Lexus debuts performance RC F

Published 14 January 2014

Lexus has debuted a high performance version of its forthcoming RC Coupe. The RC F is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 which will have more than 450PS and 520Nm of torque, although final details haven't been revealed. It will go on sale in early 2015 and is expected to cost around £55,000.

The RC F will be the first F model from Lexus since the IS F which ceased production in 2012. No performance figures have been released but Lexus has confirmed a top speed of 168mph and we can expect a 0-62mph time of around 4.0 seconds, putting it up against the forthcoming BMW M4.

The V8 engine has been developed specifically for the RC F and Lexus says that every aspect has been designed to deliver the highest possible driver engagement. This includes a specially calibrated eight-speed Sports Direct Shift gearbox along with a new system that regulates induction and exhaust sound, creating a deep tone up to 3,000rpm, with a higher-pitched note as revs rise above 6000rpm under acceleration.

Along with a torque vectoring differential, the RC F comes with an active rear wing. This is built into the boot and creates additional downforce at speeds above 50mph. To make the RC F stand out from the standard RC it comes with a higher bonnet with an air vent, ten-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and dual twin exhausts. Carbon fibre is used in the roof, bonnet and rear wing to keep weight down.

Lexus RC F (3)


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