Three Lexus RC models will make debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The Lexus RC F and RC Coupe will take their European bow at the show, while a RC F GT3 racing car concept will be unveiled in a world-first appearance.
RC F European premiere
The Lexus RC F will be seen for the first time in Europe at the Geneva motor show (from March 4th), ahead of going on sale this autumn. It’s powered by a new 5.0-litre engine that’s expected to deliver well in excess of 450bhp and more than 520Nm of torque, making this the most powerful V8 performance car Lexus has yet developed.
To harness this power efficiently, the RC F combines a newly calibrated eight-speed transmission with a world-first installation of a Torque Vectoring Differential in a front engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe. This enhances traction and control to secure exceptional handling and performance.
For the first time in a Lexus, the RC F’s engine runs on the Atkinson cycle at cruising speed, for better fuel economy, switching to the Otto cycle at higher revs to deliver outstanding performance.
Lexus RC F as seen in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue
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RC in F Sport trim
The F Sport version of the Lexus RC coupe displays even stronger, more sporting exterior and interior design features and benefits from revised driving dynamics.
Lexus has confirmed a 2015 launch for the RC Coupe, which will be available with a 2.5-litre version of Lexus’ full hybrid drive system, named RC 300h. The car in the images above an example of how the model will look in F Sport specification.
First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, the RC is a stand-alone model, rather than a two-door derivative of another Lexus model. Based on the GS platform, it differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS model lines. The new RC range also features new developments in Lexus’s advanced technologies, including a new, touch-operated Remote Touch Interface control.
RC F GT3
The unveiling of the new Lexus RC F GT3 concept signals Lexus’s intention to engineer a car for teams racing in GT3 competition.
Measuring some 2000mm wide, 1270mm high and 4705mm long, the car has a 2730mm wheelbase. The RC F GT3 concept is wider and lower that the standard RC F, yet, with the interior stripped to racing specification, it weighs just 1,250kg.
A modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine develops 532bhp.
Read about the GT3’s sister car, the RC Super GT racing car here.
Other display vehicles
Lexus will host a press conference at 8.45am on 4 March, on stand 4211 in Hall 4 at the Geneva motor show.