Finally after a couple of leaks and rather accurate renderings, we get to see the new Lexus RC F in official material. The RC F is the most exciting production car the Japanese car maker has released since the LFA. It’s a rear-wheel-drive sports luxury coupe based on the IS chassis, boasting a powerful V8 engine.
Now, that last part, the V8 engine, has not yet been officially confirmed. But even Lexus knows that something that looks so sporty and aggressive cannot have anything less. The engine slated for the RC F is reportedly going to have upwards of 420 horsepower.
Design-wise, the Lexus RC F is, to all intents and purposes, a mini LFA. It has the same sort of profile with a low slung front-end that now features the signature spindle grille – a controversial feature, we might add, along with the weird LED headlights borrowed from the IS – a low roof, flared wheel arches designed to accommodate large wheels and wide tires. It even has a speed-sensitive active rear spoiler (optional) like the one on the LFA that comes up automatically at 50 mph and goes back down when you drop below 25.
The production car will be available with three 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheel option, and clear carbon components reinforcing its sporting credentials.
Inside, the Lexus RC F is pretty much an IS, but comes with a strong sporty flair with exclusive meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The LFA-inspired Instruments can be changed according to the four selectable driving modes, altering the information, color of the display and size of text.
The 2015 Lexus RC F will make its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show (NAIAS) next week. Pricing and launch date are yet to be announced.