When Lexus lifted the veiled from the 2014 IS , we had a feeling that a coupe variant , now known as the RC, 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 RC F 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 RC ? 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 RC F, 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 and more recent rumors point to a 460-horsepower V-8. No matter the engine, you can rest assured that it will have to deliver at least 450 horsepower in order to make it the RC F competitive against the Bimmer M4.
Updated 01/14/2014: The new Lexus RC F made its world debut today and Lexus finally shed some details about what powers this beast. Find them out after the jump.
Updated 02/18/2014: Lexus unveiled a new video featuring the new RC F sports coupe as seen in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.
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.
Updated 12/19/2013: Lexus unveiled a second teaser image for its new F model set to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. While at the first image we weren’t sure Lexus is talking about the RC F, now there is no doubt about it. The company described the upcoming F model "as a coupe, conceived with grit, an entirely new expression of design and uncompromising performance."
Update 12/24/2013: A scanned invitation to the reveal of the all-new RC 350 has also, reportedly, revealed the fact that the RC F will carry a 460-horsepwer V-8 beneath its hood. The legitimacy of the invite is in question, but we will pass it on regardless. You can see the invitation after the jump.
Updated 01/08/2014: With a few days before its official debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show the first images of the new Lexus RC F leaked online, revealing a more aggressive version of the standard RC. (Carscoops)
Updated #2 01/08/2014: The first official images on the RC F were released today by Lexus. Unfortunately the company offered no details on the V-8 engine, so most likely it decided to keep something for the show.
When compared to the standard RC Coupe, the new RC F is distinguished by a more aggressive look, with the signature Lexus spindle grille that has a subtle F-pattern on the lower half and a slightly raised hood to make room for that massive V-8 engine.
Both the front and the rear fenders are updated with L-shaped air outlets to help pull hot air from under the hood. The lower half of these vent meet up with the ground effects to form one continuous line. Under the whole front end are strategically placed fins to help stabilize the RC F at high speeds.
Around back, the RC F gets a sports exhaust system with stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes for a uniquely aggressive look. What makes the RC F even more interesting is the speed-sensitive active rear spoiler that draws inspiration from the LF-A. This spoiler deploys at speeds of about 50 mph and retracts when the speed is lower than 25 mph.
The model is offered with three different 10-spoke, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. Customers can also personalize their RC F with numerous-carbon fiber elements.
2014 Lexus RC F - Exterior Dimension:
|Overall Length||185.2 in.|
|Driven Wheels||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Curb Weight||Targets less than 3,968 lbs.|
Rendering Vs. Reality
In developing our rendering for the next RC F we used design elements seen on the LF-CC Concept and combined them with elements revealed by the spy shots. As you can see from the comparison image above, we nailed it on this rendering, which we created in July 2013. If there is one area that we missed the mark, it is the thickness of the chrome grille surround.
The interior is equipped to be as aggressive as the exterior, and it features a unique steering wheel, gauges, seats, trimming and pedals. The new RC-F is offered with sport seats with contrasting stitching. The rear seats are also higher and feature embossed "F" letters on the headrests.
Other specific F elements include: meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals.
Under the hood of the new RC F Lexus uses an all-new, 5.0-liter, 32-valve, V-8
"The TVD quickly adjusts the torque to each wheel, assuring that the RC F rockets through the twist with authority."
engine that delivers more than 450 horsepower and more than 383 pound-feet of torque. For the first time in a sports car, the engine uses the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds that will help lowering fuel consumption.
No performance figures were announced, but Lexus announced the new RC F will be faster than the IS F, meaning that the 0-to-60 mph sprint time should be made in less than 4.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 168 mph.
|Engine Type||5.0 liter V-8|
|Horsepower||More than 450 hp|
|Torque||More than 383 lb.-ft.|
|Transmission||Eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS)|
|0-60 mph||Targets faster than IS F|
|Top speed||Estimated 168 mph (electronically limited)|
Suspension and Brakes
The new Lexus RC-F rides on 19-inch, forged-aluminum wheels combined , and front and rear independent suspension systems, with monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars.
For the first time in a Lexus model, the new RC F is equipped with a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) with three driving modes: standard, slalom and track. The TVD quickly adjusts the torque to each wheel, assuring that the RC F rockets through the twist with authority.
The new Lexus RC F will be distinguished by the typical F elementsl. These elements include powerful wheel arches, F-styled front and rear bumpers with large air intakes, and a rear diffuser incorporating the exhaust system’s quad tailpipes.
"Clearly, the RC F is the sexiest of the group in this case, but we're pretty sure the M4 Coupe will take home the bacon in terms of raw performance."
BMW dropped a bomb when it released the official details on the M4, and it called out AMG and Lexus both with its amazing updates. Not only does it boast a 3.0-liter in-line six with M TwinPower Turbo technology that pushes its output to 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, but it also features a racing suspension system.
