Japan’s Best Car magazine has released an illustration of the highly anticipated Lexus RC F coupe. The rendering is one of many that have surfaced on the internet over the last few months as the RC F inches closer to production.
Due to be unwrapped in 2014, the Lexus RC (stands for Racing Coupe) line up will replenish some sportiness back into the Japanese luxury marque that was left missing when the Lexus LFA went out of production last year. But unlike the $750,000 supercar, a Lexus insider revealed in August that the entry-level RC will start from just $65,000, while the fire-breathing RC F will cost a little north of $150,000.
Aimed squarely at the upcoming BMW M4, the RC F will be powered by an updated 5.0-litre V8 from the outgoing IS F, developing 339 kW at 6,800 rpm and 544 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm. The new V8 will clear strict new Euro-6 emissions regulations with the help of Lexus’ first ever use of cylinder deactivation technology in which four cylinders will shut down during freeway cruising.
The RC F’s V8 will be paired with a new eight-speed automated manual transmission called Sports Direct Shift (S-DS), incorporating paddle shifters and the choice of three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Snow. The RC F will also feature an advanced fuel supply system and race-tuned exhaust system for a sportier note.
All these will be packaged in a wider body shell complete with a speed-sensitive automatic active rear spoiler borrowed from the LFA, a reinforced chassis, lowered sports suspension, Sachs monotube shock absorbers, special control-arm rear suspension, uprated coil springs and stabilisers, and a new Lexus Dynamic Handling System.
Several Lexus RC F prototypes have been spotted undergoing testing at the infamous Nurburgring circuit in Germany over the last few months. We expect to see the first finished RC F concept at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show in January next year.
Source: Best Car