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  1. Limited edition version of the RC F coupe marks 10 years of Lexus’s “F” performance model designation RC F 10th Anniversary features exclusive Mercury Grey matt paint finish, gloss black exterior detailing and Blue Carbon interior upholstery New model’s launch coincides with RC F GT3 delivering race-winning performances in international competition It is 10 years since Lexus first introduced the concept of its “F” models – cars that are designed and engineered specifically to deliver exhilarating performance. To celebrate this landmark it has produced a special, limited edition of the RC F coupe, the RC F 10th Anniversary. Fittingly, this exclusive newcomer arrives at the same time as the RC F GT3 race car is achieving victories in international competition around the world, including victories in the Blancpain GT series in Europe and IMSA sportscar racing in the USA. The RC F 10th Anniversary is an exclusive version of the performance coupe and a worthy addition to a stable of driver-focused, F-designated cars that have included the IS F, the LFA supercar and the GS F saloon. The car’s powerful lines and sculpted surfaces have been given extra impact with a new matt paint finish in Mercury Grey, featured on a Lexus for the first time. The matt theme is also picked up in exterior elements such as the door handles, mirror housings, side skirts and shark fin antenna. This strikes a strong contrast with the highly polished black finish of the 19-inch multi-spoke forged alloy wheels. The Brembo braking system’s large callipers are visible through the wheel spokes, painted blue and bearing the evocative F logo. The same blue shade is used to edge the discreet F badging on the car’s front wings. The interior displays an even bolder application of the colour, with an exclusive Blue Carbon theme. The highly supportive front sports seats are finished in vivid blue semi-aniline leather with white accents and the F symbol embossed in the integrated head restraints. They also incorporate heating and ventilation functions. The same blue leather can be found on the gear shift knob, the steering wheel and the instrument panel hood, and the seatbelts are coloured to match. The steering wheel has a white band to mark the centre line and has an integrated heater. The detailing extends to the surrounds for the window controls on the door armrests having a striking carbon weave finish in blue, black and silver. The rear seats are wrapped in black leather and a black headlining, embossed with the F symbol, adds to the focused, sporting ambience. Each model is fitted with a discreet metal plaque recording the car’s Special Edition status, affixed to the driver’s door arm rest. Other features include the RC F Carbon Pack, equipping the car with a carbon fibre bonnet, roof and active rear spoiler, together with a Torque Vectoring Differential for superior handling through corners, Adaptive Variable Suspension and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management with Sport and Expert modes. The safety provisions are equally impressive, including Lexus Safety System +, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Blind Spot Monitor. The coupe is fitted with the highest-specification audio and multimedia package, with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson Surround System and Lexus Premium Navigation with a 10.3-inch display and Remote Touch touchpad control. The RC F is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 457bhp and maximum torque of 520Nm, coupled to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. Acceleration from rest to 62mph can be achieved in 4.5 seconds; top speed – electronically limited – is 168mph. The new Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary is on sale from 1 July (in the UK), price £69,995 GBP on the road. Lexus F – the first 10 years The exclusive F designation was first introduced on the IS F in 2008. The F reputation was further enhanced with the limited edition LFA supercar, of which just 500 were manufactured between 2010 and 2012. The F designation was subsequently applied to the performance-focused RC F coupe and GS F saloon, both models reflecting the technological skills gained during the development and production of the LFA – particularly the manufacturing know-how for carbon fibre reinforced plastic parts – as well as the car’s design philosophy for realising exhilarating and stimulating driving performance. By using the letter F to signify its most potent models, Lexus pays tribute to the Fuji Speedway and the Higashi Fuji Technical Centre at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan, which have been the cradle of the cars’ development. Lexus original intentions for the F line were to produce cars with muscular, athletic designs and authentic sports performance, and that are fun and rewarding to drive. At the same time, they would maintain the established Lexus values of sophisticated technologies, advanced safety, cutting-edge engineering and unmatched refinement and efficiency. The essential quality of the cars is expressed by the Lexus F-model engineer, who said: “There’s a perception that many performance cars are hard to drive. In fact, they’re easy in the right hands, because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers. It’s the same with the F cars which I have built to be enjoyed by all enthusiasts, no matter what their level of expertise. Electronics can be modified instantly on board to provide levels of performance and protection appropriate to each driver’s abilities. But even in their basic settings, they are a blast.” Lexus F models are developed with extensive testing on some of the world’s most famous and demanding race tracks, including the Fuji Speedway and the Nürburgring, to achieve the best possible dynamic performance, handling, responsiveness, power and even the quality of the engine note. The result is cars that deliver direct response, communicating a strong feeling of the driver being in control, no matter what the speed, the driving conditions, or the level of ability of the person at the wheel.
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    LEXUS RC F GT3 POWERS TO HISTORIC RACE WIN

