Lexus RC F and RC 350 F Sport make European debuts at Geneva Show

4 Mar, 2014 10:10am Tom Phillips

Japanese manufacturer shows off range-topping versions of new coupe

The Lexus RC 350 F Sport was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, while the Lexus RC F made its European debut. 

The RC 350 gets the 3.5-litre V6 engine already used across other models in the range producing 314bhp. This is paired with an eight speed automatic gearbox with manual paddles as standard. And while we saw the standard car at the Japan Motor Show last year, this is the first time we’ve seen the F Sport variant.

The F Sport car gets Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) as standard. The system gives the driver two damper settings – Normal and Sport – and automatically adjusts the dampers for more comfort in the former mode, and for greater body control when cornering at speed in Sport.

Exterior styling has also been ramped up a notch, with the upgrades inspired by the more extreme RC F model.

The F Sport model gets F-specific mesh on the grille, more aggressive front and rear bumpers, and 19-inch wheels with contrasting silver and black spokes are standard. Inside the car, the new model boasts an F-Sport steering wheel, metallic pedals and a premium gearshift lever.

The RC F gets a new 5.0-litre V8 with 450bhp and more than 520Nm of torque. And while we saw the car first at the Detroit show earlier this year, it’s the first time we’ve seen the car in Europe.

There was also space on the brand’s show stand for the RC F GT3, which will make its racing debut in 2015 in the 24 hour Nurburgring endurance race as well as the Super GT series in Japan.

The car features a modified version of the new V8 engine used in the RC F, but adds a further 90bhp to push the total power up to 540bhp.

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Power error 176+141 = 317hp

Stunning! I want!!

I like the Lexus RC 300h F Sport set for Geneva Show

Hybrid doesn't work like that, you don't just add the petrol output and electric motor output to get the total. Combined output is as the article says around 220HP. But the 141HP motor is torquey and instant.

Actually, it does – both are power terms expressed as BHP.
Given the maths above, does add up to x17, it's pretty obvious someone forgot to carry the 1 to make it the 317 it should've been.
Proof that nobody proof-reads any more these days!

The question is would we get the RC350 ? or do we in UK miss out as usual ? Surely there be a RC200t since the IS250 engine is being replaced by a 2.0 IL4 turbo in not too distant future