2014 Radical RXC Coupe
When we first heard about the Radical RXC Coupe earlier this year, we knew we had a long wait ahead of us, as we anticipated not getting the details until the January 10th Autosport International show. Well, the wait was long, but we got our first taste a little earlier than expected, as Radical has just released the specifications and features of its upcoming coupe.
Before this release, we had little clue what to expect, but we did know that a V-6 engine would be standard and a V-8 engine would be optional. The output of said engines was a complete mystery and the performance numbers were even more blurred.
With this early release of info, Radical has officially moistened our whistle and we are now just waiting to see one hit the track for the first time. We’ll let you know this much up front, this coupe is shockingly powerful and even more shocking are its track numbers.
Hit the jump to read our full review of the Radical RXC Coupe and find out just how shocking it is.
2014 Radical RXC Coupe
Transmission:Seven-Speed Automated Manual
Horsepower @ RPM:380
Torque @ RPM:320
0-60 time:2.8 sec.
Top Speed:175 mph
Exterior and interior
The Radical RXC is based on the SR9 Le Mans project and features one of the most complex bodies that Radical has ever produced. The car’s multi-piece bodywork combines composite and carbon- fiber sections, and will come in an array of color options.
Radical built the RXC Coupe on a high-tensile, laser-cut CDS tubular steel spaceframe and offers an integral roll cage that ensures maximum occupant safety and vehicle stiffness. The car is equipped with a set of gullwing doors that allow entry into its high-tech cabin with ease.
While inside this cabin, you are greeted by a multi-function steering wheel and power mirror adjusters. You also get air conditioning, an adjustable pedal box and FIA-spec bucket seats. All it’s lacking now is a navigation system, CD player and some speakers, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice road car.
Interior and Exterior Specifications:
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||4,300 mm (169.3 inches) X 1,960 mm (77.2 inches) X 1,127 mm (44.4 inches)|
|Chassis||High-tensile strength CDS carbon tubular steel spaceframe with FIA specification crash boxes front and rear|
|Body||Aerodynamic multi-piece composites (optional carbon sections), front and rear diffusers, full-width carbon bi-plane rear wing, gullwing doors with gas rams, full lighting system with LED daytime running lights|
|Downforce||900 kg (1,984 pounds) at max speed|
|Interior||Multi-function fully adjustable steering wheel, EPAS power steering, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, air conditioning, heated front screen, single windscreen wiper, adjustable pedal box|
|Seat||Bespoke FIA-compliant HANS compatible Corbeau seat with six-point harness|
|Fuel tank||Road: 100-litre (26.4-gallon) aluminum tank Race: FIA fuel cell|
Standard Features Include:
- Multi-function fully adjustable steering wheel
- EPAS power steering
- Electrically adjustable heated wing mirrors
- Air conditioning
- Heated windscreen with single wiper
- Adjustable pedal box
Under the hood, Radical has placed a Ford-sourced 3.7-liter 24-valve V-6 unit with twin-independent variable cam timing and sequential multi-port electronic injection. This engine delivers a total of 380 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and twists out 320 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm. This V-6 engine is the base engine and the real beast – the optional engine – is yet to be fully uncovered.
The only details that Radical has released on the optional engine are that it is a 3.0-liter RP-series V-8 engine and that it delivers a total of 480 horsepower. No details are available yet on the torque output, which directly impacts its acceleration numbers.
Both engines mate to an all-new bespoke RPE/Quaife seven-speed transverse gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.
The V-6 engine delivers some mighty stout performance numbers, as it sprints this coupe to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and allows it to hit a top speed of 175 mph. The V-8 numbers are not available yet, but we anticipate it taking about 2.5 seconds to get to 60 mph and a top speed in excess of 190 mph.
|Base Engine||Ford V6 Ti-VCT, 24-valve, 3700cc, DOHC, variable camshaft timing, sequential multi-port electronic injection|
|Optional Engine||3.0-liter RP-series V-8|
|Base Output||380 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque|
|Optional Output||480 horsepower and TBD pound-feet of torque|
|Transmission||Bespoke 7-speed transverse Quaife gearbox with paddle shift and autoblip|
|Base Acceleration (0-60)||2.8 seconds|
|Optional Acceleration (0-60)||TBD|
|Base Top Speed||175 mph|
|Optional Top Speed||TBD|
Suspension and Brakes
As a first for a Radical model, the RXC will be offered with an Intrax Racing Suspension system with double wishbones to keep it glued to the asphalt. This new suspension system is has an optional four-way adjustment system, so you can refine it to any driving condition of track.
The RXC sits on a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in either street or racing rubber. The fully floating brake system features 6-piston calipers to help drag it to a halt quickly. You can opt for carbon-ceramic discs, measuring 330 mm (12.9 inches) up front and 310 mm (12.2 inches) in the rear. These carbon-ceramic discs are not only more durable and effective than the standard discs, but they also lower the RXC’s unsprung weight, helping it handle better.
Suspension and Braking Specifications:
|Suspension||Front and rear double wishbone, pushrods, bespoke inboard adjustable Intrax dampers (optional 4-way adjustable system)|
|Brakes||Fully-floating disc brakes with six-pot calipers (optional carbon ceramic discs and calipers), front disc 330 mm, rear disc 310 mm|
|Wheels||Centre-lock cast alloys (forged option), front: 17x9.5, rear: 17x11.5|
|Tires||Road: Dunlop, front 235/620R17, rear 290/645R17 Race: Dunlop SP Sport, front 215/45ZR17, rear 255/40ZR17|
Nothing is official yet, per the press release, but earlier reports pointed toward a summer 2013 release date and a base MSRP of £89,500, which converts out to $144,250 for those of us in the U.S, for the road-going model.