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Is This the Lexus RC F aka BMW M4 Fighter?



If so, then it proves Lexus has finally grown a pair.
Itís no secret that Lexus is currently hard at work developing a BMW M4 fighter. Weíve seen clear spy shots of such a car testing in prototype form at the Nurburgring and other European locales, but today it appears that a few images of the production car have leaked online. A Japanese car magazine has managed to snag some scanned images of the hot new coupe that will reportedly be called the RC F. Due to the camouflage on the test mule, we werenít able to see the carís finer styling details.




But if these images are the real deal Lexus has once again shown it knows how to style a car with sex appeal. That large spindle front grille is very much present along with those large air vents directly behind the front and rear wheels. The headlight cluster is once again a bit of a mess, but at least itís not boring. Supposedly set to be powered by a 5.0-liter V8, word has it that itíll be good for at least 450 horsepower, which would make it more powerful than the M4 thatíll have a confirmed 430 hp. No indication has been given just yet as to when we can expect an official launch, but we wouldnít be surprised to see it debut along the M3/M4 at Detroit in January.


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'Next Lexus F' teased ahead of Detroit debut
Next Lexus F teaser



We've got absolutely zero actual information from the automaker on what its "Next Lexus F" will be, other than what was just released today in this brief press release and lone teaser image, but our best guess is that it's the next-generation IS-F sedan. The timing would make sense, considering that the latest IS just hit the market earlier this year as a 2014 model.

Since we know so little, we'll just share some of the exuberant marketing speak contained in the press release for your reading pleasure:

Designed from the asphalt up, to strike at the heart, the newest Lexus F model will debut at the January 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Engineered from scratch, one performance layer at a time, the newest F model promises a bold, gritty, experience synonymous with the famed Lexus F heritage.



Pretty poetic, don't you think? Click on the image above to enlarge, and scroll down below to read the rest of the awfully brief press release in its entirety.

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Numerous signs from Lexus point to a debut at next month's Detroit show for the RC F, the BMW M4-battling high-performance variant of the recently-unveiled RC coupe.


Building off a teaser image released earlier this week, our illustration shows that the RC F will adopt amped-up cues like deep front air intakes, a more assertive rendition of Lexus' spindle grille, and stylized fender vents similar to those of the IS F.

Previous reports have suggested that Lexus is planning to take the RC F a notch or two above the competition by using knowledge gleaned from the company's LFA program. For example, the RC F's hood, roof and trunk lid will all reportedly be constructed from carbon fiber in order to keep weight at a minimum. And that hood scoop isn't for engine induction - it's actually part of an aero package that channels air to the RC F's underbody to improve high-speed downforce. The RC F will even feature the same type of automatic rear spoiler that was used on the LFA.

The RC F will sit about 15mm lower than its standard RC counterpart, thanks to a specially tuned suspension system. Braking duties will be handled by a Brembo system specifically designed for the RC F.

And those Brembo anchors will be necessary - according to Motor Trend, the RC F will be powered by a 455 horsepower, 401 lb-ft of torque version of Lexus' 5.0L V8. Previous reports indicated that stricter Euro 6 emissions regulations might be the death knell for the five-liter, but the V8 will employ Toyota's first-ever application of cylinder deactivation to slip under Europe's CO2 limits.

Power will be routed via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

All that performance won't come cheap, though. The RC F will reportedly carry a price tag just north of $100,000, or about $40,000 more than the last M3 Coupe
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something about those headlights look funny.

very BMWish cabin lines
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Lexus teases Detroit-bound F Performance Coupe... again



A few weeks ago, Lexus released a teaser image of its upcoming Detroit Auto Show reveal, simply calling it the "next Lexus F." Now, a new shot of the Detroit-bound car has been sent out, and while we still don't know what the new model will be called, we can tell you this: it's a coupe.

Originally, we assumed the new Lexus F model would be the successor to the IS F sedan. But now that we know it'll be a two-door, it stands to reason that this could be the performance oriented version of the 2015 RC coupe that made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show earlier this year. Of course, Lexus is still keeping quiet on any specifics, simply stating that the company "will unleash its upcoming F model as a coupe, conceived with grit, an entirely new expression of design and uncompromising performance."

The official name of the new F model is set to be revealed in early January, likely just before its official debut in Detroit. Stay tuned for more, and scroll down to read Lexus' very brief press blast.



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ILX-F?

ninja edit: not a coupe I guess. SC-F is a good guess...
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fwiw Jon Sibel (the guy that does A LOT of the renditions) on the net is pretty spot on with them. I have a feeling this should be close as well
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$100K? What? This is no more special than the IS-F sedan. $65K max.
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Lexus' Detroit reveal is RC F, will have 460-hp V8

Yesterday, we brought you the image above, sent out by Lexus, teasing its Detroit Auto Show reveal. At the time, all we knew about the car was that it's a coupe, and falls into the automaker's F performance line. But now, some more details have leaked.

Lexus RC F inviteAn anonymous tipster passed us a link to this website, which Lexus is using to invite folks to an event at the Detroit show where the new RC F coupe will be revealed. But that same tipster also sent us a scan of the mailed-out invitation, shown at right (click the image to enlarge), which clearly states that the RC F will be powered by a 460-horsepower V8. The invite also says Lexus will show its 2015 RC 350 coupe in Detroit, following its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November.

