The Japanese luxury vehicle division of Toyota has revealed the first images and information of the new Lexus RC Coupe, the production version of the Lexus LF-CC and Lexus LF-LC concepts. The new model has a generous size, comes with a bold design and powerful engines.
Lexus has revealed the first images and information of the new RC Coupe, the sports car production version being anticipated by the LF-LC and LF-CC concepts exhibited at the American and European auto shows. Lexus RC Coupe is expected to make its official appearance at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show (Preview Night: Nov. 22; General Public Days: Nov. 23 – Dec. 1).
Lexus RC Coupe – Design & Engine & Price
Inspired by the design philosophy of the two concepts previously mentioned, Lexus RC Coupe borrows the imposing trapezoidal grille, the angular headlights and the sharp lines of the body. The new optical blocks are equipped with powerful LEDs, replacing the conventional headlamps. The aesthetic package is completed by 18- or 19-inch (10 spoke) rims.
Lexus RC Coupe’s external dimensions assign it somewhere at the entrance into the medium segment, with 4693 mm Length, 1394 mm Height, 1838 mm Width and 2730 mm Wheelbase.
The interior is influenced by the line of the futuristic concepts, but its more down to earth by adopting a conventional dashboard with instruments behind the steering wheel and a 7-inch interactive display. The innovation is represented by the installation of multimedia system: Remote Touch Interface and presence of different interior lighting. It no longer comes from the roof, instead it is projected upwards from the console and dashboard. The seats are constructed by injecting a foam to provide extra comfort and support.
At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese will showcase two versions: Lexus RC 350 Coupe and Lexus RC 300h Coupe. The first will use a 3.5-liter V6 petrol, while the second will get the services of an assembly by joining a 2.5-liter petrol unit and an electric motor.
The base model is expected to start at around $40,000.
In the future we could get acquainted with the Lexus RC F Coupe performance version, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine with cylinder deactivation, producing 455 horsepower and 543 Nm, all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The performance version could make its appearance earlier than expected, at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.
Lexus RC Coupe Wallpaper [photo gallery]
All-New Lexus RC Coupe to Make World Debut at the Tokyo Motor Show
– Striking concept-to-reality coupe explores new frontiers for Lexus.
– High performance V6 gas and hybrid powertrains accentuate the strong sport-nature of RC.
– New Lexus dedicated coupe with the most aggressive use yet of the iconic spindle grille.
– High contrast interior colors with unique new trim create a driver’s cockpit that enhances the fun-to-drive intention of RC.
TOKYO – Nov. 4, 2013 – The all-new Lexus RC coupe will make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on Nov. 20,2013. The press conference will be held at 8:45 a.m. and a live webcast stream of the event will be available at http://www.lexus-int.com.
Two RC models will be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show – RC 350 with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, and the RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-liter engine. Today Lexus released photos of the all-new RC in advance of the world premiere. The RC line brings to life the luxury marque’s focus on emotional appeal through a dynamic and alluring two-door coupe. It has been developed to raise the brand’s profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers. It injects emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability.
Lexus designers have infused the RC design with deeply contoured lines never before seen in the Lexus line-up. They have integrated the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille.
Triangular headlamps evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC styling while concept vehicle inspiration is evident in the unique three-lamp LED design. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity. The sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.
RC’s aluminum wheels continue the concept-to-production design philosophy with two available combinations – a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version, each precision-machined and finished with elegant black and platinum center caps.
A new Lexus painting process that uses multiple layers of clear and deeper-colored coating brings the RC coupe to life with a brighter and more contrasting shade, especially on the racy red exterior.
Highly acclaimed sport concept vehicles have greatly influenced the interior of the RC coupe, with 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 interior. High contrast interior trim, including a new tone called Clove, 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.
Important for a coupe, the seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method – much like the molding of racing seats – to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support. [/learn_more]
Lexus RC Coupe via Lexus