Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show
The new Lexus RC Coupe was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, this new RC Coupe will raise the Lexus profile appealing to a broader audience and highlighting the Lexus DNA which has become well known for build quality, refinement and reliability. The RC is part of a ride and handling revolution at Lexus which started with the GS and continued with the new IS. It is a stand-alone model rather than a two door derivative of a sedan; it is based on the GS platform but differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS lines. Lexus designers has infused the RC design with deep contour lines and integrated the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille to achieve an almost aggressive style. Triangular headlamps give a sporty character and the rear combination lamps adopt the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.
Lexus International executive Vice President Mark Templin said “our focus is to strengthen the brand’s emotional appeal through our products and RC is another demonstration of this focus. The emotional attachment of a coupe is found in its purity of design an engaging driving experience and the RC the engineers have achieved the balance.
The new Lexus RC is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine teamed with an eight speed sequential transmission or there is the option of the 2.5L Hybrid system. The Lexus RC has a strong and purpose built chassis that achieves a world class driving experience. Extra thick under body rocker panels increase the rigidity of the RC and new manufacturing techniques have strengthened the chassis.
The interior boasts a lighting package that provides a great sense of occasion with illumination that reflects upwards rather than downwards. There is maximum use of contrasting colour and materials and a high contrast interior trim including a new tone called Clove. Genuine shimamoku wood is the result of an intense layered wood production refined by Lexus which emphasises the surrounding trim. Most importantly for the coupe the seats utilise an integrated foaming construction method much like the molding of racing seats which ensures optimum comfort and support.
The Lexus RC is the first Lexus to adopt the upgraded Blind Spot Monitor system which detects vehicles approaching from behind. It also boasts the Lexus Remote Touch Interface for audio and navigation systems which is particularly important in a coupe in which tactile reaction is a desirable part of the driving experience.