Representing a thrilling new frontier for Lexus, the undeniably sexy
concept-to-reality RC coupe was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
on November 20. Due for launch in late 2014 or early 2015, Lexus Australia
has confirmed that the all-new RC will feature two models in its range, the
aggressive RC F coupe with a 5L V8 engine and the RC 350 with a 3.5L V6 engine.
Chief Engineer Junichi Furuyama explains, "Motoring enthusiasts have
always aspired to own coupes for one reason: coupes look cool - sexy even.
We developed the RC to deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than
The RC's strong and purpose-built chassis is the latest evolution of Lexus' objective to achieve a world class driving experience. New manufacturing techniques have strengthened the chassis while aerodynamic aids contribute to the handling package.
The adrenaline-charged RC F features the most powerful ever Lexus 5L V8 engine with power well above 330kW. The model has been styled for optimum high speed stability to support this impressive power.
Power in the RC F is managed by a specifically tuned eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission that improves linear response to accelerator-pedal operation, letting the driver better feel the torque and power as it is applied.
In the RC 350, a dual injection 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine produces a breathtaking maximum power of 234kW, while an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift with paddle shift transmission optimises power delivery and economy.
In creating the RC, Lexus designers have moved in a bold new direction with deeply contoured lines never before seen in the Lexus line-up. The iconic Lexus spindle grille has a more aggressive appearance and is the widest and lowest manifestation of it thus far.
The RC is unique in the Lexus range, being 30mm wider, 35mm lower and 70mm shorter in wheelbase than the IS sedans, providing a road stance that emphasises the attraction of a luxury two-door vehicle.
The arresting lines of the RC are given further visual appeal with aluminium wheels which are available in two combinations - a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 19-inch version, each precision-machined and finished with elegant black and platinum centre caps.
Triangular headlamps with a unique three-lamp LED design enhance the vehicle's sporty characteristics, while at low beam the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern, distinctly marking out the RC as a Lexus. This Lexus identity is further enhanced by the sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps with their symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.
The RC F distinguishes itself with a number of elements best described as 'functional beauty', including wider wheels and tyres, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and carbon fibre components. Each component is carefully designed to contribute to performance.
The signature Lexus spindle grille dominates the front of the RC F and encompasses one single F-pattern in its mesh, from the bonnet line to the lower lip. Taking design cues from Lexus' supercar, the LFA, the RC F also features an active rear wing which deploys at speeds over 80km/h and retracts at less than 40km/h to enhance the coupe's lines at standstill.
The sporting nature of the RC's exterior continues inside this extraordinary vehicle, which features maximum use of contrasting colours, materials and lighting.
The light inside envelops the cabin creating a dramatic effect, thanks to the purpose-built Lexus-first light package with illumination that reflects upwards rather than down.
The elegance of the cabin is brought to life with high contrast trim, including a new tone called Clove, while genuine shimamoku wood highlights - the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus - help showcase the surrounding trim.
The seats in the RC have been designed for optimum comfort and support thanks to an integrated foaming construction method which is similar to the moulding of racing seats.
The RC F's interior, meanwhile, includes design elements which complement its aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals, while the instrument panel is dominated by a switchable central dial which changes according to the four selectable driving modes.
The RC F also debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts, and all-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests which have been styled to resemble tight-fitting athletic sportswear and to offer similar levels of support.
All images shown are overseas pre-production models. Australian model range and specification subject to confirmation.