The Lexus RC F Coupe was officially shown last week and we were very impressed by the cars radical styling and potential to be a real contender in the sports coupe sector that is currently dominated by Germanys BMW M4, Audi A5 and Mercedes E Class. Lexus did not reveal the engines figures but have now done so at this years Detroit Motor Show.
The F performance model, based on the RC coupe, gets its roar from more than 450 horsepower and more than 383 pound-feet of torque all courtesy of an all-new 5.0-liter 32-valve V8 engine that will provide increased maximum power at higher engine rpm than previously possible. This engine is the most powerful V8 engine the Japanese marque has ever constructed. Lexus say that the car should weigh in at under 1,800 kilograms. The RC F will be limited to a top speed of 270 km/h.
The car that the RC F will surely be compared to is the BMW M4. For some comparison, the M4 produces less power, 431 horsepower but is considerably lighter, just 1,500 kilograms. It will be interesting to see which will come out on top on track!
At the front the signature Lexus spindle grille, featuring a subtle F-pattern on the lower half, dominates the front of the RC F from the bottom of the hood to the lower lip. Moving to the rear the RC F features an available
speed-sensitive active rear spoiler that is inspired by the LF-A hypercar.
Inside, the striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior with its superbly crafted cabin. There are a number of unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a central meter which changes according to the four selectable driving modes, again like that of the LF-A.