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Lexus RC F Sport coupe – new pictures

Lexus RC F Sport front three quarter
Lexus RC F Sport front three quarter right
Lexus RC F Sport profile
Lexus RC F Sport rear three quarter left
Lexus RC F Sport rear
Lexus RC F Sport rear right
Lexus RC F Sport rear lights
Lexus RC F Sport front lights
Lexus RC F Sport grille
Lexus RC F Sport alloy wheel
Lexus RC F Sport interior
Lexus RC F Sport console
Lexus RC F Sport stitching
Lexus RC F Sport front three quarters static
Lexus RC F Sport front
Lexus RC F Sport top

The Lexus RC Coupe will make its European debut at the 2014 Geneva motor show next week – but why wait until then to see it? You’re looking at our all-new images of the car.

Lexus has confirmed a 2015 launch for the RC Coupe, which will be available with a 2.5-litre version of Lexus’ full hybrid drive system, named RC 300h. The car in the images above an example of how the model will look in F Sport specification.

First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, the RC is a stand-alone model, rather than a two-door derivative of another Lexus model. Based on the GS platform, it differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS model lines.

As we revealed earlier this month, the RC F Sport will go on display alongside the RC F and RC F GT3 on the Lexus stand at the Geneva motor show.

The new RC model range features the latest Lexus advanced technology developments, including a new, touch-operated Remote Touch Interface (RTI), and an upgraded Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) safety system.

The RC 300h F Sport, shown for the first time at Geneva, will feature aggressive exterior and interior design features, and enhanced driving dynamics, distinguishing it from other trim levels in the range.

The F Sport’s dynamic upgrades take the form of tuned front and rear suspension systems and the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with the Sport S+ driving mode.

Exterior design

Lexus designers have endowed the RC with deeply contoured lines and crafted the widest and lowest-set interpretation yet of the Lexus spindle grille. In terms of size, it occupies a unique position in the Lexus range, measuring 30mm wider, 35mm lower and 70mm shorter in the wheelbase than the IS saloon, giving it a classic coupe stance.

Triangular headlamps capture the sporty characteristics of the earlier LF-LC concept, along with the novel three-lamp LED configuration that was part of the show car’s design. Both front and rear lighting units use the Lexus L design motif.

The RC can be specified with two alloy wheel designs: a deeply sculpted, 10-spoke 19-inch wheel and a muscular, five-spoke 18-inch version. Both are precision-machined and finished with elegant black and platinum caps. RC F Sport benefits from a unique 19″ alloy wheel design which features an outer machine-finished 10-spoke layer offset over an inner 10-spoke layer finished in a dark metallic paint.

The RC measures 4,695mm long, 1,840mm wide and 1,395mm high, with a 2,730mm wheelbase.

The design features a compact cabin contrasted by aggressively flared wings and body contours etched with deeply sweeping lines.

The RC will be available in a choice of 7 exterior colours, including a new Red which features an innovative painting process. The multi-layered process includes a silver base coat which gives the paint brighter highlights and darker shading for a deeper, richer finish. Three additional colours – White Nova, Orange and Blue – are exclusive to the F Sport range. 

Interior Design

The four-seat interior of the RC is strongly influenced by Lexus’s sports concepts, reflected in the extensive use of contrasting colours, materials and lighting. The purpose-designed lighting package gives a sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards rather than down to envelop the cabin.

The high-contrast interior colours emphasise the elegant lines around the interior, together with shimamoku highlights – a genuine wood finish created using an intense layering technique refined by Lexus.

The driver’s cockpit follows the established Lexus design principle of an upper display zone and lower operation zone. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and seven-inch navigation screen; lower down the layered centre console integrates the Remote Touch Interface controller.

The seats are made using an integrated foaming construction, similar to the moulding technique used for racing seats, to provide excellent comfort and support.

F Sport models are distinguished by a driver’s meter with a moving centre ring, similar to those in the IS 300h F Sport and LFA. The F Sport steering wheel and shift knob are both finished in perforated leather. The cabin is finished with wedge metal ornamentation using thinly machined metal sections with a precision, 3D surface treatment.

The interior may be finished in a total of five high-brightness and high-contrast colour schemes, including a newly developed Clove, which accentuates the sporting elegance of the cabin, and a dark rose finish, unique to F Sport.

Driving Dynamics

The RC’s strong and purpose-built chassis represents the latest stage in Lexus’ mission to deliver a world-class driving experience, building on the advances made with both the latest GS and IS models.

Extra-thick underbody rocker panels greatly increase the car’s rigidity and enhance its driving performance. Lexus has also used new manufacturing techniques it pioneered in the LS and IS models, including the use of innovative body adhesives, to strengthen the chassis.

Aerodynamic aids, especially those featured on the RC’s underbody also contribute to the handling package. The suspension design features front double wishbones and a multilink system at the rear.

An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is available with F Sport trim. The system allows the driver to fine tune ride characteristics with a choice of two damper settings; Normal, for everyday driving comfort, and Sport, for improved body control and precise responses to steering input while cornering. In response to driving operation, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions, AVS automatically adjusts the performance of the suspension and shock absorbers at all four wheels to further reduce vehicle roll through corners.

Powertrain

The RC 300h combines a 2.5 litre, dual-injection 4-cylinder petrol engine generating 176 bhp/131 kW at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 221 Nm between 4,200 and 4,800rpm with a 141bhp/105kW electric motor, delivering maximum system power of 217 bhp/162kW.

The hybrid system’s electronic continuously variable transmission features a six step, sequential shiftmatic manual override gear change. This configuration delivers all the driving engagement expected of a sporting coupe, combined with excellent fuel economy that is associated with Lexus Hybrid Drive.

Advanced Technologies

A new, touch-sensitive Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) multi-function control device offers the driver simple, fast and intuitive multimedia system operation. Simply moving a finger over the panel’s surface moves the cursor, and pressing down on it enters the selection.

An upgraded Lexus Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) system detects vehicles that are approaching the rear of the car at a higher speed and from a greater distance. When the BSM system detects other vehicles travelling behind the RC, an indicator light in the corresponding door mirror alerts the driver to the presence of such a vehicle.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine type

2AR-FSE

Cylinders

4 in line

Max. power (bhp/kW)

176/131 @ 6000rpm

Max. torque (Nm)

221 @ 4200-4800rpm

Total system output (bhp/kW)

217/162 @ 6,000rpm

Transmission

E-CVT

Driven wheels

Rear-wheel drive

Seating capacity

4

Overall length (mm)

4,695

Overall width (mm)

1,840

Overall height (mm)

1,395

Wheelbase (mm)

2,730

Suspension

Front : Double Wishbone

Rear : Multilink

 

Read our other posts on the Lexus RC coupe here.

Comments (3)

  1. Dear Lexus,

    The RC Coupe looks great, but will there be a (hard-top) cabriolet version?

    If not, when will you next make a hybrid (hard-top) cabriolet?

    Hopefully,
    Derek

    1. Hi Derek,
      Thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately there are no plans to build a hardtop cabriolet version of the RC-F or the RC (hybrid) for the moment.
      Do keep an eye out on the blog for any product updates.
      Many thanks.

  2. Couple of questions: (a) will the UK just get the RC300h or will the 350 be offered here too and (b) when can we expect UK prices and specs? I need to know if I can afford it or settle on getting a used GS F Sport.

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