For the brand's 25th anniversary, it's rewarding itself with quite the present.
Although we've already seen official photos, Lexus has now fully unveiled its all-new RC F at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It may also be the likewise new BMW M4's worst nightmare. The RC F is motivated by the most powerful V8 Lexus has ever put under the hood of a production car, a new 5.0-liter unit that produces more than 450 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via a newly calibrated eight-speed transmission with paddle shifters.
Top speed is an electronically limited 168 mph. The hot coupe utilizes a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) that has three operating modes: "Standard" for balance and nimble performance; "Slalom" for emphasis on nimble steering response; and "Track" to ensure the car stays on the intended cornering line as the driver applies more throttle. The body design helps make the car particularly rigid thanks to the use of body adhesives, laser-screw welding and multi-spot welding. Riding on a set of 19" forged aluminum alloys, the overall styling will be polarizing but it's definitely a standout.
Like the LFA, the RC F employs the use of an active rear wing that provides additional downforce at speeds above 50 mph. There's also an optional carbon fiber package featuring a clear coated carbon fiber roof, rear wing, and hood. Even the interior and dash layout is very much inspired by the LFA, but it's still very straightforward and driver oriented. Official pricing and an on-sale date have yet to be announced.