Performance-inspired hybrid RC coupé variant gets bespoke exterior and interior upgrades, plus re-tuned suspension
Darren Moss
28 February 2014

Lexus will show the latest variant of its new RC coupé line-up at the Geneva motor show next week.

The RC300h F Sport features more aggressive styling than the standard coupé, as well the option of Adaptive Variable Suspension. The AVS system allows drivers to choose from two damper settings, which Lexus says offers improved body control and more precise steering responses. The RC coupé features double wishbone suspension at the front, and a multilink setup at the rear.

Exterior upgrades include new 19-inch alloy wheels with a unique ten-spoke design, plus three new colours. Inside, the F Sport gets the same four-seat layout as the regular RC coupé, but benefits from a new mode-dependent dial layout similar to that used in the LFA hypercar. A bespoke leather steering wheel and gear leaver are also included, alongside a set of unique interior colour schemes.

The RC300h is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder dual-injection petrol engine developing 176bhp and 163lb ft of torque. It's joined by an electric motor, which boosts total power output to 217bhp. The Lexus is  fitted with a CVT gearbox.

The F Sport model will sit below the V8-powered RC-F coupé when it goes on sale alongside the regular RC coupé in 2015. The RC-F features a 5.0-litre V8 engine with more than 450bhp, and will make its European debut in Geneva.

Lexus first showed its RC coupé in Tokyo last year, with the RC300h model joined by the RC350, which is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine. Elements of the RC coupé's styling, such as its three LED headlamps , are throwbacks to the LF-LC concept of 2012.

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