Lexus reveals its all-new two-door RC coupé in Tokyo; V6 and hybrid powertrains available
20 November 2013

The all-new Lexus RC concept has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show.

Two versions of the two-door coupe are at the show: the RC 300h hybrid, which mates an electric motor with an unspecified 2.5-litre engine and the RC 350, which is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine. Lexus says it will announce details of European powertrain options next year.

The company has told Autocar that a more performance-orientated, LFA-like version of the concept will be seen in the new year, perhaps destined to take on the new BMW M4 which arrives at around the same time. That version should be on sale in the UK before the RC 300h hybrid, which is most likely still a year away. 

The exterior features a heavily contoured shape, more so than on previous Lexus models, as well as a wide and low-set spindle grille. The front headlight clusters, which feature three LED lamps, are triangular in shape - a throwback to the LF-LC concept seen at the Detroit motor show in 2012. That car was a hybrid sports coupe, which Lexus confirmed at the time as showing its future design direction, which has now come to fruition on the RC.

Two different wheel designs are available, with a more deeply sculpted 19-inch option shown alongside a smaller, more muscular 18-inch design.

The concept measures 4695mm long by 1840mm wide, with a height of 1395mm and a wheelbase of 2730mm.

Inside, the four-seat cabin includes wood trim. A seven-inch screen in the centre console controls both navigation and infotainment, and is controlled by a new touch-sensistive unit mounted lower down. The seats in the RC are moulded using foam, which Lexus says is similar to the process used for race seats and enhances comfort and support.

The firm says the RC is designed to raise its profile with "a wider audience of customers who are new to Lexus".

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4 November 2013
RC 350 for me please.

4 November 2013
Isn't this just a rebodied, slightly longer wheelbase GT86?

4 November 2013
Very tempting - looks great. Need more information though

4 November 2013
Unfortunate name, one reason why Peugeot added a 'Z' to its RC! Perhaps just calling it the IS Coupe would have been sufficient.

4 November 2013
This is one of the few cars that will be enhanced in appearance by slapping a number plate over that gaping maw. Basking shark, anyone?

4 November 2013
Looks much better as a coupe than it does as the IS, any chance of a convertible version to replace the IS-C?

4 November 2013
This will simply be blown out of the water by a coupe version of Jag's 3-Series rival to the point why I don't know why Lexus is even bothering. The IS it's based on is not exactly a great seller over here and doesn't set its class alight, yet alone being in the same league as the forthcoming baby Jaguar. The IS-C will be scrapping for second place with the 4-Series, A5 and C-Class coupe.

4 November 2013
[quote=Roadster]This will simply be blown out of the water by a coupe version of Jag's 3-Series rival to the point why I don't know why Lexus is even bothering.[/quote] Based on what? Jag's last attempt in the same class - the abject failure that was the X-Type? Your comment is seriously lacking in credibility; remember Lexus sells more IS than the whole of Jag's portfolio put together.

20 November 2013
[quote=Roadster]This will simply be blown out of the water by a coupe version of Jag's 3-Series rival to the point why I don't know why Lexus is even bothering. The IS it's based on is not exactly a great seller over here and doesn't set its class alight, yet alone being in the same league as the forthcoming baby Jaguar. The IS-C will be scrapping for second place with the 4-Series, A5 and C-Class coupe.[/quote] Oh yes. Once again Jaguar, the most feared car brand in the world, will show that struggling minnow Toyota how it is done. Great insight, Roadster.

4 November 2013
Here is the review from next year. The car lacks the dynamic polish of the BMW 4 series, doesn't have the material quality of the Audi A5 and lacks the hewn from granite feel of the Merc C Class coupe. The styling is a little fussy and therefore the keen drivers will stick with the Beemer, the social climbing cocks will stick with the Audi and the older chaps the Merc. In short, same as it ever was. For what its worth I like it.

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