It’s certainly an F SPORT Friday as Lexus announces some exciting news. Lexus officially confirms an F SPORT model for the 2015 Lexus RC and the RC F “Racing Concept” will officially debut next week at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It’s apparent that Lexus is kicking off 2014 with a bang by offering a wide range of RC luxury coupé models including a legit race-ready RC F racing concept. The debut takes place in Geneva on Tuesday, March 4 at 8:45 a.m. CET.
The F SPORT model is a sport oriented model which features attributes from the LFA super car. F SPORT is an important link between the luxury appointed RC and the flagship RC F which recently debuted last month in Detroit. Like the IS and GS, the RC F SPORT will feature an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system with rear steering. An F SPORT mesh grille will compliment the signature spindle grille unlike the Ultrasonic Blue RC spotted with a aterfall grille a few weeks ago. A very handsome set of 19″ mesh wheels will be offered exclusively on the F SPORT package.
The RC F SPORT will also feature an exclusive Ultra White (083) exterior also called White Nova Glass Flake in other regions. A blue (most likely Ultrasonic Blue – 8U1) and an orang will also be available as options for the F SPORT colors palette. Lexus USA has named Rioja Red as an interior choice which may signify NuLuxe interior surfaces like the 2014 IS. It’s unclear if we will get leather seating as an option for RC F SPORT but other global markets will get a Dark Rose interior which may signify leather. The powertrain of choice will be a the trusty 2GR-FSE 3.5L V6 mated to an Aisin AA81E 8 speed auto transmission which was first featured in the 2014 IS 350. More details on the latest RC addition should surface after next week’s Geneva debut.
Here are the preliminary specs on the 2015 RC F SPORT:
|RC 350 F SPORT|
|Height / mm||54.9 in.|
|Width / mm||72.4 in.|
|Wheelbase / mm||107.5 in.|
|Seating capacity persons||4|
|Driven wheels||Rear-wheel drive|
|Horsepower||306 hp @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||277 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm|
|Suspension||Front: Double Wishbone Rear: Multilink|
Unveiled last month at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon, the RC F GT3 Racing Concept will make its European debut in Geneva. This white RC F with holographic decals was featured in an artsy display featuring a racing pit crew dressed in tuxedo race suits. No real information was given about the all white race car until now. The RC F GT3 Racing Concept is not to be confused with the RC F GT 500 using a RI4AG 2.0L Turbo 4 cylinder.
This white RC F is designed to meet Group GT3 race standards will weigh just under 2,800 lbs. It will be powered by a V8 powertrain with over 540 HP. TMC announced that Lexus Racing will have prominence in 2014 and it is welcome news that this GT3-compliant RC F’s will be supplied to racing teams worldwide. This means that we will see the RC F GT3 race in the Nürburgring 24 hour race in Germany, Super GT and Super Taikyu in Japan.
Lexus is serious about redefining their image as they are about to enter a new chapter in motorsports.
Here are the preliminary specs for the RC F GT3 Race Car:
|Length||4,705 mm/ 185.2 in|
|Width||2,000 mm/78.7 in|
|Height||1,270 mm/50 in|
|Weight||1,250 kg/2,755.8 lbs|
|Wheelbase||2,730 mm/107.5 in|
|Engine||V8 gasoline engine|
|Horsepower||540+ hp (397kw)|
So far Lexus and the Lexus Racing program is off to a great start. Lexus reentering the world of motorsports is a dream come true for myself and Lexus fans worldwide. Not a bad way to kick off their 25th anniversary!