Lexus RC-F Unveiled Prior to 2014 Detroit Auto Show Debut

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lexus rc f unveiled prior to 2014 detroit auto show debut

From the same division that birthed the Lexus IS-F and LFA comes the RC-F Coupe, which will turn up next week during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show to punch both BMW and Mercedes-AMG in the face.

Though the luxury automaker hasn’t dropped any hard numbers thus far, Lexus claims the V8 behind the unmasked Predator face will be their most powerful yet. How powerful? The IS-F dropped 420 horses in its day, so it’s possible the former’s 5-liter will be massaged to expel 500 horsepower to the rear wheels through its eight-speed Sport Direct Shift Transmission.

Aside from the aforementioned beastly visage, the RC-F Coupe — based upon the original RC that debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show — features tons of creased surfaces broken up by flared wheel arches. The front bumper directs airflow over the car and toward the brakes and engine, while vertical air vents positioned behind the front wheels allow heated brake air to escape. Stacked dual tailpipes and speed-sensitive active aero in the rear complete the package.

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  • Numbers_Matching Numbers_Matching on Jan 09, 2014

    I'm more of a 'form follows function' guy and generally try to follow that idiom when buying a car. It is increasingly harder to do this in the marketplace. This car exemplifies the direction that many automakers have chosen - possibly Asian manufacturers more than others. When I look at this car and really squint, I see a silouette that looks attractive. But when my eyes are fully open, that silouette turns into a mess of creases, feature lines and flamed surfaces that follow a design approach taken from Japanese science fiction.

  • SixDucks SixDucks on Jan 09, 2014

    The styling is just a mess. Doubt it will age well.

  • Lou_BC Full sized sort of autonomous RC's. Cute.
  • Art_Vandelay Autonomous capabilities are being deployed (or planned anyway) in multiple combat vehicles. Should be fun from my perspective
  • Drew8MR Interior is trivial now you can get repro everything in various levels of quality. Getting the top sorted will be a couple grand, but I'd drive it as it. I drove a $1500 67 GTO convertible for 20 years, not every old car needs to be like new.
  • John Not everyone pays that much for power. Mine is 10 cents per kw…..
  • TheEndlessEnigma I didn't need another reason to stay away from NYC, and yet I was handed another reason.