The Lexus RC coupe has made its long-awaited official debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Set to launch next year, the RC coupe will initially launch with two flavors: a 3.5-liter V6-equipped version and a hybrid version featuring a 2.5-liter powerplant. The 3.5-liter V6 engine will provide 314 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque to the stylish sports car while the hybrid will have a total system output of 217 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated RC 350 will come with an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift with paddle shift transmission, adapted from the IS F performance sedan.
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The RC coupe is actually based on the GS platform, though some will be quick to call it an IS coupe. In fact, the coupe differs in all dimensions compared to the GS and IS sedan models. Compared to the IS sedan, the RC coupe is 1.2-inches wider, 1.4-inches lower and 2.8-inches shorter in wheelbase. Inside, the cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses an instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while the center console sports the Lexus-first Remote Touch Interface.
According to the Japanese automaker, the RC coupe will be offered in both rear- and all-wheel drive but availability will depend on the market.
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“Our focus is to strengthen the brand’s emotional appeal through our products and RC is another demonstration of this focus,” said Mark Templin, Lexus International executive vice president. “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.”
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