All-New Lexus RC F To Make World Debut At The North American International Auto Show


January 9, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 7, 2015
  • World launch of ‘F’ version of striking new Lexus RC coupe
  • Most powerful ever Lexus 5.0-litre V8 engine with power well above 450hp
  • Aggressive design cues built for speed
  • ‘Functional beauty’ describes aerodynamic wings and scoops

Lexus RC F is based on the new RC coupe revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. The aggressive new Lexus RC F coupe is equipped with a new 5.0-litre engine with engine power well above 450hp. The model has been styled for optimum high speed stability necessary to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus. It has wider wheels and tyres, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and carbon fibre components , each delivering what Lexus describes as ‘functional beauty’.

The form of each component is carefully designed to contribute to performance,” Lexus RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi said. “Unique air outlets in the hood and rear section of the front fenders contribute to optimum engine cooling and handling stability. They create an aggressive look that immediately conveys the expectation of a dynamic driving experience.

EXTERIOR DESIGN
The signature Lexus spindle grille dominates the front of the RC F, with a subtle ‘F’ motif embedded in the mesh below the Lexus symbol. As well, the bonnet is higher than that of the RC and it helps create a powerful flared profile suited to an F model. Ducts beneath the front bumper and fenders and strategically placed aerodynamic stabilising fins create a stance which further identifies the F model.

Air outlets at the rear of the front fender form the shape of an L when they merge with side sill extensions, while stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear add further aggression. The RC F has taken design cues from the Lexus supercar LFA. An active rear wing deploys from the RC F’s deck at 80km/h and retracts at less than 40km/h to enhance the coupe’s lines at standstill.

Three variations of 10-spoke 19” forged aluminium wheels are available by grade. Two are machine polished and on the High Plus grade the wheels are hand polished by a craftsmen.

INTERIOR DESIGN
The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a switchable central dial which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, colour of the display and size of text all alter.

Occupant comfort is all important. RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts while all-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests have been styled to resemble tight-fitting athletic sportswear and to offer similar levels of support. The seats are available in a selection of five leather trims, each with contrasting stitching.

Outstanding new L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals combine form and function to provide better foot grip.

The car will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show and a press conference will be held on the Lexus stand at 8:45am EST (14:45pm CET), January 14th 2014.