The current generation Lexus RC was launched in 2013, however with the new IS 500 model on the way we are not sure what the future holds for the RC. This means that we think the RC F Fuji Speedway Edition could be the send off for the RC we were hoping for. The RC F Fuji Speedway Edition is named after the world-renowned “Temple of Speed” in the foothills of Mount Fuji—the birthplace of Lexus high-performance, in Oyama, Japan.
The wonderfully sonorous V8 is the 5.0-liter Lexus unit that produces 472 hp at 7,100 rpm and 395 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm. It is paired with an 8 speed Aisin automatic transmission, it has less power than its European rivals, but it makes up for that by having a raucous V8 instead of whistling turbos. Lexus has swapped out the standard Torque Vectoring Differential for a Torsen unit that provides better traction and power delivery for both track and road. While driving it around town it is mild mannered and happy to be easy-going and benign with light and lazy throttle inputs, but it quickly jumps into action with any input past half-throttle and pushing it over 2,200 RPM.
The vehicle itself is limited to just 60 units and takes after the RC F Track Edition that debuted last year. Similar to the Track Edition, the Fuji Speedway Edition adds Brembo carbon ceramic brakes (14.9-inch rotors and 6-piston front/4-piston rear calipers never hint at any degree of fade), a titanium exhaust and has gone through an extensive weight savings program that includes a big dose of carbon fiber. The bonnet, roof, wing, front spoiler, rear-seat partition and bumper reinforcement are all made of carbon fiber. What really stood out to us was how aggressive the car looks, the rear wing is positively menacing in the rearview mirror. Up front, the huge black grille is framed by a carbon-fiber splitter and two aggressive air intakes at each side to cool the brakes. The bonnet is made of molded carbon fiber that’s absolutely beautiful to look at on both sides, and the wing looks incredible for being factory-equipped, with a deep finish and F badging woven into its winglets. Another key takeaway are the vents at the back of the fenders are functional and used to remove built up air pressure and improve overall aerodynamics. When you combine all of these additions I don’t think any other car on the market has this amount of factory carbon fiber and aero engineered at this price point. All these weight savings and additions help the 0-60 mph time fall to 3.96 seconds, down from the 4.2 seconds of the standard RC F.
The Fuji Speedway Edition only comes in Arctic Blast Satin or Cloudburst Gray add in the forged BBS wheels and it is separated from any other RC out there. Every Fuji Speedway Edition car will also come with a Circuit Red leather interior and Alcantara accents. Red carbon fiber trim is added to make the interior feel even more special. As a final touch, Lexus is including a limited production MSTR watch with each car. It has Fuji Speedway and F logos, and also features red stitching on its band to match the interior. The interior is spacious and provides good visibility all-around, it is comfortable at any speeds with a quiet, well-insulated interior to help drown out road and wind noise. However one addition that stands out inside is the addition of a single button that just reads “Launch Control”.
Getting in the driver’s seat and you feel at ease, the brakes feel like they’ll stop a train and the steering has tremendous feel, accuracy and feedback. This all makes it an absolute joy to drive. When you are behind the wheel you feel the car rather than asking, telling you it wants to go fast. Sport and Sport+ modes are much firmer in the Fuji and you will get bumped around no matter what setting you are in. You do have very little body roll thanks to its F Adaptive Variable Suspension and in addition to these Sachs-sourced dampers it’s all multi-link, fully-independent engineering under its arches.
Lexus has given the standard RC F a couple worthwhile upgrades, too. Android Auto is now in the picture, joining Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, however it still features the Achilles heel of the touchpad (Lexus’ Remote Touch). Additionally, Lexus has made blind-spot warnings with rear cross-traffic alert standard, alongside heated exterior mirrors and a memory driver’s seat. Lexus also made parking sensors part of the Premium Package. The RC F Fuji comes standard with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, and automatic high beams.
Pricing is set at $97,100 some $30K more than the standard RC F our test vehicle had some options including LED headlamps ($1,160), Navigation Package with Mark Levinson Audio (2,725), and Intuitive Park Assist ($500) taking the price to $102,510 including destination. Yes it does cost more than the base model BMW M4 and Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe, but when taken into account additions to make them comparable the Lexus is a cheaper option. Lexus has done an impressive job with the look and feel of the Fuji Special edition. The 2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition is a special car indeed, in the end I had a ton of fun inside the Fuji Speedway edition and I couldn’t stop smiling, however I will be honest and say I was devastated when I had to give the keys back.