Hot Lexus RC-F coupe targets BMW M4 for performance
25 July 2013

A high-performance version of the upcoming Lexus IS coupé has been spied testing at the Nürburgring.

A coupé version of the new Lexus IS, likely to be called RC, with the range-topper called RC-F, was previewed at last year’s Paris show by the LF-CC concept. It’s clear from this Nürburgring test mule that much of the concept’s design has carried over to Lexus’s performance coupé.

The mule is identified as the RC-F rather than more humble RC variants by its bulging wheel arches, deeply sculpted bumpers, larger air intakes and design nods to the LFA supercar.

Large brakes and two sets of diagonally stacked tailpipes are further clues to the RC-F’s performance. The car was snapped testing alongside a current BMW M3 coupé, a model thought to be considered the benchmark.

The RC-F’s engine remains a mystery. An uprated version of the previous-generation IS-F saloon’s 417bhp 5.0-litre V8 is the most likely option, although Lexus officials have indicated that it is a challenge to make it meet Euro-6 emissions regulations.

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25 July 2013

If no one buys the bloody Nurburgring and it just closes, then maybe, just maybe, people will start building cars that perform properly on the road (that incliudes ride comfort) instead of fixating on lap times around this damn circuit.

Fingers crossed.

25 July 2013

275not599 wrote:

If no one buys the bloody Nurburgring and it just closes, then maybe, just maybe, people will start building cars that perform properly on the road (that incliudes ride comfort) instead of fixating on lap times around this damn circuit.

Fingers crossed.

 

If this is indeed the "F" version of the car, surely the point of it is fast laptimes? If not then you would by a slushmobile version lower down the range rather than the performance version. 

26 July 2013

Because the more you optimise a car for the circuit the worse it becomes as a road car.  Who seriously buys a car like this and thrashes it on circuits?  Road cars don't have to be slushmobiles, see Lotus.

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25 July 2013

Absolutely cool car. I would like to drive that. thanks for posting the pic.

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25 July 2013

First Lexus I would consider buying (apart from LFA obviously!)

25 July 2013

With the GT86 floating around behind the scene at Lexus/Toyota, i hope they benchmarked the 'fun elements' of this homegrown car, and take inspiration from its low speed enjoyment, and not be a 9/10ths 'balls-out' track special, that uses a tiny fraction of its ability on public roads.

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