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    Global Premiere of RC F Coupe at North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14
    Aggressive Design Cues Demonstrate Performance Potential
    Aerodynamic Wings and Scoops Illustrate Uncompromising Grit

    TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2014) – Giving new meaning to “back to the grind,” the daily commute is now transformed into a day at the track with the all-new Lexus RC F. The RC F coupe is styled to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.

    Based on the spectacular all-new RC coupe that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last November, the RC F has wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and available carbon fiber components, each delivering uncompromising grit to the driving experience.

    Design Exterior
    The signature Lexus spindle grille, featuring a subtle F-pattern on the lower half, dominates the front of the RC F from the bottom of the hood to the lower lip. The hood is higher than that of the RC to accommodate the larger V8 engine and create the powerful flared profile suited to an F model. Ducts beneath the front bumper, fenders, and strategically-placed aerodynamic stabilizing fins create a stance which further identifies the F model.

    Air outlets at the rear of the front fender form the shape of an L when they merge with side sill extensions, while stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear add further aggression. Taking design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, the RC F features an available speed-sensitive active rear spoiler. It enhances the coupe’s lines at standstill and deploys from the RC F’s deck at approximately 50 mph and retracts when the speed is less than 25 mph. The wing helps the RC F maintain traction and stability at higher speeds.

    Three variations of 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheels are available, including two machine polished designs and one design hand polished by a craftsmen.

    Design Interior
    The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a central meter which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, color of the display and size of text can be changed.

    Occupant comfort is all important. RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts. All-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests offer the driver and passenger an exceptional performance fit. The seats are available in a selection of five leather trims, each with contrasting stitching.

    Outstanding new L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals combine form and function to provide better foot grip.

    The all-new RC F will be revealed at a press conference at the 2014 North American International Motor Show in W-152, formerly known as the Riverview Ballroom, at Cobo Center Jan. 14 at 8:45 am EST. The Lexus press conference will also be streamed live online at Lexus International, New Luxury Lexus Cars: Amazing In Motion. Follow the hashtag #AsphaltUp for more developments.


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    Modern day Supra?

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    Rwd? Transmission? Weight?
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    "Uncompromising grit . . . " What the hell does that even mean?
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    You have all the information that was included in the news release, which does not include weight. RWD for sure, but I wouldn't bank on a manual transmission.

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    Looks like a V-8 version of the Toyburu...

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    That grille. is. hideous.
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    That's the design benchmark these days. It seems every brand has to have an identifiable grill. Audi accelerated the trend back in '05 with the soft inverted trapezoid.

    Alfa -- central inverted bulging triangle
    Mazda -- five point chevron
    Chevrolet -- split top to bottom with a bar in the middle
    GMC -- wide open with GMC at dead center
    Acura -- blade at top
    Ford -- it was three horizontal bars. Now it's the Aston Martin-looking grill
    Cadillac -- open egg crate or a derivation of it for a long time
    Lexus -- hourglass
    Buick -- waterfall, for a loooooooong time
    BMW -- twin kidneys
    Bugatti -- inverted horsehoe
    Chrysler -- open egg crate
    Daimler -- I can't describe it, but you always know one when you see it
    Dodge -- cross hairs
    Jeep -- seven vertical slots
    Lincoln -- still looking for a look
    Maserati -- open, concave vertical black slats with the trident at dead center
    Mini -- gaping mouth
    Subaru -- used to be a vertical slot at center. now it's … I don't know
    Toyota -- still looking for a look
    VW -- horizontal slats
    Volvo -- vertical slats, diagonal bar

    So, the Lexus' look might be considered ugly by some standards, but you will not mistake it for anything else.

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    Lexus front end look = angry transformer

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    Yah man. I'm an industrial designer. I don't understand how that translates to their design language.
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    I like the concept, though am certain ridiculous pricing will kill it for me. These will be watched like vultures by the Toyburu crowd to appear in salvage yards.
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    I can't get a feel for its scale from looking at it. Do you think it's an FRS chassis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I can't get a feel for its scale from looking at it. Do you think it's an FRS chassis?
    It's hard to tell but I'd guess it's at least the size of the IS cars. The center console between the seats looks too wide for an FRS sized car unless the seats are very narrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    Rwd? Transmission? Weight?
    My guess is yes, 8 speed auto / paddles and 3800-3900.
    Probably based on IS chassis so bigger than FRS, price tag will hover between $70-75K.

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    Nice Toyota. Hard to bump-draft with that bigass grille.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I can't get a feel for its scale from looking at it. Do you think it's an FRS chassis?
    No. Toyota puts cheap suspension in its Toyota and scion brands. Almost all are Macstruts. Lexus build quality and chassis are much better than the cheaper Toyota cars.

    Almost all the Lexus cars are double wishbone and have been for awhile. Also Lexus sports cars are much larger than the scions. That coupe is probably based on the IS350 coupe and convertible chassis. That hood looks like the current IS-F hood hinting that it probably hides the V8 IS-F drivetrain.

    I expect this car to be 440hp, 8-speed auto, ~3500lbs.
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    Sorry...Is it just me? The first thing I thought was FRS hit with an ugly stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silversprint View Post
    No. Toyota puts cheap suspension in its Toyota and scion brands. Almost all are Macstruts. Lexus build quality and chassis are much better than the cheaper Toyota cars.

    Almost all the Lexus cars are double wishbone and have been for awhile. Also Lexus sports cars are much larger than the scions. That coupe is probably based on the IS350 coupe and convertible chassis. That hood looks like the current IS-F hood hinting that it probably hides the V8 IS-F drivetrain.

    I expect this car to be 440hp, 8-speed auto, ~3500lbs.
    Not sure about everyone, but many american companies' suspension cost is dominated by the total number of bushings, hence macpherson strut.
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    I've gotta agree with the industrial designer. Ugly, ugly grille.

    The rest is pretty generic.

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