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.
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.
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.
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.