Lexus RC F Coupe Details:
- Debuts at the North American International Show on January 14th, 2014
- Aggressive exterior design with LF-A like active rear spoiler
- Most powerful V8 performance car developed by Lexus
When you think Lexus you might imagine a quiet, boring sedan, or one that's VIP'd out. Since the introduction of the LF-A in 2010, though, it seems like Lexus has been slowly integrating high performance into other cars in its lineup that, well, the not-as-rich can buy. Take a look at the latest Lexus IS-F specs, for example: 416 horsepower, 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, and an eight-speed transmission. It's clear that Lexus is changing up a few things , the only resemblance with past Lexus models is the hefty price tag.
But Lexus isn't stopping there. The luxury automaker is stepping to a whole new level and introducing a performance coupe to go with its supercar and buff sedan. Enter the Lexus RC F.
Two less doors and twice the roar, this new coupe is based on the all new RC coupe that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last November. Instead of watering it down the concept, Lexus gave it an even more aggressive look. It's hard to notice, but the hood is higher than the Lexus RC to accommodate the larger V8 engine. It hints at the American practice of sticking a huge V8 motor into a small coupe. We're guessing it's another variant engine from the Lexus IS-F CSS-R race car that competed in Pikes Peak and Thunder Hill.
The front of the RC F integrates the signature Lexus spindle grille and a faint F-pattern. You'll find ducts and fins beneath the front bumper and fenders for stabilizing aerodynamics. Taking design cues from the celebrated LF-A, the RC F will be sporting a speed-sensitive active rear spoiler. When drivers hit approximately 50mph, the spoiler deploys from the deck, and retracts when the car is going less than 25mph. Three variations of 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheels will be available. Two of those are machine polished designs the other is hand polished by craftsmen.
Even though Lexus is bringing more performance elements into its cars, it didn't shy away on comfort. The interior was designed to complement the aggressive exterior with meters, steering wheels, ornamentation and pedals. The dashboard will have a central meter which changes according to the four selectable drive modes. Additionally Lexus is introducing its newest elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with paddle gear shifters. Lexus added an embossed F on the headrests of the all new high back seats. L-shaped rubber slits are fitted onto the brake and accelerator pedals for improved foot grip.
The exciting new Lexus RC-F is scheduled to debut at the 2014 North American Motor Show during the Lexus press conference. No need to worry if you aren't going -- you can simply head to www.lexus-int.com/ for the live-stream.