Lexus has released information and images of its all-new RC coupe ahead of its world premiere at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. RC will have two models in its range – RC 350 with a 3.5-litre V6 engine, and RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-litre engine.
The RC Line brings to life the luxury marque’s focus on emotional appeal through a dynamic and alluring two-door coupe. It has been developed to raise the brand’s profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers while injecting emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability.
Lexus designers have infused the RC design with deeply contoured lines never before seen in the Lexus line-up, and have integrated the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille.
Triangular headlamps evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC design while concept vehicle inspiration is evident in the unique three-lamp LED design. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity. The sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps carries the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.
RC’s aluminum wheels continue the concept-to-production design philosophy with two available combinations – a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version, each precision-machined and finished with elegant black and platinum centre caps.
The hero colour is red – featuring a brighter and more contrasting shade made possible by a new Lexus painting process that uses multiple layers of clear and deeper-coloured coating.
Highly acclaimed sports concept vehicles have greatly influenced the interior of the RC coupe, with maximum use of contrasting colours, materials and lighting.
A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin.
High contrast interior trim, including a startling new tone called Clove, emphasises design lines and accentuates the elegant cabin. Genuine shimamoku wood highlights – the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus – are used to highlight the surrounding trim.
The driver’s cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered centre console integrates a new Lexus-first Remote Touch Interface.
Importantly for a coupe, the seats utilise an integrated foaming construction method – much like the moulding of racing seats – to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support.
|RC 350||RC 300h|
|Seating capacity persons||4||4|
|Engine type||3.5-litre petrol||2.5-litre hybrid|
NOTE: All information is based on pre-production models. Specification and availability may be subject to change.
Lexus is to present its LF-NX luxury compact crossover concept at the Tokyo motor show in a new version equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The LF-NX was first revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
The new turbo model has a lower centre of gravity, a quality emphasised by a front spoiler that gives the car a sportier appearance.
The concept cuts a lean profile with its compact, sharp body lines and large tyres that broadcast its SUV qualities. In the cabin it maintains Lexus’s reputation for exploiting user-friendly advanced technologies with a Remote Touch Interface controller with a new touchpad function.
The LF-NX is 4,640mm long, 1,870mm wide and 1,620mm high, with a 2,700mm wheelbase.