New turbocharged RXC, powered by twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 Ford EcoBoost engine, makes its public debut
Darren Moss
9 January 2014

A new turbocharged version of the Radical RXC has been revealed at the Autosport International show in Birmingham.

The new car uses a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 Ford EcoBoost engine, as opposed to the standard car's naturally aspirated 3.7-litre Ford V6. Power has increased from around 375bhp to 454bhp, while torque has increased from 320lb ft to 500lb ft.

The extra power and torque allows this latest version of the RXC to sprint from 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the current car. Its top speed has also increased from 175mph to 185mph.

Minor bodywork changes have also been employed, with new front air ducts providing air flow to the intercoolers and other minor tweaks improving aerodynamic efficiency.

Prices for the new RXC will be higher than the £94,500 asked for the current model, starting at £129,000.

First unveiled at London's Motorexpo show last summer, the Radical RXC is the firm's first fully enclosed racer. Radical officials have told Autocar the company plans to produce up to 50 cars per year, while company owner Phil Abbot says Radical will look to extend its partnership with Ford and its EcoBoost engines in the future.

Abbot said: "We found people were wanting a long-life engine, which meant we turned to Ford and its EcoBoost. Rather than further tune the standard engine and reduce its life, we chose a new long-life engine and upgraded the boost.

"We would like to extend the partnership [with Ford]. The EcoBoost technology is a great all-round package for us. In the back of my mind there's already a new EcoBoost model in our range."

Read more Autosport International news.

Our Verdict

Radical RXC

The Radical RXC offers one of the most extreme driving experiences available on public roads

Join the debate

Comments
4

TBC

9 January 2014
I always thought the 3.7 was a good starting point for the RXC, I also suspect this isn't the end; interesting days ahead for Radical........

TBC

9 January 2014
It might also be interesting to see one up against a GT3; David and Goliath anyone?

9 January 2014
TBC wrote:

It might also be interesting to see one up against a GT3; David and Goliath anyone?

With its sports-prototype inspired styling and aerodynamics, coupled with the extra power and low weight, I suspect the Radical would destroy a GT3, and indeed many other supercars and hypercars, especially around a track.

9 January 2014
Not that I'm in a position to spend 120k on a track day toy, but I hope the turbo engine doesn't spoil the instant response and the high revs that you need on a track.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals