The aggressive new Lexus RC F is equipped with a new 5.0-litre engine with engine power well above 450hp. The model has been styled for optimum high speed stability necessary to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus. It has wider wheels and tyres, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and carbon fibre components, each delivering what Lexus describes as 'functional beauty'.
"The form of each component is carefully designed to contribute to performance," Lexus RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi said. "Unique air outlets in the bonnet and rear section of the front fenders contribute to optimum engine cooling and handling stability. They create an aggressive look that immediately conveys the expectation of a dynamic driving experience."
The signature Lexus spindle grille dominates the front of the RC F, with a subtle 'F' motif embedded in the mesh below the Lexus symbol. As well, the bonnet is higher than that of the RC and it helps create a powerful flared profile suited to an F model. Ducts in the front bumper and fenders and strategically placed aerodynamic stabilising fins create a stance which further identifies the F model.
Air outlets at the rear of the front fender form the shape of an L when they merge with side sill extensions, while stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet exhaust tailpipes at the rear add further aggression.
The RC F has taken design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar. An active rear wing deploys from the RC F's deck at 50mph and retracts at less than 25mph to enhance the car's lines at standstill.
10 spoke 19" forged aluminium wheels are available, with a finish hand polished by craftsmen.
The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a switchable central dial which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, colour of the display and size of text all alter.
Occupant comfort is all important. RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts while all-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests have been styled to resemble tight-fitting athletic sportswear and to offer similar levels of support. The seats are available in a selection of three leather trims, each with contrasting stitching.
Outstanding new L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals combine form and function to provide better foot grip.