Lexus Shows and Tells More About New RC Coupe

Just as the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show officially opened its doors that will remain open for the public until December 1, Lexus dropped a more comprehensive set of photos and shared some additional (but not yet full) details on its new RC (just don’t call it an IS Coupe, even though that’s what it is at heart).

The powertrain information concerns the Japanese domestic market model that will launch worldwide in the second half of 2014. In its home market, Japan’s best attempt yet against the BMW 4-Series will come in two initial flavors, the RC 350 and the RC 300h hybrid.

In RC 350 trim, the coupe sports Lexus’ dual injection 3.5-liter V6 lump capable of producing 314hp (318PS) at 6,400 rpm, and peak torque of 280 lb.-ft. (379Nm) at 4,800 rpm, paired to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift with paddle shift transmission adapted from the IS F sedan. According to Lexus, “in manual (M) mode full torque converter lock up from second to eighth gears allows for down changes in just 0.2 seconds.”

The milder and more frugal sibling of the RC 350 is the RC 300h, Lexus’ first production hybrid coupe. It uses a dual-injected 176hp (178PS) 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine linked to a 105kW (141hp) electric motor driven through an electronic continuously variable transmission with six step gears in a sequential shift-matic feature, with the system delivering a combined output of 217hp (220PS).

Lexus said that it will offer both rear and all-wheel drive versions of the RC, pointing out, however, that “availability will vary by market”.

Information regarding the RC’s lineup for North America, Europe and other regions around the world will be announced at a later date.


2015-Lexus-RC-12013.10.31 LPMPD2015-Lexus-RC-32013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2015-Lexus-RC-82013.10.29 LPMPD2015-Lexus-RC-102015-Lexus-RC-1122015-Lexus-RC-3252015-Lexus-RC-112013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2015-Lexus-RC-202015-Lexus-RC-212015-Lexus-RC-222015-Lexus-RC-242015-Lexus-RC-252013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2013.10.31 LPMPD2015-Lexus-RC-23

Renault Clio Cup, Rally And RX Unveiled With Turbo Power

Renault’s latest customer racing cars have a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine with up to 177 hp.

Audi RS5 Sportback Stands Out In California With Peridot Green Paint

The unusual paint scheme of this RS5 Sportback actually comes from Porsche’s catalogue .

Blown Tire Causes Terrifying Head-On Crash

The blowout caused the semi driver to lose control and hit a Kia Ceed head-on.

Researchers Target Tesla Model 3 In Spoofing Attack, Get It To Turn Off The Highway

Navigate on Autopilot appears to be susceptible to GPS spoofing attacks.

Porsche Planning Run Of Retro-Inspired Special Editions

The first Heritage Design model will be launched next year and be based on the 911.

Ferrari’s P80/C, SP3JC And Monza SP2 Coming To Goodwood

Ferrari will also bring along seven race cars driven by F1 legend Michael Schumacher.

BMW M4 GT4 Slams Into Pit Wall After Being Blinded By Flying Hood

Even the BMW driver’s pit crew found the incident to be quite funny, .

This South African Has Built A Sauber-Mercedes C9 Replica

Powering this Sauber-Mercedes C9 replica is a twin-turbocharged 3.2-liter V6.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 Is A Very Good Excuse Not To Buy The AMG G63

In short, if you can afford the new G-Wagen, buy it, you won’t regret it.

FCA’s Uconnect Market Lets You Make Purchases And Reservations From Your Car’s Touchscreen

The automaker will deploy its Uconnect Market platform in the second half of this year.