Lexus has announced that the stunning all-new Lexus RC Coupé will make its world debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. The marque has also unveiled that it will arrive in two models – RC 350 with a 3.5-litre V6 engine, and RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-litre petrol electric drivetrain.
The four-seater measures 4,695mm in length (30mm longer than Lexus IS), 1,840mm in width (30mm wider than Lexus IS), 1,395mm in height (35mm lower than Lexus IS) and has a 2,730mm wheelbase (70mm shorter than Lexus IS).
The RC Line has been developed to raise the brand’s profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers while injecting emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability. For the first time, the production model has stayed truthful to the arrestingly goodlooking LF-LC concept.
The Lexus RC is infused with deeply contoured lines and have the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus ‘spindle’ grille.
The triangular headlamps are said to evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC design concept. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity, while the sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.
The RC rolls on deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version.
Inside, the modern interior is shared with the Lexus IS, with high-grade materials and soft to the touch dashboard. A purpose-built, Lexus-first lighting package provides a sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin.
Genuine shimamoku wood highlights – the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus – are used to highlight the surrounding trim.
The RC’s seats also utilise an integrated foaming construction method, much like the moulding of racing seats, to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support.