Don’t go thinking that this suspension is all hype either, as BMW eliminated all of the comfort items, like rubber bushings and flexing ball joints on the front and rear. Sure, it rides like a go-cart on a cobblestone road, but it’ll rip the skin from your bones in the corners — just like we all wanted the M4 to do.
Lexus definitely has it’s work cut out for it with the M4.
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.
It looks like Lexus, BMW and Mercedes are all caught up in a game of "Keeping up with the Joneses, as they each try to one up the other. Clearly, the RC F is the sexiest of the group in this case, but we’re pretty sure the M4 Coupe will take home the bacon in terms of raw performance. Overall, though, the RC F is certainly a sports coupe that will give BMW M and Mercedes AMG shoppers a reason to think.
Gallery Audi RS5
July 15th 2013 - First Sighting
We first saw the RC F — then thought to be called the IS F Coupe — in swirly camo.
July 16th, 2013 - Sighting on the `Ring
We caught the RC F on the `Ring in July 2013. In these images, the RC F was under heavy camo, so we couldn’t see too much of the new F model, but there wasn’t too much guesswork in piecing together what it would look like.
Gallery Lexus RC F
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.
Want power, precision and passion? Lexus revealed its most powerful V8 engine in the all-new 2015 RC F performance coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The F performance model, based on the RC coupe, gets its powerful roar from more than 450 horsepower and more than 383 lb.-ft. torque.
To get that amount of power efficiently to the ground the RC F will make use of a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) to ensure remarkable handling and performance. The power will transfer through a newly calibrated eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission with paddle shifters.
“I’ve built RC F to be enjoyed by all enthusiasts – no matter what their level of expertise,” said RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi.
“There’s a misconception that racing cars are hard to drive. In fact, they’re easy in the right hands because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers. It’s the same with RC F.
“Electronics can be modified instantly on board to provide appropriate levels of performance and protection. But even at its basic setting, it’s a blast.”
Driving Dynamics with More Power and Usability
The RC F has an all-new 5.0-liter 32-valve V8 engine that will provide increased maximum power at higher engine rpm than previously possible. For the first time in a Lexus performance engine, the RC F uses the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for enhanced fuel economy and then switches to the Otto cycle at higher rpm to develop impressive performance levels.
Driver engagement has been made possible by purpose designed sound and power delivery. A uniquely tuned eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission improves linear throttle response.
It helps the driver control the torque and power precisely as it is applied.
The newly calibrated VDIM adds a vertical G-sensor to provide greater vehicle stability
Torque Vectoring Differential
The RC F uses a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), a first in a Lexus, to increase driving performance. It has three operating modes:
Standard for a balance of nimble performance and stability;
Slalom for emphasis on nimble steering response; and
Track to help with consistent stability, ensuring the vehicle stays on the intended corning line as the driver applies more throttle.
The foundation for the vehicle’s mechanical grip is the highly rigid body with large cross-section rocker panels and a very stiff front lower brace. Specialized Lexus manufacturing techniques are also used, including body adhesives, laser-screw welding, laser brazing and multi-spot welding. Grip is further enhanced through use of a wider tire and wheel assembly.
RC F has front and rear coil-spring independent suspension, with monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars. Unsprung weight is reduced by the adoption of three new 19-inch diameter forged aluminum wheels which minimize tire/wheel assembly mass and maximize rigidity.
Lexus RC F adds to the stylish body of the new RC coupe on which it is based. The RC F features its own version of the Lexus signature spindle grille which dominates the front of the vehicle from hood line to lower lip. The grille has a subtle F-mesh pattern on the lower half.
In profile view RC F has a unique front hood which raises the peak of the vehicle, creating a powerful side view.
The RC F takes design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, especially in essential air cooling and aerodynamics. Its hood air vent, such as those on the LFA, combined with front cooling ducts contribute to engine cooling and overall vehicle stability.
As in the LFA, an active rear spoiler is incorporated into the trunk lid to provide down force at speeds of more than 50 mph. The active spoiler is a highlight of RC F’s aerodynamic package which includes careful tuning of the underbody, the intakes in the grille and the front fender vents, and strategic placement of the aero stabilizing fins.
To the side, front fender ducts in the shape of an L also aid cooling performance while adding to the aggressive stance.
The RC F’s available carbon fiber package offers a clear coated carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler drawn from the LFA production experience.
Uniquely designed components, including combination meters, the steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals, convey a sense of connection with the driver that only a Lexus F performance model can achieve.
RC F’s all-new combination meters are further developed from LFA while also referencing aircraft cockpit instruments. The meters provide a wide range of easy to read information for the various drive modes.
The combination meters include a large centrally mounted tachometer that alters according to drive mode, digital and analog speedometer, differential torque vectoring monitor, G-Force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, mileage information and a stopwatch.
The driver’s connection to the RC F is paramount. The RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick grip steering wheel for greater control during performance driving. The placement, shape and operation of paddle shifters make it easier to change gears on the track and in other performance circumstances.
The all-new high back seats have been designed for exceptional holding performance. An integrated foaming technique creates a highly supportive and taut fitting seat with trim material that stays fixed.