After years of anticipation, the RC F has finally been announced. Road & Track has once again jumped the gun (first with the LF-LC concept 2 years ago) ahead of everyone by posting up their story around 7AM PST today (1/8/14). It was quickly taken down shortly after, but finally reinstated after everyone else had posted their coverage and the official Lexus press release published. Several of the the A-list publications were invited to an early preview of the new “F” coupé earlier this week.
The new Lexus RC F coupé will be the third “F” in the line up after the LFA and IS F, which was unveiled in Detroit exactly 7 years ago today. As expected, the RC F will be a powerful and muscular version of the new RC “Reality Coupe” which debuted recently in Japan. The RC F will feature the most powerful V8 Lexus has offered to date. It will debut in Detroit at the 2014 NAIAS on January 14, 2014 at the former Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center. For now check out the official press release below and stay tuned for more RC F information soon.
Official Press Release:
Lexus RC F Redefines the Daily Commute with Asphalt-Grinding Performance and Bold Head-Turning Design
- Global Premiere of RC F Coupe at North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14
- Aggressive Design Cues Demonstrate Performance Potential
- Aerodynamic Wings and Scoops Illustrate Uncompromising Grit
TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2014) – Giving new meaning to “back to the grind,” the daily commute is now transformed into a day at the track with the all-new Lexus RC F. The RC F coupe is styled to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.
Based on the spectacular all-new RC coupe that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last November, the RC F has wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and available carbon fiber components, each delivering uncompromising grit to the driving experience.
The signature Lexus spindle grille, featuring a subtle F-pattern on the lower half, dominates the front of the RC F from the bottom of the hood to the lower lip. The hood is higher than that of the RC to accommodate the larger V8 engine and create the powerful flared profile suited to an F model. Ducts beneath the front bumper, fenders, and strategically-placed aerodynamic stabilizing fins create a stance which further identifies the F model.
Air outlets at the rear of the front fender form the shape of an L when they merge with side sill extensions, while stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear add further aggression. Taking design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, the RC F features an available speed-sensitive active rear spoiler. It enhances the coupe’s lines at standstill and deploys from the RC F’s deck at approximately 50 mph and retracts when the speed is less than 25 mph. The wing helps the RC F maintain traction and stability at higher speeds.
Three variations of 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheels are available, including two machine polished designs and one design hand polished by a craftsmen.
The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a central meter which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, color of the display and size of text can be changed.
Occupant comfort is all important. RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts. All-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests offer the driver and passenger an exceptional performance fit. The seats are available in a selection of five leather trims, each with contrasting stitching.
Outstanding new L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals combine form and function to provide better foot grip.
The all-new RC F will be revealed at a press conference at the 2014 North American International Motor Show in W-152, formerly known as the Riverview Ballroom, at Cobo Center Jan. 14 at 8:45 am EST. The Lexus press conference will also be streamed live online at www.lexus-int.com/. Follow the hashtag #AsphaltUp for more developments.
2015 Lexus RC F B-Roll Footage:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk4YnYnVYgI-A&w=640]
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