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Lexus RC Coupe to debut in Tokyo

New production coupe reflects styling of the LF-LC concept car

Published: November 5, 2013, 2:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:58 PM

An all-new Lexus model called the Lexus RC coupe is scheduled to make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on Nov. 20, 2013. Think of it as a coupe version of the IS model, set to compete with the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series.

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The RC Coupe reflects many of the styling of the LF-LC concept car introduced at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in 2012 and the LF-CC concept that debuted at Paris later that year. That  rear-wheel-drive hybrid concept was designed at Toyota's CALTY Design Studio in Newport Beach, California, with the intent of advancing the redefinition of Lexus.

Two versions of the RC production model will be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show – an RC 350 with a 3.5-litre V-6 engine and an RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-litre engine.

The RC line is has been developed to raise the brand’s profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers the company says.

Its deeply contoured exterior styling incorporates the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus optical-illusion spindle grille.

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Triangular headlamps from the LF-LC concept adopt an L-shaped pattern on low beam as an expression of the Lexus identity and the sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif as well.

Two wheel combinations will be available – a sculpted 10-spoke, 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version, each finished with black and platinum center caps.

A new Lexus painting process that uses multiple layers of clear and deeper-colored coating brings highlights the racy red exterior on the show car.

Inside, there is maximum use of contrasting colours, materials and lighting. A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the interior.

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High contrast interior trim, includes a new tone called Clove and genuine shimamoku wood highlights – the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus.

The driver’s cockpit is divided into operational and display zones with the upper zone housing the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered centre console integrates a new Lexus first Remote Touch Interface.

Important for a coupe, the seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method – much like the moulding of racing seats – to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support.