The Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2016 may be more about utility vehicles that serve basic motoring needs, but there are treats for car enthusiasts as well. Here’s one: the Lexus RC F optioned with a full carbon fibre pack. The carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) panels on the hood, roof and rear spoiler shave off 10 kg from the big coupe. Looks delicious in red + carbon doesn’t it?

The Lexus RC F is the F (for Fuji Speedway, the Japanese track where much of Lexus’ high-speed development occurs) performance flagship of the RC coupe range, which is the two door sister of the IS. This car fights the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, but unlike the boosted German duo, Lexus kept faith with a big naturally-aspirated V8 engine that must be one of the last of its kind.

The 5.0 litre unit makes 477 PS at 7,100 rpm and 530 Nm of torque from 4,800 to 5,600 rpm. Drive is channeled through a close-ratio eight-speed ‘sports direct shift’ automatic with the option of a world’s first torque-transfer type torque-vectoring system for a front-engine/rear-drive car. It gets to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, on to a top speed of 270 km/h.


Although it has 12% more power than the IS F’s V8, this 2UR-GSE engine adopts the Atkinson cycle when operating at cruising speeds for better economy. Comparable to a 4.2 litre engine at maximum at a cruise, Lexus says.

Seventy per cent of RC F’s suspension hardware is unique. The F has all-coil suspension, with double wishbones at the front and a multi-link unit at the rear. They include new springs, dampers and stabiliser bar with revised characteristics, as well as suspension bushing and bound stopper. The steering knuckle and lower arm have been redesigned to alter the king-pin offset. Also different is the suspension geometry.

The RC F gets upgraded brakes, with 380 mm spiral-fin front rotors, improved brake cooling and a vertical g-sensor as part of the ABS control. The latter a direct result of extensive testing at the Nurburgring, Lexus says. It allows for changes in vertical loads, and hence optimise control of braking force the instant load returns to the tyres after jumping a crest.

Available from Lexus Malaysia for RM743k for those who want a unique coupe, in both design and hardware.