Lexus RC 350 F Sport announced
Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, have officially announced their new RC 350 F Sport model ahead of it's Geneva Motor Show debut on March 4th next month. This follows the unveiling of the Lexus RC in November at the Tokyo Motor Show and the unveiling of the RC 350 and RC 300h Hybrid versions last month.
The Lexus RC F Sport specs
Under the bonnet is a choice of two engines depending on whether you choose the RC 350 or the RC 200h. The 350 is powered by a 314 brake horse power 3.5 litre V6 while the hybrid 200h comes with a 217 brake horse power 2.5 litre four-cylinder and electric motor pairing.The engine will be mated to an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission with a steering wheel mounted paddle shifter. Otherwise, mechanically the F Sport variant will remain unchanged.
The Lexus RC F Sport styling and prices
The new model is claimed to offer customers aggressive looks like those on the Lexus RC F coupe but for a lower price and with a slightly more frugal engine. Only the RC 350 model will be offered with the F Sport package. The "F" designation signals a high-performance model for the upscale Toyota brand.
In addition to new exterior body styling, the new model has received what Lexus calls, “enhanced driving dynamics” which the brand hopes will bridge the gap between their standard models and their high performing F variants. This involves new adaptive suspension, variable ratio steering and a new trim package.
Many of the RC F350 F Sport's expected styling cues such as unique badging, bigger wheels, flared fenders and black-mesh spindle grille are nods to the high-octane RC F. With these unique qualities combined, we believe that this addition to the Lexus range could prove to be a great contending rival for other brand such as, BMW and Mercedes.
Comments on the new Lexus RC F Sport model-year
The company commented, “The RC 350 F Sport will feature enhanced driving dynamics in addition to exclusive exterior and interior design features.” Saying that the new model is a “sportier and more aggressive new RC 350 coupe.” Lexus have hinted towards a new 5.0 litre V8 RC F which is claimed to produce 450 brake horse power. At the Geneva Motor Show, the company plan to also showcase the RC F GT3 concept as a signal of Lexus' intentions to engineer a car for teams racing in GT3 competitions.
No starting price or on-sale date has been officially announced at the moment but it is expected to be in dealerships around Autumn. More details on the 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport model will be revealed closer to it's official debut in Geneva.