Beauty and power at heart of Lexus’s latest V8
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.