IS F Coupe NAY. 460 HP V8 RC F YAY!
With all the buzz surrounding the mystery Lexus performance coupe spotted recently, Mark Rechtin of Automotive News has reported some important tidbits on an up coming Lexus coupe and scheduled releases. The source seems pretty credible as it comes from an anonymous internal source at Lexus.
The LF-CC is the basis for the new RC Coupe which is built on a combination of the new GS & IS platform. An RC 350 coupe, possibly powered by the familiar 2GR-FSE 3.5L V6 with 306 HP will be unveiled later this year at the Tokyo Motor Show. An RC Hybrid, a production version of the LF-CC concept is scheduled to be released but only for the European and Japanese market only.
Forget the wild rumors of a turbocharged V6, a performance 460 HP V8 powered RC F will make its global debut in Detroit early next year. There is no confirmation of the exact engine designations so it’s still a mystery if these RC engine choices are all-new or revised carryover powerplants. We think the latter. RC is scheduled to arrive at Lexus dealerships in the latter part of 2014.
Lexus RC Facts & Speculation:
- IS & GS Based Coupe
- 3 Models/Engine Choices – 1 Hybrid, 2 Petrol
- 2.5L? I4 220 HP? – 2AR-FXE?
- 3.5L V6 306 HP – 2GR-FSE?
- 5.0L? V8 460 HP – 2UR-GSE?
Lexus RC Debut Timeline:
2013 Tokyo Motor Show:
- RC 350 – Global
- RC (300h?) Hybrid – Europe & Japan Only
2014 NAIAS Detroit:
- RC F – 2014 NAIAS Detroit (Global)
Source: [Automotive News]