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January 15, 2014

UPDATED: Lexus Unveils 450 HP RC F Coupe in Detroit

UPDATE: Aside from photos, Lexus has now released a slew of data on the RC F.

Lexus has released the first few photos of its new RC F high-performance coupe in the lead up to the North American International Auto Show. And we’re liking what we see. Based on the already spectacular looking RC Coupe launched at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 in November, the RC F shows off added muscularity and power through more fins, ducts, and scoops. All this and it’s supported by V8 power-eschewing the downsizing trend started by its German rivals.

Upfront, the RC F features a larger, higher hood to accommodate the V8 engine and this connects to flared front wheel arches, a signature look pioneered by the previous IS F(now with L-shaped air outlets no less) . There are also ducts beneath the front bumpers and fenders while aerodynamic stabilizing fins are sprinkled all over the RC F. At the back is an active rear spoiler activated by speed. It automatically deploys at speeds above 50 mph (80 km/h). This is supplemented by the vertically-stacked quad tailpipes, again another design cue from the IS F. At each corner, the RC F is fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the RC F features some unique features not found in the RC 350. This includes unique gauges, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation, and pedals. The instrument panel has a center meter which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, color of the display, and SIZE of the text can be changed.

Meanwhile, the seats feature a high-back design for optimal comfort and support. The RC F also features L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedal while debuting Lexus’s first elliptical cross-section thick grip steering wheel.

All that spanking good looks is put to use thanks to the all-new 5.0-liter V8 engine with 450 horsepower. What’s even more unique with the RC F’s engine is the fact it uses the efficiency-minded Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds and then switches to the conventional Otto cycle at higher revs to develop impressive performance. Along with this engine, the RC F uses a new 8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission with paddle shifters.

Improving the RC F’s handling is a Lexus-first Torque Vectoring Differential system with three operating modes: Standard, Slalom, and Track.

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