• Global launch of all-new ‘F’ version of striking new Lexus RC coupe
• Most powerful Lexus 5.0-litre V8 engine ever, developing well above 330kW
• ‘Functional beauty’ describes aerodynamic wings and scoops
The aggressive new Lexus RC F coupe – equipped with new 5.0-litre engine with power well above 330kW (450hp) – will be launched at the North American International Auto Show on January 14.
The model has been styled for optimum high speed stability to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.
Lexus RC F is based on the spectacular new RC coupe revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in November.
It has wider wheels and tyres, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and carbon fibre components, each delivering what Lexus describes as ‘functional beauty’.
“The form of each component is carefully designed to contribute to performance,” Lexus RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi said.
“Unique air outlets in the hood and rear section of the front fenders contribute to optimum engine cooling and handling stability. They create an aggressive look that immediately conveys the expectation of a dynamic driving experience.”
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.
The bonnet is higher than that of the RC and helps create a powerful flared profile suited to an F model.
Ducts beneath the front bumper and fenders and strategically placed aerodynamic stabilising fins create a stance which further identifies the F model.
Air outlets at the rear of the front fender form the shape of an L when they merge with side sill extensions, while stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear add further aggression.
The RC F has taken design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar. An active rear wing deploys from the RC F’s deck at speeds over 80km/h and retracts at less than 40km/h to enhance the coupe’s lines at standstill.
Three variations of 10-spoke 19″ forged aluminium wheels are available by grade. Two are machine polished and on the High Plus grade the wheels are hand polished by a craftsman.
The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a switchable central dial which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, colour of the display and size of text all alter.
RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts.
All-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests have been styled to resemble tight-fitting athletic sportswear and to offer similar levels of support. The seats are available in a selection of five leather trims, each with contrasting stitching.
Outstanding new L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals combine form and function by providing better foot grip.