    The Lexus RC F GT3 secured a sensational first victory in the Blancpain GT Series at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France on Saturday. Emil Frey Lexus Racing’s Alberto Costa Balboa took the lead just half a lap from the chequered flag in the six-hour Endurance Cup race to claim a memorable result for the team and for Lexus The result sets the seal on a steady transformation of the team’s fortunes in the RC F GT3’s first full season of European GT competition and delivers on the promise the car showed in scoring points and podium results in the previous rounds of the series at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. Lorenz Frey, Team Principal, said: “We still can’t believe it. The last lap was nerve-racking, nobody would have thought that after six hours it would be so close. We have now definitely proven that we have a very strong package and can demonstrate the performance of the Lexus and the expert work of our team.” The race was rare in offering so much close action throughout its 1,000km distance. In a field of 51 starters, just one second covered the qualifying times of the top 24 cars. At the start, Christian Klien in the No14 Lexus moved from fourth on the grid to second by the first corner, while team-mate Stéphane Ortelli in the sister No114 car also put in a strong first stint, racing from eighth to third within just a few laps. At nightfall, both Lexus RC F GT3 looked on course for a podium finish. Norbert Siedler in the No114 had a strong fight with the No7 Bentley, but light contact meant he couldn’t progress beyond fourth before handing over to Ortelli. He too suffered contact with another car, which required an unscheduled pit stop to repair damage to the steering. This effectively ruled the Lexus out of contention, but the team were able to use the remaining hours to test and prepare the car for the highlight of the season, the 24-hours of Spa. Meanwhile, Marco Seefried was running in a good fourth spot in the No14 car when he handed the wheel to Costa Balboa for the last hour of the race. Once the leading No72 Ferrari suffered an engine failure and the second-placed McLaren received a drive-through penalty, the Lexus found itself running in second place. Costa Balboa was just 0.8 seconds behind the leading Bentley with eight minutes to go. On the final lap, he seized the initiative with a great overtaking move through turn 10, securing an incredible first victory for Lexus in the Blancpain GT Series. Emil Frey Racing now leads the Endurance Cup team’s championship standings. The next outing for the team will be a two-race Sprint Cup meeting at Misano, in Italy, from 22 to 24 June.
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    Video: 2018 RC Virtual Tour

    Tour the Lexus RC, an effortless blend of adrenaline-driven performance and luxury design.
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    Video: 2018 RC F Virtual Tour

    Take an in-depth look at the features of the Lexus RC F, a car that marries a progressive, premium aesthetic with LFA DNA.
  5. UK motorists have voted Lexus the nation’s Most Reliable Brand in the Auto Trader Awards 2018 Unlike many other motor industry awards which are determined by editorial judging panels, the Auto Trader New Car Awards are based on the opinions of around 43,000 car drivers who responded to a detailed online survey. The results of the second annual awards were announced at a presentation ceremony in London today. Ivan Aistrop, Auto Trader’s Road Test Editor, said: “It’s no surprise to see Lexus front-and-centre when it comes to reliability because the brand has carved out an enviable reputation in this area over a number of years. This award proves that owners of the car are genuinely seeing the benefits of their car’s mechanical dependability on a day-to-day basis, and more importantly, that they appreciate it. Good work, Lexus.” Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director, congratulated Lexus and all the award-winners “for continuing to push the boundaries of innovation” and for earning a seal of approval from car owners themselves". Ewan Shepherd, Director of Lexus in the UK, said: “Our number one goal is to provide customers with an amazing experience, so this award is greatly appreciated as an independent verdict on the success of our efforts to build cars and provide service that people can rely on, time after time. It is also a great endorsement of our self-charging hybrid technology, which powers around 99% of the cars we sell in the UK. Our customers see it as a reliable, durable and efficient powertrain choice.”