Lexus' Most Powerful V8 Engine Debuts In The New RC F

Lexus' Most Powerful V8 Engine Debuts In The New RC F

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
01 Dec 2014

Maximum power is up by 12% – 54bhp (40kW) – to 471bhp (351kW) and the rev limit has been increased from 6,800 to 7,300rpm. The influence of the V10 deployed in the LFA is evident in the instantaneous, palpable torque delivery as the driver increases pressure on the throttle pedal. The higher, 12.3:1 compression ratio boosts torque across the entire rev range, with maximum output rising to 530Nm, available from 4,800 to 5,600rpm.

Most of the engine’s components are new, including intake, throttle body, cylinder heard, the D-4S injection system, pistons, connecting rod, crankshaft and VVT-i valve timing. Maximum speed is electronically governed at 168mph; 0 to 62mph can be dispatched in 4.5 seconds; and a 400m sprint from standstill takes 12.5 seconds. The raw performance data tells only part of the story, however. The RC F has been designed to deliver exception driver rewards in terms of grip, handling and involvement.

The exhaust system features large-diameter front pipes, which minimize back pressure and ensure high power output. Making the merged areas of the pipes larger produces a clearer engine sound, while the design of the main silencer keeps noise down at low engine speed, with a dynamic increase at mid-to-high revs.

Creating excitement through sound is one of the cornerstones of Lexus’s F philosophy. To that end, the RC F has an Active Sound Control system which delivers enhanced exhaust, intake and mechanical sounds into the cabin. The designers’ intention was to approach the kind of aural experience delivered by the LFA, which is renowned for its stirring intake and exhaust notes.

The system uses an ECU to monitor engine speed, throttle position and vehicle speed. It calculates the optimum sound for any given set of driving conditions and creates auxiliary sound to match through a speaker located beneath the instrument panel. This speaker is completely independent from the car’s audio system.

The auxiliary sound pitch changes in a linear progression in response to engine speed and the degree of throttle opening. Up to 3,000rpm, it produces a steady, low and deep tone; as revs increase, this transforms into a higher-pitched note that blends with the engine’s mechanical sounds to create a rising sensation that culminates in a free-soaring sound beyond 6,000rpm.

Credits: Oneshift News Team

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