I am genuinely happy for Lexus. But that could be a big advantage. They wend their way through golden, rolling hills dotted with splotches of green, and are often lined by hearty trees or craggy rock faces. This particular muffler is also tuned to deliver a linear sound over the entire rev range to take advantage of the unique acoustic characteristics of titanium. Fewer than 100 examples will be available per year.
The engine mounts might be stiffer. A variety of changes were instituted aimed at delivering both a nimbler feel and improved predictability during aggressive driving. Lexus had a group of us up to the Pebble Beach Golf Links to take in some of the 2019 U. Launch Date Though it is not very clear as to when this limited track edition will be launched, there are many who think that it should be in the market during the first quarter of 2020. Other weight saving measures under the hood include the use of a smaller compressor for the air conditioning system and newly designed aluminum spring support brackets that save an additional 700 grams of weight compared to the previous steel part.
That is, if you can swallow the steep asking price. It will be fascinating to see what they can come up with when they really set their minds to it. Both models will be on the Lexus stage at the in Detroit. It's the latest milestone for the F performance brand that will continue to evolve as an important pillar of the overall strategy at Lexus. My steed this time was a new , the ultimate expression of the roughly decade old Lexus F performance sub-brand.
In front, a pared-down intake manifold and a smaller air-conditioning compressor also help save weight. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. The carbon elements on the concept, coupled with a stripped-out interior, brought weight down by as much as 800 pounds, though we don't expect that level of savings on the production model. The eight-cylinder continues to spin the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, but Lexus it tweaked the final drive ratio to make it quicker off the line. All the driver has to do is press and hold the brake pedal, engage the system, floor the accelerator to bring up the engine speed and release the brake. Eventually I run into Pinnacles National Park, which I neglected to see on the map. Small Chassis Changes Yield Significant Results To capitalize on the reduced weight, the engineers also retuned the chassis with very precise changes that work together to give the car a more responsive feel.
Greater control of the rear wheel toe angles is achieved with a new aluminum bracket that takes the place of the previous steel part while shedding 500g of weight. The main objective perhaps has been to ensure that it offers the best of driving pleasure and therefore the fundamentals have been taken care of. A standard titanium muffler and connector pipes is yet another area where the Track Edition sheds weight. In addition to refining the precision of the throttle response, further attention was dedicated to the programming of throttle curve itself which is now more linear than the previous model. With a push of the button on the console, the system automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum acceleration from a stop. Along the side, a new concave design at the end of the rocker panel not only adds a new character line, it helps smooth airflow past the rear tires while extended side splitters are designed to enhance high-speed stability. I have to say it looks sick! Its muffler is constructed of titanium, which not only reduces weight but enhances the exhaust note.
It most probably will have a revised intake box. A standard titanium muffler and connector pipes is yet another area where the Track Edition sheds weight. The standard car is certainly no slouch, with its 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque of grunt resulting in 0-60 mph times well under 5. A milling process is used to create the complex shape of the wheel spokes that helps to reduce the overall weight of each wheel by 1. This time it would get wrung to the tune of more than 400 miles before I finally gave someone else a chance behind the wheel. A variety of changes were instituted aimed at delivering both a nimbler feel and improved predictability during aggressive driving. A Unique Look and Feel In order to give the Track Edition a more exclusive look on the inside, the interior comes standard with Circuit Red leather-trimmed seats with Alcantara ® accents.
This is made possible by a revised intake with a lower rpm trigger point for the secondary intake. The seats also feature Alcantara inserts, while the dashboard and the door panels have red carbon-fiber trim. To boost performance, engineers focused on reducing weight. The fixed wing is not only lighter, it does double duty by simultaneously reducing drag and adding downforce. The extensive use of carbon fiber is another weight saving measure that you can see as well as feel.
Carbon fiber is utilized in the roof and hood, as well as behind the rear seats and bumper reinforcements. However, it is still not clear as to what exactly Lexus has in its mind. The weight reduction comes from a few tweaks, including using more lightweight aluminum suspension components. To accomplish that paradoxical feat, the engineers started by shaping the wing in a way that smooths the airflow over the rear of the car to decrease drag-inducing turbulence. The exhaust tips are made from stainless steel, but are coated in a blue finish for a unique look. Pretty good, just like matches. A similar change was instituted at the rear of the car through the use of stiffer subframe bushings to reduce deflection under high g loads that can alter the camber angle of the rear wheels and produce understeer.
Rounding out the package are Brembo calipers and co2-porcelain ceramic brake rotors, supported by a modified brake pedal percentage believed to enhance each accuracy and really feel. I really dig that updated rear end, but the front will take some getting used to. Furthermore, the coupe will most likely have a leather interior and it will also most probably be accompanied with Alcantara seat accents. It should be able to give reasonably good mileage in highway road conditions. The juice comes from the twin-turbo, 3. They are not only significantly lighter than their steel counterparts, they're also better able to withstand the extreme heat cycling associated with performance driving.