Lexus releases additional photographs of its production-ready RC Coupe which was unveiled this week at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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.
Although built on the GS platform, the RC is not simply a two-door derivative of a saloon. In terms of size, it occupies a unique position in the Lexus range, measuring 30mm wider, 35mm lower and 70mm shorter in the wheelbase than the IS sedan, giving it a classic coupe stance. The Lexus RC is 4,695mm long, 1,395mm high, 1,840mm wide with a wheelbase of 2,730mm.
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.
When it goes to market internationally the RC 350 will be offered with a 234kW 3.5-litre V6 engine teamed with an eight-speed sequential transmission; the RC 300h hybrid will feature the 131kW 2.5-litre petrol unit (total system output is 220kW) mated to an ECVT transmission.
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.
The Lexus RC Coupe will debut in South Africa during the latter half of 2014. Models and specifications will be confirmed closer to the launch.