifts smoothly. Throttle response changes according to the chosen driving mode and Sport+ mode delivers the best overall performance. The facelift model gets a higher final drive ratio and acceleration improved greatly.
Lexus picked the Double Wishbone suspension for the front and a Multi-link for the rear. Shock absorbers used were Monotube absorbers when it first launched. In 2016, Lexus made their Driver-selectable Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) standard for the RC-F. The AVS system electronically monitors and controls the damping force at all four wheels simultaneously using sensors.
There are 4 driving modes available: Normal, Eco, Sport S, and Sport S+. Throttle response, steering feel, and transmission shifting are affected by these driving modes. If you want to save some petrol you could drive in Eco mode and a comfortable ride in Normal mode. When you have a need for speed then go for Sport or Sport S+ and you will be guaranteed to have fun.
Buyers could choose to have the standard Torsen mechanical Limited Slip Differential (LSD) or a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) as an option. The TVD allows torque to be sent to either rear wheel instead of just the inner wheel like the Torsen and it has 3 settings: Standard, Slalom, and Track. Each mode adjusts the agility and stability of the car based on driving conditions.