The eagerly-anticipated 2015 Lexus RC F is making its global debut in Detroit, and this higher-performance iteration of the Lexus RC Coupe revealed last November in Tokyo takes the exhilaration index up a major notch with an even bolder appearance, more tautly tuned suspension and a potent V8 engine under its prominently bulged hood. While several key details won't be disclosed until the official press conference on Monday, the latest download from Lexus gives a pretty good idea of what to expect.
As with previous "F-spec" models, the bodywork on the new Lexus RC F imparts a new edge to its appearance while enhancing the car's aero profile. It also includes a number of carbon fiber components to help trim weight. For openers, both fascia treatments have been revised to convey more menacing character manifested in detail elements like a prominent recasting of the signature Spindle grille form, large outboard air intakes and supplemental stabilizing fins up front that are countered with a revamped diffuser, canted-quad stacked exhaust outlets and an LFA-style auto-deploying rear spoiler that rises when vehicle speed exceeds 50 mph and retracts when it drops below 25 mph. The side view of the RC F further contributes to its bad boy flair with the unique hood design complemented by functional vents aft of the front wheelwells and more deeply contoured side sills all set off by a choice of three different 19-inch forged alloy wheels.
The cabin of the new Lexus RC F gets an equally focused remake that overlays the basic RC design with a host of bespoke RC F details. It starts with a new elliptical-rim steering wheel - the first on any Lexus model - wrapped in leather and fitted with finger-friendly shifter paddles. The wheel overlooks a custom programmable main instrument cluster that offers four driver-selectable modes, each with its own color scheme and data display. New high-back sport buckets can be had in any of five different leather trims and feature an embossed "F" on each headrest while unique metal sport pedals feature L-shaped rubber elements.
Powertrain and suspension specifics have yet to be confirmed, but the 2015 Lexus RC F is said to pack a 5.0-liter V8 that's good for 480 horsepower and will feature a comprehensively retuned chassis with upgraded brakes to help it take full advantage of the extra muscle at its disposal. More news when it breaks.
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