:burnout:Exciting news today — in a move that suggests a new high-performance coupe is in the works, Lexus has trademarked RC F in the USA & Europe.
The model designation RC was first discovered last November, when Lexus reserved RC 350 with the Australian Patent Office.
At the time, the speculation was that the RC would be a new mid-size coupe partially based on the LF-CC concept, and the filing of this new RC F trademark adds weight to the theory, as it fits the pattern established with current IS & IS F.
It’s still the early days, but the idea of a coupe built with the same performance focus as the current IS F feels like a match made in heaven and a perfect compliment to the Lexus lineup. Looking forward to learning more.
(For completion’s sake, Lexus RC F was filed under United States Patent & Trademark Office #85770072 and European Union #011314226.)
Today we have created a very cool rendering for the upcoming IS F Coupe — AKA RC F.
In developing our rendering for the next IS F Coupe we used design elements seen on the LF-CC Concept and combined them with elements revealed by the spy shots. We have tried to make the sports coupe as sporty as any other Lexus F model you’ve seen in the past.
Despite the heavy camouflage, it’s easy to notice that the IS F Coupe has a more aggressive front end, that boasts larger air intakes on each end of the bumper and a slightly revised grille insert. A small hood scoop is also visible on this test car, making it crystal clear that this is no standard IS F.
The prototype rides on multi-spoke wheels combined with large, slotted brake rotors, big brake calipers.
For the rear, it gets a quad-tip exhaust setup along with a modest, pop-up spoiler on the trunk lid. The rear photos also show us that the fenders on this coupe are much wider than on the regular IS.
For the RC F, 455 HP and 8 Speeds Wrapped in Carbon Fiber
It's the all-new RC, Lexus' challenge to the new BMW 4 Series. We cornered a Lexus insider just after the Nurburgring photos were taken and managed to extract the story. From the RC's three powertrains to the flagship RC F's 455-hp, 5.0-liter V-8; from the RC F's carbon-fiber body parts and LFA-inspired handling to its eight-speed transmission, here's the full story, including an artist's impression of what the raunchy RC F will look like.
Slated for an autumn 2014 introduction, the new RC (stands for Racing Coupe!) and its RC F big brother will be the most exciting model to ever emerge from Lexus's lineup by far. Sure, the V-10-powered,$400,000 Lexus LFA supercar ranked sky-high in the excitement stakes, but you needed your own hedge fund to afford one.
The RC draws the essence from the LFA, mixes it with the best from the IS, and adds an eye-opening engine lineup that will cater to all tastes. The RC lineup will land in Lexus showrooms late next year for around $40,000, while the fire-breathing RC F will be priced a little north of $100,000.
Draped in a newly penned exterior that borrows lines and surfaces from the LF-CC concept that debuted at the 2012 Paris auto show, the RC gets a brand-new body, a revised wheelbase shorter than that of the IS, and a new spindle grille to distinguish it from the IS.
Meanwhile, the flagship RC F employs carbon-fiber parts including the hood, roof, and trunklid. Oh, and that hood scoop has nothing to do with induction. Our insider tells us the intake sucks air in and channels it to the underbody, where it improves the car's downforce. The RC F also gets a speed-sensitive automatic rear spoiler adapted from the LFA, suspension settings 15mm lower than the RC, and other aerodynamic tweaks learned from the LFA that will allow the RC F to clear 186 mph.
The RC F sits on a new chassis with a reinforced subframe and Sachs monotube shock absorbers, special control-arm rear suspension, uprated coil springs and stabilizers, a specially tuned Lexus Dynamic Handling system, and 19-inch BBS wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber. Co-developed by Brembo and Lexus, the brake system will employ six pistons on the front and a four-piston setup on the rear with slotted rotors all-round.
Now comes the tastiest part: the engines. In addition to the V-8 in the flagship RC F, the RC lineup has a new turbocharged 2.0-liter, a 2.5-liter hybrid and a 3.5-liter V-6 with Torsen LSD.
We're going to focus mainly on the RC F, given its implications. Powered by a 5.0-liter V-8, the RC F generates 455-hp at 6800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 5200 rpm. Our insider also reveals that the RC F will clear strict new Euro-6 emissions regulations. To achieve that, the RC F will incorporate Lexus' (and Toyota's) first-ever cylinder deactivation technology in which four cylinders will be shut down during high-speed cruising. The RC F will also incorporate a paddle-shifted, eight-speed, three-mode (Normal, Sport, and Snow) automated manual transmission called Sports Direct Shift borrowed and revised from the IS F. It's also fitted with an advanced fuel supply system and race-tuned exhaust for a beefier note.
Expect to see the RC F flagship unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January, with the three other RCs debuting in April at the New York auto show with a planned on-sale date of September 2014.
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has been talking about a Lexus sports car for the masses for a couple of years now. With the base RC's entry price of around $40,000, you could say it's finally here… almost.
Lexus Racing announced a new race car based on the Lexus “LF-CC” that will compete in the Super GT Series GT500 class starting next season. The vehicle will replace the Lexus SC 430 currently used in Super GT races.
The Lexus LF-CC is a two-door coupe concept that debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. It features a dynamic exterior with an emphasis on aerodynamics and cooling performance.
Vehicle shakedown will begin at the Suzuka Circuit this afternoon.
Our spy shooters caught the 2015 Lexus RC F coupe testing in Death Valley, providing yet more hints about the future Japanese sports car. We now believe that, rather than being badged as an IS coupe, the two-door version of the Lexus IS will be called the RC. It will battle the BMW 4 Series — and the hot Lexus RC F coupe will take on the upcoming BMW M4.