NAIAS 2014 Unveiled: Lexus RC F Coupe

Lexus RC F
In the month of both the North American International Auto Show’s 25th anniversary and Lexus’s own 25th anniversary, Lexus has unveiled its RC F coupe vehicle. This design is based on the RC coupe that Lexus debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in November and looks to take the coupe a step further into luxury.

The RC coupe was shown in two different versions in Tokyo, the RC 300h hybrid, which combines an electric motor with a 2.5-liter engine, and the RC 350, which is fueled by a 3.5-liter V6 engine.

The RC F will only be available in front-engine rear-wheel drive. More powerful than any other Lexus before it, it holds a 5-liter V8 engine with over 450 horsepower. This powerful engine makes it a big competitor with BMW’s latest models. The car has a torque-vectoring differential that proactively manages traction control around turns and corners. The engine also includes a special Atkinson cycle that manages fuel efficiency.

The exterior of the car is curved and modern with a very prominent front spindle grille, a first for Lexus. The hood scoop minimizes aerodynamic lift and the hood itself is slightly higher than the original RC to accommodate the larger V8 engine. The wing around the rear is speed activated at about 50 mph to maintain traction and stability at higher speeds.

The interior of the RC F is very modern, with touch screens and a minimalist design. Here, Lexus debuted its first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts. The seats are high-backed and available in a selection of five leather trims. Most excitingly, the control center is run by a touch-pad interface much like those used on laptops. This touch pad manages systems like climate and navigation on the main display screen.

The RC F, as well as the RC350 revealed earlier, will both be available this coming fall.

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