Lexus has officially released more details of the RC 350 F Sport, ahead of its scheduled debut at the Geneva Motor Show this month. Based on the RC 350 revealed in November last year, the F Sport variant will feature exclusive design elements and enhanced driving performance. It will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine developing 233kW @ 6,500rpm and 378Nm @ 4,800rpm.
The F Sport’s dynamic upgrades include Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the available Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. These features are aimed to provide the drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.
Readily identified by a model-specific “F” mesh design, the RC 350 F Sport features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille, the company’s new corporate identity now seen across the Lexus range. Exclusive to the F Sport is a set of 19-inch mesh alloy wheels, machine-finished and draped in dark metallic paint.
The RC 350 F Sport also inherits a descendant of the innovative LFA driver’s meter with a moving center ring, and an F Sport perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob. The interior design is completed by “Silver Performance” trim, an F Sport-exclusive Rioja Red interior and seats with unique contrast stitching.
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is part of the F Sport package. In response to driving operation, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions, AVS automatically and independently adjusts the performance of the damping at all four wheels. When the vehicle’s SPORT+ drive mode is selected, AVS changes to allow the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.
The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F Sport are complimented by the available four-wheel steering benefits of the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. This technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).
Monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs, the system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.
The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees. The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds, and in the same direction at higher speeds.
We expect full details of the RC 350 F Sport from Lexus at the launch in Geneva. Stay tuned.