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    2015 Lexus RC F Coupe: Full Details, Live Photos And Video From Debut (VIDEO)

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    The 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe is officially here, and it’s a looker, to be sure. But does it have the chops to back up its sporty appearance? With Lexus’ most powerful V-8 engine under the hood, the answer is a resounding yes.

    But we’ll get to the performance specs a little later, because the RC F is probably the best looking Lexus vehicles we’ve seen since the LFA. With perhaps the most aggressive implementation of Lexus’ new spindle grille yet, the RC F’s nose announces its presence from miles away. Sharp, angular lights and vents cast in curving, complex surfaces that wrap around to the flowing, aerodynamically sculpted fenders and sides.

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    A carbon fiber package is also available and offers a clear coated carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler drawn from the LFA production experience.

    This active rear spoiler is incorporated into the trunk lid to provide down force at speeds of more than 50 mph.

    In the handling department, the rear-wheel-drive RC F has front and rear coil-spring independent suspension, with monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars. Unsprung weight is reduced by the adoption of 19-inch forged aluminum wheels available in three different styles. The RC F also uses a torque vectoring system, a first for a Lexus, and the brakes are from Brembo.

    Powering the car is a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, tuned to deliver in excess of 450 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This is an evolved version of the engine in the outgoing IS F and uses the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for enhanced fuel economy and then switches to the Otto cycle at higher revs for greater performance. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

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    Top speed has been electronically limited to 168 mph and the 0-60 mph time should be better than that of the outgoing IS F, which needed about 4.6 seconds to accomplish the feat.

    Inside, the new RC F Coupe is rather standard Lexus, though perked up a bit.

    Looking quite a lot like the IS sedan’s dash and console, the RC F’s main cabin interfaces are straightforward, clean, and modern, if rather stark. At the least, it should prove familiar and easy to use–two things we’re never opposed to in a car built for speed.

    New for Lexus is an elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel. This is joined by seats with a high back and constructed using an integrated foaming technique that creates a highly supportive and taut fitting seat with trim material that stays fixed. A digital gauge cluster alters according to whatever driving mode is selected and shows a speedometer, differential torque vectoring monitor, G-Force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, mileage information and a stopwatch.

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    via: Motor Authority

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    2015 Lexus RC F Coupe Revealed Before Detroit Auto Show (PHOTOS)

    The 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe is officially here, and it’s a looker, to be sure. But does it have the chops to back up its sporty appearance?

    Perhaps the best implementation of Lexus’ avant garde “spindle grille” yet, the RC F’s nose announces its presence from miles away. Sharp, angular lights and vents cast in curving, complex surfaces wrap around to the flowing, aerodynamically sculpted fenders and sides. The wide, flared rear fenders catch the falling arch of the roofline as they both meet at the rear bumper, itself faceted and featured to mirror the nose.

    Inside, the new RC F Coupe is rather standard Lexus, though perked up a bit. Looking quite a lot like the IS sedan’s dash and console, the RC F’s main cabin interfaces are straightforward, clean, and modern, if rather stark. At the least, it should prove familiar and easy to use–two things we’re never opposed to in a car built for speed.

    As to whether the RC F’s performance chops will match is design aesthetic, it’s not yet clear; Lexus hasn’t graced us with the full details just yet. Full power, performance, and equipment details will have to wait for the car’s official public unveiling at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show on January 14.

    2015 Lexus RC F

    Lexus has revealed that an optional active rear spoiler will be offered, deploying at speeds above 50 mph, then retracting when speeds fall below 25 mph. Lexus says the spoiler improves high-speed stability. The only other performance-related detail: three sets of 19-inch wheels will be offered, all forged aluminum.

    We do, however, have some expectations for the RC F’s capabilities.

    As the successor, in spirit at least, to the IS F sedan, the new RC F Coupe will take its place as Lexus’ highest-performance car attainable by ordinary mortals. Reports have hinted at output around the 455 horsepower mark, carbon fiber body work, and a suspension tuned to take the fight to the best the Germans have to offer in the midsize sport coupe class. Under the hood, a 5.0-liter V-8, updated from the IS F but sharing its key metrics, is expected. Rear-wheel drive, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and some performance tricks learned with the LFA are also tipped as standard gear.

    We’ll know more about the RC F Coupe when it hits the stage in Detroit in a few days’ time, but for now, you can ogle the photos of the curvaceously angular, be-gilled, and rather sexy little coupe. When you’re done, there are also spy photos and spy video of the car undergoing development to ponder.

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