Lexus RC

Lexus RC

The crisp, cold air caught me off guard when I stepped from the hotel into the staging area where Lexus had filed a handful of its newest creations into two lines, prepped for a drive through the lush countryside that envelopes New York’s Hudson Valley. The brisk air might not have been what this Floridian was used to in mid-September, but once behind the wheel of the 2015 Lexus RC F, things became familiar.

Though I’d not sat in Lexus’ two-door, rear-drive sports coupe a day in my life, the interior was an immediately recognizable place, harking back to my time in the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport. The controls fell in the same position, the infotainment screen showed the same Enform system, even the overall design looked like I’d accidentally sat in the wrong Lexus.

And that’s not a bad thing.

While there’s plenty of IS flavor in the new RC, there’s even more that’s unfamiliar. The beautifully stitched sports seats, the reworked gauge cluster, and the center console arrangement are all new, not to mention the 2+2 seating configuration.

Slipping the eight-speed automatic into gear, the faintly audible rumble of the RC F’s 5.0-liter V-8 mumbled at a lower tone. Our entourage of journalists was off to conquer a two-hour drive before arriving at our destination, Monticello Motor Club.

My recent drive around the Monticello Motor Club in the 2015 Lexus RC still has me pondering all the possibilities Lexus could throw at its new two-door coupe. TopSpeed has already reported Lexus’ hints at a four-door version of the car, but then the idea struck about a drop-top version. It makes perfect sense, so just follow along.

See, the RC’s chassis is a mishmash of sorts. It’s front clip, engine cradle, and suspension supports are borrowed from the GS sedan . The rear section is from the new IS sedan. But the middle section is pulled off the aging IS C, Lexus’ 2+2 hardtop convertible. Now with that stiff center section acting as the RC’s foundation, plus the serious bracing Lexus put in the chassis’ middle section, it seems completely possible for the RC to get a convertible version.

The idea becomes even more plausible when considering Lexus could replace the old IS C convertible with the RC Convertible. Development and engineering costs would be minimal as the majority of the work should already be done. Lexus’ customer base then gets a new hardtop convertible that could come available with the F Sport and track-ready F packages. That puts Lexus in line to compete with the BMW M4 Convertible and Audi RS 5 Cabriolet.

The RC Convertible would span all trim and powertrain levels, so expect the base RC 350 to get the topless treatment too — just as our rendering shows. Expect the RC Convertible to debut for the 2016 model year if the project gets the go-ahead.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Lexus RC.

You can go ahead and mark another successful TopSpeed Podcast in the books. Thanks for everyone who hung out with us live. We really appreciate it. If you missed the live show, don’t worry. You can watch or listen to the entire show right here.

We start things off with Mark’s week spent with the Hyundai Sonata Turbo . I take some time to talk about how incredibly well-designed the new 2015.5 Volvo XC60 is, and Mark comes back to talk about the incredible fun that is the Lexus RC and RC F .

When we make it over to the news portion of the show we spend the start of the show discussing the departure of Ferrari’s chairman, Luca di Montezemolo and what it could mean for the brand going forward. After that we move on to some Viper talk with the announcement of the new price cut, and we look at our beautiful rendering of what a new Viper Roadster would look like.

We keep up the excitement of new car news with a discussion about how great the new Mercedes AMG GT and Jaguar XE look now that both have been officially announced.

In this week’s Viewer Questions we talk about the V-8 engines we think sound the best and we discuss what happens if we get a press car that we don’t like. Do we still drive it, or does it sit in the driveway while we enjoy our personal cars?

We finish things up with an Own, Drive, Burn segment that consists of three legendary cars from Nissan’s past.

As always, we appreciate everyone who watches or listens. Don’t forget to leave your comments below. We love any and all feedback; good or bad. We also love to get questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for next week’s show.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend, everyone. We will be back to see you next Thursday!

The Lexus IS dates back to 1998, when it was introduced as an entry-level luxury car mainly in Japan and the United States. Initially launched as a four-door sedan and five-door wagon , the IS didn’t receive a two-door version until the second-generation model came in 2006. However, the Japanese only built a convertible , postponing the coupe for a few more years. The much-anticipated coupe has finally arrived for the 2015 model year, about 12 months after Lexus unveiled the third-generation IS. But unlike the latter, the coupe carries the RC F nameplate.

