Spy Shots: Lexus IS F Coupe (AKA RC F) Hits Nurburgring
For the second time in consecutive days, our spy shooters managed to catch this Lexus performance coupe out and about. There is a little confusion as to whether this is a production version of the RC F that Lexus filed a patent for earlier this year or a 2015 IS F Coupe.
Regardless of its name, it is very clear by the images that Lexus test drivers were pushing this coupe hard, which is evident by the amount of body lean the sporty coupe shows in the corner. There are no new details reveled in these new spy shots, but they are confirmation that the model is nearing production and is undergoing some intense training.
The powerplant driving the IS F is still a relative mystery, but rumors are pointing toward the deletion of the 5.0-liter V-8. The likely replacement would be a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with power reaching nearly 450 horsepower. This would put it right in line with its key competitor: the BMW M4.
Whether its named the RC F or IS F Coupe is up for argument, but what’s not up for debate is just how bad-ass this new coupe will be...
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As the coupe entered the apex of the turn at Nϋrburgring, it leaned heavily to the right, a sign that the driver was pushing the car to its breaking point. You also get a clear look at the front end from this angle and we see the massive air intakes on the outer edges of the bumper and the staple spindle grille.
From the side, we can see the sleek roofline and the rear window the slinks its way down to what looks to be an adjustable spoiler. We also get a nice look at a set of frameless windows and a sneak peak at the rear quarter windows that, judging by the camouflage, will be a highlight of the upcoming coupe.
From the rear three-quarter angle, we get a nice look at the heat extractor just aft of the front wheels. This was not visible from any other angle and is indicative of something special under the hood. Around back, we get a look at the well-disguised taillights and the stacked quad-exit exhaust system.