Lexus celebrating F’s 10th anniversary with limited editions

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Sep 2018

Limited edition GS F and RC F models will arrive in New Zealand later this year in celebration of a decade of F.

Just 500 models will be built globally, with New Zealand getting five RC Fs and ten GS Fs.

“These models are the purest expression of Lexus performance,” said Paul Carroll, the Senior General Manager of Lexus New Zealand. “The limited anniversary edition vehicles celebrate Lexus’ commitment to performance through the F brand, and are built for drivers to immerse themselves in pure driving pleasure and satisfying performance.”

The models are finished in matte Nebula Grey and have unique gloss black 19-inch alloy wheels with blue Brembo brake callipers. It is the first time matte paint has been used on a Lexus since the LFA.

In the RC F, the front seats are finished in a blue semi-aniline leather with white accents. The same blue finish can be found on the shift knob, steering wheel, front seat belt straps and instrument panel hood. The anniversary edition also includes special embossed headlining to give the coupe’s interior a personalised appearance.

For the GS F sedan, the front seats mimic those in the RC F while the rear seats also get a splash of blue leather on the side bolsters. Additional blue carbon trim is used on the centre console along with a blue Alcantara dash trim and blue seatbelt straps. A sunroof is also included in the limited edition GS F.

Each anniversary edition model is fitted with a discreet metal plaque on the interior trim highlighting the car’s special status.

Power for each comes from a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 which sends 351kW/530Nm to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. Lexus has worked on the torque vectoring differential system at the Nürburgring and Fuji Speedway to fine-tune its integration with the vehicle dynamic integrated management (VDIM) system. The latter features a Sport mode and an Expert setting for circuit driving.

The limited edition anniversary models will land in October, and are priced as follows:

RC F Coupe anniversary edition - $177,500

GS F Sedan anniversary edition - $178,400

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