Although it borrows most of its styling from the IS sedan, the RC F features a more aggressive design, which is supposed to pay tribute to Lexus’ only supercar as of 2014, the LFA . The RC F, however, is not intended to compete with the likes of the Nissan GT-R , but rather take on the BMW M4 , the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe and the Audi RS5 . Does it have what it takes to play with Germany’s main weapons for the sports coupe market? Read on to find out.

Updated 09/05/2014: Lexus announced full details and prices on the all-new RC F sports coupe which will be put on sale starting this fall. Prices will start from $63,325 including $925 destination charges.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.

It seems Lexus is preparing a new GS F sedan for production in the 2016 model year. Reports confirm the performance sedan will be powered by an upgraded, 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the upcoming RC F coupe . The GS F will also get an eight-speed automatic from ZF, along with a Torsen rear differential as standard equipment.

We can expect the GS F’s V-8 to pump out roughly 506 horsepower and just under 400 pound-feet of torque. That should put the four-door sedan in the mid four-second range to 60 mph and at a top speed exceeding 170 mph.

Holding everything together will be a lengthened version of the RC’s chassis. A multi-link, electronic suspension with separate drive modes is also expected. The new GS F will borrow some of the RC F’s styling cues, including that massive Lexus Spindle Grille. Expect the GS F to cost around $130,000 when it hits the market.

What’s more, Lexus is apparently working on a four-door version of the RC F. If that’s the case, it will surely ride on the same lengthened platform as the GS F and share much of its underpinnings. It may be a case of slight size and styling differences being the only separators. AutoCar is reporting the four-door RC F is likely to bow "sometime in 2016" as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus GS F and RC F.

Source: AutoCar

Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Show to begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge ’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept , and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Geneva Auto Show

Like Ron Burgundy, high-performance cars are kind of a big deal around here. Anytime something new comes out, it causes quite a stir. So you can imagine the excitement built up over the new offerings from BMW and Lexus . Both companies have been hard at work building track-ready beasts like the M3 /M4 duo and RC F ready to take on the clock, the instrumented testing, and each other as they duke it out for a spot on your dream driveway.

While neither the M4 Coupe nor the RC F has been driven by anyone outside their respective manufactures, the comparisons have already begun. And that’s what we’re doing here. A detailed look into their numbers, estimated performance stats, and brand history to see which car is likely to find itself on top once the real-world comparison tests happen.

Until time narrows towards the cars’ launches this summer, guessing is all we can do. However, we can make educated guesses based on the criteria above. We will also take a close look at each car’s interior and exterior design, usability, and pricing. Follow along as we dive deep into the numbers to dissect which car will emerge as king.

Click past the jump for the comparison

Lexus has announced today the addition of an F SPORT model to its upcoming RC 350 coupe . The automaker released the teaser image above in an effort to drum up excitement for the car’s official debut on March 4th at the Geneva Motor Show .

The car is expected to get the standard battery of F SPORT-type upgrades that primarily concentrate on improved handling and braking. The 3.5-liter V-6 will likely remain unchanged, still making 314 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A sportier appearance will also come with the package, including the F-style of Lexus’ spindle grille design and other interior upgrades.

The RC 350 F SPORT will slot above the standard RC 350 but below the awesome-looking RC F — the latter of which gets a meaty 5.0-liter V-8 kicking out 450 horsepower.

Also happening at the Geneva show is Lexus’ RC 350 F GT3 racing concept. The racer makes its appearance to mark Lexus’ intentions to enter the GT3 racing series.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC.

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In the upcoming months we will learn lots of new details on the recently launched Lexus RC F , like the official specifications, prices and other optional features. The first of the news started today when Lexus finally released the first images of the optional Carbon Fiber package.

The biggest change that comes with this package is the clear-coated carbon-fiber roof, hood and active rear spoiler, which raises and lowers depending on the coupe ’s speed in order to improve the car’s driving dynamics and stability at high speeds. These new parts not only look cool, but they also help lower the curb weight and lower the center of gravity. This will easily translate into improved performance figures.

No other details were released just yet, but we expect this optional carbon fiber package to add some carbon-fiber goodness on the interior too.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lexus RC F.

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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.


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