The Lexus RC coupe has been officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show today.
Although based on the GS platform, the RC is 30mm wider, 35mm lower, yet with a 70mm shorter wheelbase than even the IS saloon.
The Lexus RC was presented in two forms: an RC 350 and RC 300h.
The RC 350 is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 developing 314hp at 6,400rpm with peak torque of 380Nm at 4,800rpm. It’s mated to an eight-speed transmission taken from the IS F that can down-shift in two tenths of a second.
The hybrid RC 300h uses a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 141bhp electric motor, coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides six ‘gears’.
Front- and four-wheel drive versions will be offered depending on market. Traditionally, four-wheel drive versions don’t make it to the UK, however.
Lexus say the RC is the embodiment of their programme to deliver a world-class driving experience. The car’s rigidity has been increased through the use of extra-thick under-body panels, while the use of adhesives as well welding further increases chassis strength.
The suspension set-up, double wishbones at the front and a multi-link system at the rear, has been tuned to create an involving drive.
The interior features four sports seats made with foam moulding techniques, plus extensive use of ambient lighting and contrasting trim.
The controls themselves revolve around a high-mounted central display coupled with Lexus’ Remote Touch Interface controller.
Details of the UK line-up will be announced in 2014.