Lexus continues its aggressive rollout of performance models with the all-new 2015 RC F performance coupe that was revealed at the Detroit auto show last week. The F performance model is based on the RC coupe and gets the most powerful V8 engine in the Lexus lineup with more than 450 horsepower and more than 383 lb.-ft. torque.
The coupe features the signature spindle front grille we’re seeing from Lexus, with the all new F model featuring a distinctive mesh pattern that we’ve seen in other F models from Lexus. We drove a number of F SPORT models at a Lexus track event last year and came away very impressed with the performance of these vehicles, so we’re anxious to test out this new RC F performance coupe as well.
Other notable features of the new vehicle include:
- The RC F will make use of a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) for imrpoved handling and performance. The power will transfer through a newly calibrated eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission with paddle shifters.
- The vehicle features three operating modes – Standard mode for a balance of nimble performance and stability; Slalom mode for emphasis on nimble steering response; and Track mode to help with consistent stability, ensuring the vehicle stays on the intended corning line as the driver applies more throttle.
- The RC F takes design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar including air cooling and aerodynamics. Also, an active rear spoiler is incorporated into the trunk lid to provide down force at speeds of more than 50 mph.
We’re seeing a number of luxury brands emphasizing performance as well, but few have been as bold as Lexus with the new F models. Now with this RC F performance coupe, those of you craving a powerful luxury car have another great option to test drive.