Putting an end to all the rumors and speculations, Lexus confirmed the debut of the production of the RC at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The car will come in RC250, RC350, and RC300h, hybrid guises, and it will be based in the IS/GS platform.
So you can think of the Lexus RC as a coupe version of the IS. It certainly shares lots of styling cues with the sedan car. At the front you get the same sort of weird headlights and the same ginormous front grille. But, mercifully, the grille is not as wild and ungainly on this as it is on the IS. The profile and rear-end design of the Lexus RC Coupe are new and refreshingly different, while the interior is way too similar to that of the IS.
Lexus RC will launch in America with a 3.5 liter V6 engine in the RC350 model, producing 306 horsepower and 378 Nm of torque. Later on there will be a hybrid RC300h version available, featuring a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine mated to an electric motor. An entry-level RC250 with a four-cylinder engine is also planned, but the powerful V8-powered RC-F is yet to be confirmed.
Lexus will also bring an updated version of Frankfurt concept LF-NX to Tokyo with a 2.0 liter turbo engine.