Lexus has revealed the all-new RC F, a V8-engined performance coupe with an
active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and available carbon fiber
components. It made its public debut at the 2014 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."
One of the Lexus RC F's closest rivals is the new 2015 BMW M4 Coupe. Although the M4 is less powerful with its 431 hp twin-turbo inline-6 engine, it's at the same time about 650 lb (300 kg) lighter.
Exterior Design of the Lexus RC F
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 the 2015 RC F has a unique front hood which raises the peak of the vehicle, creating a powerful side view.
The Lexus 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 2015 RC F's available carbon fiber package offers a clear coated carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler drawn from the LFA production experience.