Click here to see AutoGuide's complete set of exclusive Lexus RC F photosLong a purveyor of dependable but somewhat dreary luxury cars Lexus continues to reinvent itself. Products like the limited-production (and totally awesome) LFA supercar as well as enthusiast-focused F Sport models demonstrate the brand’s newfound passion. And this blue beauty is writing the next chapter in Lexus’ journey.
This is the RC F, a high-performance two-door car and arguably a product the company has needed for years. We think it’s got both the style and hardware to attract a lot of attention. Look at it; this thing is STUNNING!
It’s based on the RC Coupe that was revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show back in November, though this car features a number of important changes.
Up front the first thing you’ll notice is the brand’s signature spindle grille and here it’s filled in with a black mesh texture. The car’s also got separate lights under the main headlamp assemblies, a flourish we saw, of course, on the 2014 IS sport sedan.
It’s hard to tell, but the RC F actually has a taller hood than the RC Coupe, and for good reason. This thing is motivated by an eight-cylinder engine, though we don’t have any specifics about it at this time. What we can share is this: Lexus claims it’s the most powerful V8 performance car they’ve ever developed. That means it’s got to be more muscular than the 416 ponies found in today’s IS F. But will that be enough to keep up with cars like the new BMW M4? At this point we just don’t know…
The RC F’s flanks highlight some unique sculptural elements, complete with a fender vent. Additionally, three wheel designs are available. They all have 10 spokes and span 19 inches.
Out back is a speed-sensitive spoiler. It’s designed to stabilize the car at higher velocities. It deploys at 50 miles an hour and tucks away at speeds less than 25. Stacked quad tailpipes provide an exit for spent combustion gasses and look really cool!
The RC F’s interior is a lot like the cockpit of an IS, though it does have some unique flourishes. The gauges are different, as are the seats, pedals and steering wheel.
Additional details about this exciting new high-performance Lexus two-door will be released in just a few short days, so make sure you come back to AutoGuide.com for the full story. And don’t miss our COMPLETE coverage of the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Press days start on Monday, January 13.