The Lexus RC was made to appeal to a broader audience and inject emotional
appeal into the Lexus DNA. RC is part of a ride and handling revolution at
Lexus, which started with GS mid-size luxury sedan and continued with the new IS
sport sedan. The RC is a stand-alone model, rather than a two-door derivative of
a sedan. Based on the GS platform, the coupe differs in all dimensions from the
GS and IS lines.
"We developed RC to deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than overwhelms drivers, in keeping with the true spirit of Japanese hospitality, or omotenashi," noted Junichi Furuyama, RC and IS chief engineer.
The aggressively styled coupe will be available with two powertrains: 3.5-liter V6 teamed with an eight-speed sequential transmission available in the RC 350 model and a 2.5-liter Lexus Hybrid Drive system.
The all-new RC Coupe was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and will be on display at the Lexus space at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
RC's Aggressive Exterior Design
The 2015 Lexus RC has been infused with deeply contoured lines, integrating the widest and lowest application yet of the Lexus spindle grille. It is unique in the Lexus range - 1.2-inches wider, 1.4-inches lower and 2.8-inches shorter in wheelbase than the new IS sedan, providing a road stance that emphasizes the attraction of a luxury two-door vehicle.
The unique headlamp design adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif front and rear. There are two choices of aluminum wheels - a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch and a muscular five-spoke 18-inch.
A new red exterior paint color is made brighter and shows more contrast thanks to a new painting process.
Highly acclaimed sports concept vehicles have greatly influenced the RC interior, making maximum use of contrasting colors, materials and lighting.
A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a great sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin. High contrast interior colors emphasize design lines and accentuate the elegant cabin. Genuine shimamoku wood highlights - the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus - are used to emphasize the surrounding trim.
The driver's cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered center console integrates a new Lexus-first Remote Touch Interface.
The seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method, much like the molding of racing seats, to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support which is important in a sport coupe.