Just days out from the Geneva Motor Show 2014 kicking off, Lexus has revealed its latest car to join the RC Coupe line-up. The latest addition is this; the 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport. It joins the RC 350 and range-topping RC F and sits between these two models.
This point is immediately apparent when you look at the Lexus RC 350 F Sport. It is more aggressive than the standard RC 350, but doesn’t feature all the outlandish wings, splitters and bare carbon fiber components like the RC F. As the name suggests, the new F Sport is based on the normal RC 350 which means that like the RC F, it features the same platform as the Lexus GS sedan.
However, don’t let that fool you. Under the hood, it is powered by a V6 engine delivering a total of 306 hp at 6,400 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. For the keen Lexus enthusiasts out there, you’ll notice that that is exactly the same amount of power as the standard RC 350, so what exactly does the RC 350 F Sport add?
Well, the most apparent performance change is the new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system. AVS automatically adjusts the damping performance of all four wheels in response to the conditions and driving inputs. For example, when SPORT+ is enabled, the Adaptive Variable Suspension system improves steering response while helping the RC 350 F Sport to hug corners just that little bit better.
Additionally, the RC 350 F Sport features four-wheel steering courtesy of the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. Combining Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear Ratio Steering, this system adjusts the angles of all four wheels depending on vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs. Additionally, this system works similarly to the one from the latest Porsche 911 GT3 where the front and rear wheels turns in opposite directions at low speed and in the same direction at higher speeds.
The 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport will be officially introduced at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 on March 4th.