We cannot totally verify the authenticity of the scanned invitation, but with a corresponding website live on the web, it all looks pretty legit to us. Stay tuned for more details closer to the RC F's debut in January.

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Purported Lexus RC F image

Debuts in Detroit

A purported picture of the 2015 Lexus RC F has surfaced online, ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Details are limited but the picture shows the model will have an aggressive front bumper, a ram air hood and extended front fenders. We can also see aerodynamic side skirts, a revised grille and unique alloy wheels.
While we cannot confirm the authenticity of the image, it closes matches up with previous teaser images of the production model.
Regardless, the RC F is expected use a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 460 bhp (343 kW). This could enable the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of roughly 300 km/h (186 mph).
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2015 Lexus RC-F: This Is It



Our pals at Road & Track just dropped the first photos and initial details of Lexus' new M-fighting coupe, and unlike Lexi of the past, it comes with some visuals that won't put you to sleep. It's a very butched-up version of the new 2015 Lexus RC, complete with boxed out fender flares, stacked quad exhaust pipes, and a much more aggressive front end.





So it's got some show. But can it go? R&T says yes, thanks to a 5.0-liter V8 that's likely a reworked version of the motor in the old Lexus IS-F now retuned to sport about 500 horsepower, although we've also heard 460 horsepower is the real number. Exact specs haven't been released yet. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via the very good 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission.
Expect to see much more of the RC-F at the Detroit Auto Show next week.
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So what' they have accomplished is building a proper performance car other than the LFA, and then make it look like complete ass.

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That thing looks pretty killer!
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Lexus RC F is a predatory sport coupe with a 450-horsepower beating heart






Take a look at that face. We can't be the only ones who see an automotive Predator staring back, right? Certainly, the Lexus RC F Coupe boasts a visually striking design that some are going to love and others are going to hate, but we can at least appreciate that it's aggressive, especially compared to the standard RC Coupe that we saw at the Tokyo Motor Show. And with good reason Ė there's a 5.0-liter V8 engine sitting under that massively domed hood with "more than 450 horsepower," along with a newly calibrated eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Interestingly, Lexus has tuned the RC F's engine to run on an Atkinson cycle under most circumstances, while it switches to the more typical Otto cycle when more power is required, presumably using some sort of advanced variable valve timing technology. Helping put that power to the ground with all those ponies wreaking havoc underhood is a torque vectoring differential, a first from Lexus.

Also involved in keeping the RC F planted is an aero package that includes wings and ducts galore. The headline bit is an active rear wing that deploys at 50 miles per hour and retracts back into the deck when the car drops back to 25 mph. A clear-coated carbon fiber roof can optionally join that carbon rear wing. There are apparently going to be three 19-inch wheel options, including the ones you see in our live image gallery above.

Inside the cockpit, the design is much less aggressive, which is fine, since this machine is going into production. In fact, it looks a heck of a lot like what you'll see inside the Lexus IS at your local dealer. Exceptions are few, and the most prominent difference is the reconfiguration of the brand's Remote Touch, with the little mouse pointer thingy being replaced by what appears to be a touchpad.

Take a look at our high-res gallery of live images above, then scroll down to read the official press release below.
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Lexus RC F resurfaces with Carbon Package








Take one look at the new Lexus RC F and it'll be fairly obvious that Toyota's luxury division went to considerable lengths to make the new muscle coupe look the part. Still, there will always be those looking for that extra measure of visual aggression. And for them, Lexus is reportedly offering this carbon-fiber package.

The kit apparently includes a new hood (complete with central air vent), roof and active rear spoiler, all made of carbon fiber. The parts in question are particularly evident when installed on the white example of the RC F pictured here, giving it an even racier look than the stock model.

We've yet to receive official details from Lexus on the availability of the Carbon Package, so we don't know how much it will cost - or for that matter, if the components have been recrafted from actual carbon fiber or whether the woven bits simply overlay the existing panels as is often the case with aftermarket parts. But while we wait for official word, you can check out the images that have been circulating the internet in the gallery above.
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Lexus RC 350 F Sport ready to take on Europe's coupes








Rumbling into the slot between the Lexus RC 350 Sport Coupe and the RC F is this, the RC 350 F Sport. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the intergalactic malevolence of that spindle grille is given further aggression with a mesh treatment and 19-inch F Sport mesh wheels in dark metallic. Traditionally, F Sport models have also brandished unique fascias, but the standard RC is so visually aggressive to begin with, it still ought to throw quite a scare into rivals like the BMW 4 Series M Sport.

Bigger identifiers come in the cabin and under the skin, foremost being the redrum-reminiscent Rioja Red leather treatment and Silver Performance trim, perforated leather wrapped 'round the steering wheel and a moving center ring in the dash cluster inspired by the LFA. When the coupe is put into Sport+ mode, the included adaptive damping will kick in, and buyers can optionally order the four-wheel steering system when the car goes on sale in the US this fall.

There's a press release with info and specs below, a high-res gallery above and a bright lights, big city introduction on March 4 in Geneva.
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