Order books for the new Lexus RC F are open now, with prices starting at £59,995.

A light-weight RC F Carbon edition, which uses carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for some body panels will also be available for £67,995.

Both versions of the RC F are powered by a 5.0-litre 32-valve V8 engine that develops 450bhp and 520Nm of torque.  Mated to an eight-speed transmission, the RC F is described by Lexus as its most powerful production V8 coupe ever.

Standard specification on all RC Fs includes full LED headlights with automatic high-beam function, 10-speaker audio system with DAB digital radio, the company’s new Remote Touch touch-pad controller, Premium Navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, keyless entry, electrically adjustable heated and ventilated seats, electric steering column adjustment and high-grade leather upholstery.

Options include metallic paint, a torque-vectoring differential, sunroof, adaptive cruise control and the fabulous Mark Levinson surround sound system.

The RC F Carbon model features the torque-vectoring differential as standard, plus a CFRP roof, bonnet and rear spoiler, special 19-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara upholstery, and the Mark Levinson sound system.

Both make use of Brembo brakes, Sachs monotube shock absorbers, an active rear wing, and Lexus’s VDIM system.

Order books are open now, with first deliveries expected in January 2015.  Prices start at £59,995 for the RC F, with the RC F Carbon priced at £67,995.