BREAKING NEWS: Lexus RC & LF-NX Turbo Revealed


As we're gearing up to cover the SEMA Show this week in Las Vegas, Lexus shocks us with two new vehicles late last night. Forget the teasers as Lexus revealed this sultry new RC coupé globally on their international site. A first for Lexus, a turbocharged LF-NX will also be revealed alongside the RC at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20, 2013.

Lexus RC 350 & RC 300h

The RC Coupé is a welcome addition to the Lexus line up as a true two door hard top coupé has been absent over 13 years ago since the first SC. The RC will be offered with two different powertrains, a 3.5L V6 (RC 350) and a 2.5L 4cyl hybrid (RC 300h) which are shared directly from the IS and GS. The spindle grille makes a presence with a new partial waterfall grille design. Newly shaped LED headlamps feature L-shaped patterns, a departure from the old projector units. Two different wheel options will be had in both 18" and 19" sizing. 

On the inside, the instrument panel is shared with the current Lexus IS, but features a new paddle shift equipped steering wheel with new buttons. A new contrasty "Clove" colored interior leaves behind the plain one-colored Lexus interiors of years past. New Lexus interior accent lighting which surrounds the interior will point upward rather than downward as we've seen in the GS and latest LS. A new Remote Touch interface will be featured for the first time with a touchpad further simplifying operation of functions in the 7" NAV screen. To further enhance the upscale feel of the RC, shimomoku wood featured from the flagship LS will be utilized.

We're excited about this sleek new Lexus coupé as it is something that has been missing in the Lexus line up for too long. So is this an IS coupe or a GS coupe? Most likely neither as this is possibly going head to head with the new BMW 4 series and the Audi A5 variants. The 2nd Generation SC and the IS Convertible are indeed coupés but are not exactly what us enthusiasts want. We expect an F SPORT model of the RC to follow suit as well as the rumored powerhouse F version called the RC F. It's going to be an exciting future for Lexus!

RC 350

RC 300h
Length / in.184.8184.8
Height/ in.54.954.9
Width / in.72.472.4
Wheelbase/ in.107.5107.5
Seating capacity        persons44
Engine type3.5L Gasoline2.5L HV
Lexus LF-NX Turbo

Revealed not too long ago at Frankfurt, the bold and aggressive LF-NX crossover concept has drawn a lot of attention as the need for a baby RX is long overdue. With the recent news of the RC comes another surprise from Lexus. A 2.0L turbocharged gas engine will be featured in Tokyo for the LF-NX concept. 

As the rest of the industry is evolving with higher horsepower, higher efficiency engines, Lexus is finally jumping on board with forced induction. Lexus' parent company is no stranger to turbocharging motors as they're responsible for many legendary turbocharged powerplants like the 3S-GTE 2.0L Turbo found in the MR2, the 2JZ-GTE from the Supra and of course the 22R-TE found in Toyota trucks from the 80s. Like the RC, the LF-NX will feature a new Remote Touch controller with a touchpad. 

LX-NX Turbo Stats:

Length / in.182.7
Height/ in.63.8
Width / in.73.6
Wheelbase/ in.106.3

You can watch the live reveal of the new Lexus RC and LF-NX Turbo online, November 20, 2013 8:45A JST. More details on the Lexus International website.

Source: [Lexus]

Ken Gibson (Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:18:20 -0800): Awesome ! I love them both.
Avidity Ultd (Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:41:56 -0800): awesome! FR-s Meets v6. If they price it like the current GS it will fail :(
Huan Trang (Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:12:40 -0800): The LF-NX is hideous! The thing will never make it into production looking like this.
Thomas Van Hoesen (Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:32:24 -0800): Fix the front end , calm the edges and bring me a 200hp + hybrid. Turbo is ok , but not JUST a turbo.
Frederic Ramy (Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:59:46 -0800): magnifique
Jack Rice (Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:55:54 -0800): What is long overdue and apparently something Lexus is tone-deaf about, is a V-8 sport sedan. Mercedes offers a cool V-8 bi-turbo option across the board (except the GLK). Lexus has only an anemic V-8 for the GX , LX and LS. Stop the bogus "F" badging. It's fooling no one. Lexus quality and true performance...Lexus has yet to drop the other shoe. And yes, that grill is ridiculous. Whoever came up with it should be fired!
William Michael Fenton (Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:43:42 -0800): can i get a manual tranny? otherwise no way...
Ernest Benedek (Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:32:09 -0800): LEXUS please make cars which going to be not only equal to german competition but much better very way we know quality vice long ago you guys are the best in industry but we need true performance cars !! I owen two lexuses i love them they are best quality !!!!!
Bojan Gagic (Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:39:14 -0800): Now the main question is whether or not it will be manual transmission, if it is definitely a buy for me, after IS300 and now on IS250 there is nothing better then Lexus but i want a manual, they screwed up with the new IS 250/350 by not making it manual :(
Lex Harley (Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:25:09 -0800): Love it or hate it when you see the car coming towards you, you know its a Lexus. Personaly, I love the look.
Vahe Toganian (Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:53:42 -0800): I think that grill is beautiful. But then again for each its own. I hope they dont change it :)
Benny Tse (Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:44:06 -0800): I think the Spindle grill looks amazing. It stands out from it's German Competitors and Can't wait to see the more production ready LF-NX Concept II Keep up the good work Lexus!!
Vahe Toganian (Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:26:32 -0800): i love the design. My F-sport Is 350 looks just like the ISF and i love it.
Don Eilenberger (Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:19:49 -0800): I keep hoping Lexus will come out with something that will get me out of my Porsche (and it's cost of repair..) but so far - well - the grille is ugly. Trying to look not-German isn't really working. Adding every bell and whistle known to man makes for a great spec sheet, but adds nothing to the actual driving experience. The exterior styling looks like origami, not something I look for on a car/SUV. The interior looks like a mix of oddly placed multitudes of buttons, cheap flat black plastic, and fussy stitching on the seats. It's more important to make a comfortable seat then it is to make one that looks radical. So far Lexus hasn't found the magic that makes most Euro seats comfortable and supportive. Sorry Lexus - as good as your products are for reliability and cleverness, they seem to miss on the driving experience, and that's what I'm looking for. Guess I gotta keep paying through the nose for the Porsche/BMW maintenance/repairs. Overall - meh. Lexus better watch it - KIA is quickly catching on to how to design a car to look a bit different, cost a lot less, and still look good and be reliable. Their new high-end models pay a very nice compliment to BMW and Mercedes styling cues. Just curious - where is the Lexus design studio? The quite designs from KIA/Hundai, and other (non-Lexus/Toyota) Japanese makers have been from their US - California based design studios. In my view - the designs are much better geared to the US eye.
Don Eilenberger (Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:26:10 -0800): BTW - nowhere have I seen mention of what the drivetrain is.. Front Wheel Drive? All Wheel Drive? A drivers car is usually rear-wheel-drive, or all-wheel (fulltime) drive with a bias for the rear wheels. (Porsche is normally 30F/70R - unless the system is placed in off-road mode.)