About a week ago, Lexus gave me the keys to perhaps the rarest press vehicle I have yet to test – the 2022 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition. After driving it around, I didn’t want to give it back, but since I did I wanted to give you the details on just what made me want to hold onto the keys and maybe a few things I would change. Here are the PROS and Cons of the 2022 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition.
PRO: V8 Powered
In a world where its competitors have opted for a lower cylinder count and turbochargers, the 2022 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition, much like the “standard” RC F, is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine. That V8 puts out more than street necessary, but very welcome 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque.
PRO: Very Exclusive
Having a 2022 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition will make you the talk of your local Cars & Coffee as there are only 50 made. The particular model I tested was number 49/50. Each Fuji Speedway Edition features a little plaque on the driver’s door.
PRO: Carbon Ceramic Brakes
A lot of the performance where your wallet comes in the form of the fantastic brake package. The RC F Fuji Speedway Edition features Brembo Carbon Ceramic brakes at all four corners. The front gets 14.9-inch rotors with 6-piston calipers, while the rear gets 14.9-inch rotors with 4-piston calipers.
PRO: Carbon Fiber Everywhere
Carbon is the name with the Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition. On the exterior, it features a carbon fiber hood, roof, front spoiler, lower rocker panel, rear diffuser, and most noticeably a rear wing. The interior gets its share of carbon fiber pieces in the shape of color-matched blue carbon weave trim pieces.
PRO: Alcantara Bits in the Interior
A lot of folks hate Alcantara due to the upkeep needed to keep it clean, but to me, it just screams race car and in production cars, it screams top trim/track trim car.
CON: Suspension a Bit Bouncy in Sport Modes
I found the Sport S and Sport S+ modes to get me where I wanted the feel of the engine and steering to be, but I found that even on the smoothest of roads it provided quite a bouncy ride.
CON: All the Lexus Refinement Holds It Back From Being More Pissed Off
Don’t get me wrong, the Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway is one angry Lexus, but I do feel like all of that Lexus, distinguished refinement held it back from being even more pissed off.
Maybe some more gargles and pops from the exhaust, ditch the rear seats, add a roll bar, and get rid of all the sound denting.