By on November 4, 2013

2013.10.29 LPMPD

Two of the newest Lexus products got an early reveal prior to their Tokyo Motor Show debut. The Lexus RC (above) is a coupe version of the new IS, with the IS350′s 3.5L V6 carrying over. World markets will get a hybrid version, dubbed the RC300h. Also debuting is the LF-NX concept, expected to preview a sub-RX sized crossover.

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31 Comments on “Lexus Reveals RC Coupe, LF-NX Concept...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Nice 350Z ripoff guys, also I’m thinking seppuku for the folks who greenlighted the other thing. For the other designers I suggest a Clockwork Orange style education session with the SC400 and LS400 being repeatably show in-between images of the Hindenburg and cartoons.

    • 0 avatar
      ash78

      I see equal parts Z and Audi A5 in this. Well that, plus Lexus’s new signature grille that is so horrid, I would not consider any of their cars until they fix it. I never thought Lexus would ever pursue polarizing aesthetics*, but here we are.

      *Excepted: The SC430 generation that was inpsired by a yacht.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        On a second look I see a little A5 in the rear shot, but def Z on the profile. A5 is much more elegant in its proportions, this concept screams [rich] boy racer to me I can’t take it very seriously. Lexus if you want to rip off Audi and build a Japanese A5 go for it, just lose the Gran Turismo feel and inject some class and refinement into the model.

      • 0 avatar
        kmoney

        Agree about seeing alot of A5 in this. Don’t know why they went fleetwide with this the grill either, esepecially on the GS and LS (thought he LS looks somewhat okay). I guess on this it could appeal to the younger target audience, but there is no way that the predator look can be appealing the generally conservative and older people who buy the LS and GS.

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        And the Lexus signature “Predator” grill has a very close resemblance to the grill on the Hyundai Nuvis concept.

      • 0 avatar

        inspired by a yacht

        drives like a yacht

        mission accomplished.

    • 0 avatar

      Another homogeneous me-too vehicle for the plebians. May be nice to drive but quite drab to look at.

    • 0 avatar
      Reino

      350Z ‘ripoff’ with Toyota reliability? Sign me up.

      I don’t see how auto-enthusiasts can ever complain about more choices in the RWD performance coupe market.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      I was thinking more Infiniti G35 thanks to the spoiler, but thats just a fancied 350z clone so…yea.

      Way to look dated on the first day Toyota, that Lexus predator grille looks like it’d work great in parking lots.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    The LF-NX images are truly hideous.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    Don’t like the vertical slats in the grille or the fog light location. Love the DTM-esque line that runs from the headlight, over the fender, and drops to the upper-mid door. Otherwise, we have a 2 door IS, a design that I really didn’t like initially but it is quickly becoming the frontrunner if we drop down to 2 vehicles, especially when it gets the 2.0T mentioned in the NX concept. Is the RC300h non-US only like the IS300h? I wonder if they are going to show the RC-F, too? It looks production ready in all the spy shots.

    Alex Dykes – it looks like your much loathed “mouse” has been replaced with a touchpad in the RC350. Interested to see how well it functions.

  • avatar
    naterator

    OOH! AHH! snore….

    And yet, because of that “L” on the front, they will sell by the container-full in Dallas.

  • avatar
    Manic

    So, one could soon buy Lambo CUV before Lambo gets their CUV ready. In some strange way, Urus looks -from some angles at least- to be easier on the eye than this thing. Will Lexus buyers really accept this aggressive styling? SC430 was extreme in extreme fish-look and wasn’t that big success story either.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      SC430 was a niche product. Somehow I think if they completely ruin a mainstream car it will somehow be successful. There must be some sort of correlating scale between design fail and sales success.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        The way that I see it, modern design doesn’t have to be good nor bad as long as “Its striking and sporty”, if you like it its done its job, if it puts everyone off its done its job as well.

        Why style for failure? Well heres my theory:

        Stylists are given little time anymore, so they cobble together something derivative along with whatever current “brand face” is being used, after that much time is dropped on focus-testing and public receptionmanipulation so that it can be approved and marketed.

        • 0 avatar
          imag

          I don’t think that comment about stylists is true. Brands are desperate to have a unique, good-looking design because they know designs sell cars.

          The reason the cars often look the same is because they are all up against the same engineering and manufacturing restrictions: crash safety, pedestrian safety, packaging, aerodynamics, cost.

