The Lexus RC F Coupe is demonstrated in our exclusive image above, which shows how it could look. A company insider has given Auto Express the lowdown on the new two-door Lexus RC F coupe, spilling details of its V8 engine and carbon fibre body parts.
The Lexus RC F is set to arrive in mid-2014, with an all-new aluminium exterior that borrows lines and surfaces from the LF-CC concept seen at 2012’s Paris Motor Show. This builds on the look of the standard RC – or Racing Coupé – which stands out from the regular IS saloon with its ‘spindle grille’ face and shorter wheelbase.
The flagship uses carbon fibre on the bonnet, roof and bootlid. Yet that bonnet scoop has nothing to do with induction; our insider told us the intake sucks air in and then channels it to the underbody, boosting the Lexus RC F’s downforce.
In addition, the top-spec model has a speed-sensitive automatic rear spoiler as part of a raft of aerodynamic tweaks borrowed from the LFA supercar. Its suspension will also be 15mm lower than on the standard RC – and all this will let it hit 186mph.
The standard Lexus RC will offer a choice of a new 2.0-litre turbo, 2.5-litre hybrid and 3.5-litre V6 engines, but the most exciting news is the RC F’s 5.0-litre V8. It produces 455bhp – up from the IS-F’s 417bhp – and is claimed to incorporate cylinder deactivation technology, a first for Lexus.
Parent company Toyota spent hundreds of millions of dollars establishing a specialised LFA factory in Motomachi, Toyota City and hand-picking 175 engineers and designers to produce the supercar. The same facility and team will produce the Lexus RC F, too.
Expect the flagship to kick off the new RC line-up when it’s unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The Lexus RC F is likely to cost around £65,000, and will be joined by lower-spec versions of the RC at the New York Motor Show in April. The planned release date for the Lexus RC F coupé is September 2014.