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.
In developing our rendering for the next IS F Coupe we used design elements seen on the LF-CC Concept and combined them with elements revealed by the spy shots. We have tried to make the sports coupe as sporty as any other Lexus F model you’ve seen in the past.
Despite the heavy camouflage, it’s easy to notice that the IS F Coupe has a more aggressive front end, that boasts larger air intakes on each end of the bumper and a slightly revised grille insert. A small hood scoop is also visible on this test car, making it crystal clear that this is no standard IS F.
The prototype rides on multi-spoke wheels combined with large, slotted brake rotors, big brake calipers.
For the rear, it gets a quad-tip exhaust setup along with a modest, pop-up spoiler on the trunk lid. The rear photos also show us that the fenders on this coupe are much wider than on the regular IS.
gallery: Lexus IS F Coupe
The M version of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe is expected to hit the auto show circuit sometime near the end of 2013. When compared to the base version, the upcoming M4 will feature a more aggressive look, distinguished by the usual M-design elements, like the aggressive front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track and different side air intakes.
Under the hood, rumors are pointing toward the M4 using an S55 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with an output of 415 horsepower.
gallery: BMW M4 Coupe
When it comes to sports coupe models, the RS5 is definitely near the top of our list of favorites. It is powered by a 4.2-liter FSI V-8 engine that delivers 450 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 316 pound-feet available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and goes up to 174 mph without the speed limiter.
gallery: Audi RS5
The first-gen Lexus IS lineup hit the market in 2001 when the IS 300 hit dealerships with its sights squarely focused on the 3 Series Sedan. With a 215-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder, the IS was more than competent and its looks were right in line with its German rival.
In 2006, Lexus redesigned the IS lineup and changed the powertrain. Now there were two engines available: a 2.5-liter V-6 with 204 horsepower and a 3.5-liter V-6 with 306 horsepower. This engine change also brought a name change to the IS 250 and IS 350 .
In 2008, Lexus released the IS F and its fire-breathing 5.0-liter V-8 engine that pumped out 415 horsepower and sprinted the mighty Lexus to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Additionally, the IS F features a stiffer performance suspension, a more aggressive appearance and 19-inch wheels to help complete the package.