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18th June, 2014

Lexus Australia has confirmed the introduction of the RC 350 coupe and the 'fire-breathing' RC F performance coupe for Australia.

Due for launch in late 2014 or early 2015, the RC and RC F have been purpose-built to deliver outstanding design paired with enjoyable driving dynamics.

The RC 350 will feature an all-alloy direct and port-injected 3.5-litre V6 developing 234kW of power and 380Nm of torque.

Matched to an eight-speed sequential transmission, the RC 350 will put power to the ground via the rear wheels.

The RC F will feature a new naturally aspirated five-litre V8 developing in excess of 330kW and 520Nm of torque - which can also switch between Atkinson and Otto cycles for greater fuel economy.

Power is managed by a specifically tuned eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission that improves linear response to accelerator-pedal operation, letting the driver better feel the torque and power as it is applied.

Uniquely, the RC F features a host of engineering and design elements to ensure it is worthy of the "F" monicker - now recognised as the pinnacle of Lexus performance.

Chassis, suspension, aerodynamic measures, wheel and tyre package along with a host of other engineering changes underpin RC F's race-bred development.

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The high rigidity body has larger cross-section rocker panels and a highly rigid front lower brace, as well as using specialised Lexus manufacturing techniques, including body adhesives, laser-screw welding and multi-spot welding.

Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said that the introduction of RC and RC F marks a significant milestone in the luxury marque's history.

"RC and RC F arrive at a time when Lexus is preparing to celebrate a quarter of a century in Australia," Mr Hanley said.

"These two new vehicles epitomise Lexus' renewed focus on driving dynamics and design - while signalling a bolder, stronger, more confident Lexus."

"We are certain that these two vehicles will appeal to Australian consumers, delivering that ideal mix of attractive looks and compelling performance," he said.

Preliminary Specifications RC 350 RC F
Power (kW) 234 Over 330
Torque (Nm) 380 Over 520
Seating capacity 4 4
Overall length (mm) 4,695 4,695
Width (mm) 1,840 1,840
Height (mm) 1,395 1,395
Wheelbase (mm) 2,730 2,730
Driven wheels Rear wheel drive Rear wheel drive

Stay tuned to Next Car for further details regarding specification and pricing in due course.



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