At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week, Lexus will present the public with a high-performance version of their recently revealed RC Coupe. Called the Lexus RC F, the new car will be powered by a 5.0 litre V8 which pushes out 460 horsepower, and sends it to the rear wheels through an 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission.
Stylewise, the Lexus RC F is basically a beefed-up RC Coupe. It has wider wheels and tires, flared wheel arches front and back, larger air intakes below the headlights, an active rear wing and available carbon fiber components. The hood is also higher than that of the standard RC in order to accommodate the larger V8 engine. Three variations of 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheels are available, including two machine polished designs and one design hand polished by a craftsmen.
“The form of each component is carefully designed to contribute to performance,” said Yukihiko Yaguchi, RC F Chief Engineer. “Unique air outlets in the bonnet and rear section of the front wings contribute to optimum engine cooling and handling stability. They create a powerful look that immediately conveys the expectation of a dynamic driving experience.”
Inside the Lexus RC F there are unique elements created solely for the F model. The RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with newly positioned paddle shifters. It also features all-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests and performance aluminium pedals. Five leather trim colors will be available, all with contrast stitching.
The Lexus RC F is priced from $62,400 in the U.S. (£59,950 in the U.K.).
Highlights of the RC F include:
- Standard performance and handling features include Brembo brakes, Sachs monotube shocks, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, Lexus Drive Mode Select, active rear spoiler and 19-inch forged alloys
- RC F Carbon model further benefits from a torque-vectoring differential – a world first for a front engine/rear-wheel drive car – and, using composite technology pioneered in the Lexus LFA, a lightweight carbon roof, bonnet and rear spoiler
- Standard equipment features on RC F include LED headlights with automatic high beam; 10-speaker audio system with DAB radio and Lexus Premium navigation; dual-zone climate control; electrically adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats; high-grade leather upholstery
- RCF Carbon adds Alcantara heated seats and a Mark Levinson audio system