Beauty and power at heart of Lexus’s lat­est V8

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Stewart

VISI­TORS to the North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Detroit this month will be able to get up close to the de­li­cious Lexus RC F – a sports thor­ough­bred based on the RC coupe which made its de­but in Tokyo in Novem­ber.

Pow­ered by a new 5.0litre V8 en­gine with a max­i­mum out­put set to be well above 450bhp, it is ready to stake its claim as the most pow­er­ful V8 road-go­ing car ever pro­duced by Lexus. Styling fea­tures in­clude wide wheels and tyres, an ac­tive rear wing, air scoops, cool­ing ducts and carbon fi­bre com­po­nents. Each el­e­ment de­liv­ers what Lexus calls “func­tional beauty” to the over­all de­sign.

“The form of each com­po­nent is care­fully de­signed to con­trib­ute to per­for­mance,” said Yuk­i­hiko Yaguchi, RC F Chief Engi­neer.

“Unique air out­lets in the bon­net and rear sec­tion of the front wings con­trib­ute to op­ti­mum en­gine cool­ing and han­dling sta­bil­ity. They cre­ate a pow­er­ful look that im­me­di­ately con­veys the ex­pec­ta­tion of a dy­namic driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Three vari­a­tions of a 10-spoke, 19in forged alu­minium wheel de­sign will be avail­able.

Word is that the RC F will have made its way into the UK late this year or early next. Far too soon for a price but up­wards of £70,000 would not be un­rea­son­able.

PER­FOR­MANCE: Lexus’s RC F will be the mar­que’s most pow­er­ful road V8.

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