Wednesday, 8 January 2014

2015 Lexus RC F Coupe Officially Unveiled, Eyes BMW's New M4 [w/Video]

After catering to the needs of supercar buyers for a couple of years with the V10-powered LFA, Lexus has moved down a few steps on the ladder with a new sports coupe based on the soon-to-be released RC, which itself is built around the latest IS sedan.

Its name is the RC F and it will go head to head with the likes of the BMW M4, Audi RS5 and the future Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe and Cadillac ATS V Coupe.

While Lexus did provide official photos and a video of the 2014 Detroit motor show-bound 2015MY RC F, we don't get a lot of things in the way of information, and in particular, about the powertrain, though, as noted in our previous post, a leaked invitation from the company mentioned a new V8 with 460 horsepower, up from the outgoing IS F four-door sedan's 416hp V8.

The Japanese luxury carmaker said that the RC F coupe is "styled to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus". From what we understand, the RC F will be offered exclusively with an automatic transmission with paddle gear shifters.

Besides the uprated mechanical and handling-related software components, compared to the regular RC, the F model comes with wider wheels and tires housed under swollen fenders, an active rear wing that deploys at approximately 50mph (80km/h) and retracts when the speed is less than 25mph (40km/h), additional air scoops and cooling ducts, plus available carbon fiber parts.

Lexus has applied some subtle changes to the interior, with unique components including the instrument panel with a single central meter and customizable display, steering wheel, body hugging seats, trim ornamentation and pedals.




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