Lexus reveals the V8-powered RC ‘F’

Production Cars 9 Jan 2014
Lexus reveals the V8-powered RC ‘F’

At the 2014 Detroit Motor Show Lexus will unveil the RC F, a high performance version of the RC Coupé, powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine and and an exterior optimized for aerodynamic performance.


The new, high performance RC F joins the recently unveiled RC Coupé line-up. The main feature is the 5.0-litre V8 engine – the most powerful unit in the company’s history – expected to deliver well in excess of 450bhp.

Lexus RC F Coupe

The exterior styling is optimized for stability at high speeds: highlights include wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and carbon fibre components.

Lexus RC F Coupe

Design

The signature Lexus spindle grille dominates the front of the RC F, with a single F mesh section that extends all the way from the bonnet line to the lower lip.

Lexus RC Coupe and RC F Coupe

Above: the RC Coupé (left) and the new RC F

The hood is set higher than on the RC, helping create a powerful, flared profile true to the ethos of Lexus’s F models. Ducts beneath the front bumper and wings, and strategically placed aerodynamic stabilizing fins create a stance that further broadcasts the model’s Lexus F pedigree.

Lexus RC F Coupe

Outlets to the rear of the front wings form an L shape where they merge with the side sill extensions. The car’s powerful character is also expressed in stacked, trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes.

The active rear wing automatically deploys at 80km/h (50mph) and retracts when speed falls below 40km/h (25mph), preserving the coupe’s svelte lines at standstill.

Lexus RC Coupe

Above: the RC Coupé – below: the new RC F

Lexus RC F Coupe

Three variations of a 10-spoke, 19-inch forged aluminium wheel design will be available, according to grade, including a set hand-polished by craftsmen.

Interior design

Lexus RC F Coupe Interior

Inside the cabin, features unique to the model include the meters, steering wheel, seats, trim detailing and pedals.

The instrument panel is dominated by a central dial, which automatically adapts in line with the coupe’s four different driving modes. In each case different information colour and text size are displayed.

Lexus RC F Coupe Interior

The new steering wheel design, has an elliptical cross-section, a thick grip and optimum location of shift paddles.

The high-back seats are also new: finished with an embossed F on the headrests, their styling is inspired in part by modern high-tech athletic sportswear. Five leather trims will be available, all with contrast stitching.

The design of L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals provide an improved look as well as a better foot grip.

(Source: Lexus)

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