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Lexus RC 350 Coupe

A new coupe for Lexus

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24th December, 2013

Striking concept-to-reality Lexus coupe
Development focus on body rigidity ensures agile performance
New Lexus styling direction in a dedicated coupe with the most aggressive use yet of the 'signature' spindle grille
Lexus-first technology includes new intuitive Remote Touch Interface
New generation technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques utilised to develop the vehicle
Confirmed for Australian market


Lexus new production-ready RC coupe which was shown last month at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show will arrive on global markets in 2014.

The RC raises Lexus' profile with a broader audience, injecting emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA which has become well known for build quality, refinement and reliability.

RC is part of a ride and handling revolution at Lexus, which started with GS and continued with the new IS.

It is a standalone model, rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan.

Based on the GS platform, the coupe differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS Lines.

The aggressively styled coupe will be available with two powertrains: 3.5-litre V6 teamed with an eight-speed sequential transmission and 2.5-litre hybrid system.

Chief engineer Junichi Furuyama, also in charge of the IS Line, said RC was intended to engage with owners on an emotional level.

Lexus International executive vice president Mark Templin said growing the emotional appeal of Lexus will allow the brand to engage with a broader audience.

"Our focus is to strengthen the brand's emotional appeal through our products and RC is another demonstration of this," Mr Templin said.

"The emotional attachment of a coupe is found in its purity of design and its engaging driving experience, and with RC the engineers have achieved the balance."

DESIGN EXTERIOR

The new coupe has been infused with deeply contoured lines, integrating the widest and lowest application yet of the Lexus spindle grille.

It is unique in the Lexus range - 30mm wider, 35mm lower and 70mm shorter in wheelbase than the new IS sedan, providing a road stance that emphasises the attraction of a luxury two-door vehicle.

The unique headlamp design adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif front and rear.

There are two choices of aluminium wheels - a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch and a five-spoke 18-inch.

The signature colour is red - a brighter, more contrasting shade made possible by a new painting process.

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DESIGN INTERIOR

Highly acclaimed sports concept vehicles have greatly influenced the RC interior, making maximum use of contrasting colours, materials and lighting.

A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a great sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin.

High contrast interior colours emphasise design lines and accentuate the elegant cabin. Genuine shimamoku wood highlights - the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus - are used to emphasise the surrounding trim.

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

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

DRIVING DYNAMICS

The RC's strong and purpose-built chassis is the latest evolution of Lexus' objective to achieve a world-class driving experience, epitomised by the improved performance of both the GS and IS Lines.

Extra thick underbody rocker panels greatly increase the two-door's rigidity to support driving performance. New manufacturing techniques pioneered in the LS and IS models, including the use of body adhesives, have strengthened the chassis.

Aerodynamic aids, especially on the underbody, contribute to the handling package.

RC uses double wishbone front suspension and multi-link suspension at the rear.

LEXUS RC COUPE POWERTRAINS

Specific power output per litre of the RC is second only to the super-sports LFA in the Lexus range.

The dual injection 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine produces maximum power of 234kW at 6,400rpm, and peak torque of 380Nm at 4,800rpm.

An eight-speed Sports Direct Shift with paddle shift transmission adapted from the IS F optimises power delivery and economy. In M (manual) mode full torque converter lock-up from second to eighth gears allows for down changes in just 0.2 seconds.

The hybrid variant - the first Lexus hybrid coupe - uses a dual-injected 2.5-litre four cylinder engine with a 105kW electric motor driven through an electronic continuously variable transmission with six step gears in a sequential shift-matic feature.

Depending on market requirement, the RC coupe will drive either through its rear wheels or be available in all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration.

The sound generated by the engine has been tuned to ensure it delivers a stirring note under spirited driving conditions.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

Advanced technology includes upgraded Blind Spot Monitor and new Remote Touch Interface (RTI).

RC is the first Lexus to adopt the upgraded Blind Spot Monitor system which detects vehicles that are approaching from behind at a higher speed and from a greater distance than is covered by the current system.

The innovative touch-sensitive Lexus Remote Touch Interface for audio and navigation systems is particularly important in a coupe in which tactile reaction is a desirable part of the driving experience.

SPECIFICATIONS

RC 350

RC 300h

Length (mm)

4,695

4,695

Height (mm)

1,395

1,395

Width (mm)

1,840

1,840

Wheelbase (mm)

2,730

2,730

Seating

4

4

Driven wheels

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Engine type

2GR-FSE

2AR-FSE

Cylinders

V6

L4

Power (kW/rpm)

234/6,400

131/6,000

Torque (Nm/rpm)

380/4,800

221/4,200-/4,800

Total Output kW

-

162

Transmission

8AT

E-CVT

Suspension

Front: Double wishbone
Rear: Multilink

Front: Double wishbone
Rear: Multilink

Tyres

255/35R19 + 275/35R19

255/35R19 + 275/35R19

Note: Information based on pre-production models, availability of drivetrains for Australian market to be confirmed.


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