Spied testing under camouflage on multiple occasions this year, the BMW M4 Coupe rivalling Lexus RC F is shaping up to be the most exciting new car from Lexus since the almighty LFA supercar.
While speaking with Australian publication Drive last month, Lexus IS chief engineer Junichi Furuyama revealed that the Lexus RC F will feature different styling to the regular RC coupe. Additionally, Furuyama revealed that the design of the standard Lexus RC coupe is not entirely production ready and still needs some refining.
“To give the V8, we need some changes, especially in the engine room. For example, IS F has a unique [bonnet line]. The V8 is very big. This cannot accommodate a V8, so we need to change the styling.”
Powering the 2014 Lexus RC F will be a 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 455 hp at 6,800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. To help the Lexus RC F clear Euro-6 emissions regulations, Lexus will employ cylinder deactivation technology where four-cylinders will be shut down during highway driving. Mated to this 455 hp V8 engine will be an eight-speed automated manual transmission featuring paddle shifters and three different driving modes: Normal, Sport and Snow.