Lexus Will Debut All-New “RC Coupe” in November

by Chris Crowley on July 23, 2013

Lexus RC FGreat news for those who like their vehicles sporty … An all-new Lexus coupe is on the road to production, likely for the 2015 model year.

According to Automotive News, the new coupe will be called the RC 350, and it will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 2013. A more powerful RC F version is also in development to bolster the company’s performance division, which could use a shot in the arm after the LFA supercar ended its production run in December.

Automotive News shared the following details on the RC coupe:

“The RC 350 will arrive in U.S. dealerships in late 2014, said a company source speaking on condition of anonymity.

“It will be based on the LF-CC concept from the 2012 Paris auto show and will use Lexus’ IS/GS platform. Prototypes of the new coupe were spotted recently during track testing in Germany.

“The RC 350 will be powered by a 3.5-liter, 306-hp V-6 engine, the same as the IS and GS sedans. A hybrid version will be offered in Japan and Europe, but not in the United States.

“An RC F performance version will be unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show. A Lexus source says the RC F will be powered by a 460-hp V-8 engine, up from 416 hp on the current IS F sedan.”

Carscoop recently posted a video of a prototype of the RC F turning some vigorous test laps on the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. The vehicle’s camouflage wrap makes it difficult to discern many visual details from the video. However, what will excite Lexus fans most about the video is the throaty growl of the RC’s engine and what appeared to be some pretty nimble handling on the track’s famous twists and turns.

The RC will be just the second coupe in the current, sedan-heavy Lexus lineup, joining the IS C convertible. According to the Automotive News, the IS C will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future. This means it will be one of just three Lexus models that hasn’t been updated to the brand’s “spindle grille” and design approach. Perhaps Lexus is already planning to replace the IS C with an RC convertible?

With a new small crossover SUV already slated for introduction next year, things are certainly getting interesting on the new Lexus front. We’ll keep an eye on further developments with these intriguing new models in the coming months.


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