          There are only so many ways to design a similar sized, similar function vehicle within all these parameters.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Why style for failure? Ah the $64,000 dollar question, Ryoku.

          If I had to guess in addition to the factors you’ve named I will add odd styling either sets or meets a trend. If consumers were to break down what new automotive products they are buying over say a twenty year period, I would argue a pattern would emerge. Small FWD car, medium FWD car, station wagon, maybe bigger SUV/truck, and more currently the so called CUV. But if you style your small station wagon (say Ford escort wagon), that you couldn’t give away in 2013, as a bold (or ugly) looking tall car all of the sudden the plebs want one. Add a rear roof over your pickup and suddenly you have an SUV. Add a hatch to your otherwise conventional small FWD and you have a “hot hatch”. I think at least part of it is about repackaging day old bread year after year.

          • 0 avatar
            Ryoku75

            I feel that weird styling is intended to set trends, automakers all come up with identical styling cues and we consumers have no choice but to go with it, while the “One Uppers” buy into them for their styling.

            I think that CUVs have become favored by manufacturer-ers because it allows to to repackage their bottom-barrel cars with a slight price increase wit minimum changes, it also lets them meet CAFE.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            One the first point, I suppose the plebs will just buy whats available no matter how loopy it may look on the outside. I saw my first Encore up close on Saturday and it struck me as being cartoonish in proportions. Why not put even bigger wheels on it, give it an even thinner C-pillar, and up the beltlines make the windows six inches tall. Then you could add the cast of Loony Tunes to your list happy customers.

            “slight price increase wit minimum changes, it also lets them meet CAFE”

            The light truck loophole was big enough to allow Detroit to drive the SUV through it, but continuing this legislation now only shows how pointless it is and always was. So a tall “CUV” based on the identical car platform is not a car, even though it is, and meets mileage requirements even through CUV mileage generally sucks compared to the cars they are based upon.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    If they have Korean designers I’ll have to give credence to cultural memory. And very patient revenge.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      +1 patient revenge indeed.

      Do you sense a mediocre vibe from them, Kenmore?

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        Quite the contrary…I see the Koreans as having stealthily implanted a time release capsule of Ass-Clown into one of history’s most conservative, rational and relentlessly efficient manufacturing cultures.

        If the work of Koreans this be.

        • 0 avatar
          Tosh

          Koreans would be the last people on earth that the Japanese would ask help from. In general one cannot overstate the vanity of nationalistic Japanese pride in their own self-reliance, and they will go down the drain still clinging to it.

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            Yes, they’ll literally die and let other Japanese die to avoid outside help when in dire need… Fukushima.

            But they’ll still hire and encourage *some* influence from gaijin when clearly in control like with Toyota’s Calty design center.

  • avatar
    Bocatrip

    I Like the Lexus Coupe but it is not aggressive enough for me. I was considering the RS5 but it does not distinguish itself looks wise from the A5 or S5 to justify the huge price tag.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I think the Lexus-Predator-Ugly-Grille-Thing started out with the Nissan GTR, it had a radical angular front end meant to resemble vintage Transformer toys (according to Nissan), so when Lexus saw it they figured they’d whip up something else that was toy-like to lure in a younger crowd.

    But because Lexus wants to be Audi they need to make sure that all of their cars are indistinguishable from one another, so they grafted this single “face” on to the others.

    When the GTR tried this it wasn’t so much an issue, its a mass-produced supercar with its own styling, with Lexus it just doesn’t work at all, though it makes me glad that they quit making the LFA.

  • avatar
    epsilonkore

    I’ll have to wait to see it in person, but I like it so far (I like the over the top corporate grill). A Lexus IS Coupe without a dull appearance… with top rank reliability and at least competitive in performance? Sign me up! It may never beat the Germans at “total style” or absolute performance, but 9/10ths of the way there with 10/10ths reliability keeping me away from the dealership is the my kind of luxury. Make a F-Sport Hybrid with aggressive looks but with Synergy Drive mileage and I would be even happier.

  • avatar
    Noble713

    After the rumors of Toyota and BMW teaming up for sports car development, I was hoping the new Lexus coupe would have the 430hp turbo I6 in the 2014 M3/M4. It would be the closest thing to a proper Supra successor. V6 = lame.

    The new Lexus grille looks terrible in Internet pictures but I actually like it in person.

  • avatar
    Tosh

    The Lexus fish-sucking-a-lemon grill looks somehow like the remaining skin flaps of a ballistic exit wound.


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