05/23/2014—A few weeks ago, in between the first Lexus-sponsored bicycling events of 2014—Napa’s Bottega Gran Fondo and the Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York—we spent some time exploring why Lexus and bicycling go together.
We of course listed the shared characteristics of efficiency, design elegance, and performance-minded materials, and we reminded fans that Lexus engineers have poured their advanced performance notions into some amazing cycling technologies, not the least of which is the limited edition F SPORT Road Bike, which Lexus released for sale in Japan last year.
As you may recall, the frame uses the same carbon fiber material Lexus developed for the LFA supercar. The bike also aims for seamless power transmission—the 22-speed shifting mechanism employs an advanced electrical control system, which yields swift, precise gear changes in virtually any conditions.
Not only that, the paintwork is polished to LFA standards, and each bike received a level of quality inspections akin to the super-fastidious LFA-inspection process.
And as you can see in the video above, former pro rider and bike personality Bob Roll, who serves as a Tour de France commentator most summers, had nothing but good things to say about his recent opportunity to wing the F SPORT bike around Napa’s back roads.
It’s an amazing bicycle, so his positive evaluations were no surprise, but it was Roll’s declaration that the F SPORT bike “rocket-ships” out from underneath you that got us thinking about the nature of Lexus F performance in general.
With the Lexus RC F and RC F SPORT arriving in dealerships later this year, there’s much to remind Lexus fans that F performance is a fully tangible thing—something that can be seen and touched and admired when it’s infused into models wearing the Lexus F badging.
But as the F SPORT Road Bike reminds us, Lexus F performance represents much more than what can been seen and touched. F performance is bigger than any one vehicle, and it’s bigger than any inherent materials or advanced handling technologies.
F performance is something you feel—a sensory connection to the road.
Here’s another observation: Lexus engineers seem to be capable of injecting this sensory experience into anything they want—a supercar like the LFA, a bicycle like the F SPORT Road Bike, new production models like the RC F, and, of course, future performance-minded vehicles we don’t even know about yet.
And that’s an exciting thing.
—VIDEO BY JAMES GILMER/TEXT BY BRIAN GILL