The "RC F" nameplate started as simply a patent that popped up in Australia and has exploded into Rumorville with all sorts of possibilities. The most common rumor is that the IS F Coupe — possibly the IS F Sedan too — will actually carry the RC F nameplate. From the spy shots we have seen, this very well could be a possibility.
Autocar recently had the opportunity to chat with a lead engineer from Lexus and according to the ex-development lead of the Lexus LF-A project, there are a few new high-performance models lined up for the future. The interaction with Haruhiko Tanahashi also raised rumors about a V-8 powered RC F coupe that could be headed for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .
So, although an LF-A replacement won’t happen in the near future, a couple of F models may provide some excitement. That is until a more reasonably priced LF-A enters the fray.
The new ’F products’ would form the Japanese car maker’s premium high-performance range, starting with the RC F, GS-F and IS F . Lexus is gearing-up to introduce the second-generation IS F sedan for a later date, while the RC Coupe could get a V-8 engine transplant soon.
On top of all of these in-the-works goodies, Lexus officials also hint of performance hybrids being a part of the F-product lineup. That is sure to get anybody amped up — gratuitous electricity pun very much intended.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus’ F lineup
Lexus just dropped the first teaser image on a new F model that will be unveiled next month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . All the image shows in the front wheel, fender and part of the headlight, but most the model in question is likely the F variant of the recently launched 2015 Lexus RC .
While no concrete details were offered, Lexus did describe the new model as "engineered from scratch, one performance layer at a time, the newest F model promises a bold, gritty, experience synonymous with the famed Lexus F heritage."
The RC F was caught testing plenty of times, and it will be offered as a cheaper alternative to the likes of the BMW M4 Coupe and Audi RS5 .
If the model shown here is indeed the RC F, then you should expect it to simply look like an RC updated with the usual F model elements, like the more aggressive body kit, the larger wheels, sports suspension, high-performance brakes and the obligatory more potent engine.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.
With the secondary shows out of the way, we are all set to start looking ahead to the main stretch of auto shows that kick off next month in Frankfurt. It looks as if Lexus is all set too, as it is in full tease mode on its media site and on Facebook. Today, it teased a rather sexy-looking headlight that is underscored by a lighted check.
All that Lexus had to say about the concept it that it will "stage the world premiere of a new concept vehicle at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)." This leads us to wonder is maybe — just maybe — this could be the RC F Coupe (AKA IS F Coupe ) that we have seen testing in the last few months.
The chances of this being the RC Coupe or RC F are slim, considering just how futuristic looking that headlight is. With all of the times that we have seen the RC F (IS F Coupe) out testing, we assume the design process is well beyond this too-advanced-for-production styling. But it could be a wildly designed concept to throw us off the scent a little.
We’ll just take a wait-and-see approach instead of wildly speculating, but we will admit that this image is rather intriguing.
When Lexus lifted the veiled from the 2014 IS , we had a feeling that a coupe variant was on the way. Though the coupe was a no-brainer, the F variant was a little more uncertain.
Well, we received some confirmation on both models today, as our spy shooters caught an IS F Coupe out and about testing, . From the looks of things, Lexus is planning to really ramp up its competition with BMW and its upcoming M4 .
So, how exactly do know that this is no ordinary IS Coupe? We can answer that query quite simply: despite the heavy camouflage, we can still see the aggressive front end with big air intakes on the corners, a hood scoop and a four-end-pipe exhaust system.
For now, we really don’t know Lexus’ plans with the IS F Coupe, but rumors suggested that the it could drop the 5.0-liter V-8 engine in favor of a totally new, naturally aspirated or turbocharged engine. No matter the engine, you can rest assured that it will have to deliver at least 450 horsepower in order to make it the IS F competitive against the Bimmer M4.
We anticipate seeing the new Lexus IS F Coupe sometime in 2014.
Updated 07/30/2013: Today we have created a very cool rendering for the upcoming IS F Coupe — AKA RC F. Click past the jump to learn more about it.