2014 NAIAS: 2015 RC F Coupe has the most powerful ever Lexus 5.0-litre V8 [Live Photos]

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 15, 2014

The 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe made its debut in the Motor City at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and as expected, the vehicle looks even better in the flesh. According to Lexus, the RC F Coupe uses a 5.0-liter 32-valve V8 engine that provides increased maximum power at higher engine rpm than previously possible.

For the first time, the RC F Coupe uses the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for better fuel economy and switches to Otto cycle at higher rpm. The 5.0-liter V8 generates more than 450 hp and more than 383 lb-ft of torque. Using an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission, the 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe promises to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) faster than the IS F (4.6 seconds), while the top speed will be electronically limited at 168 mph or 270 km/h.

The RC F uses a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), which is a first for Lexus, in order to increase driving performance. The TVD has three operating modes: standard, for a balance between performance and stability; slalom, for emphasis on nimble steering wheel; track, for helping with consistent stability. RC F has front and rear coil-spring independent suspension, with monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars.

The 19-inch forged aluminum wheels helped Lexus reduce the unsprung weight, while the four-wheel power assisted disc brakes (made by Brembo for Lexus) with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) help the drivers stay safe on the road. In terms of design, the Lexus RC F Coupe is based on the RC Coupe but comes with a new body kit, which transforms it into an aggressive stylish coupe.

The front end is dominated by the signature spindle grille with a subtle F-mesh pattern on the lower half. Moreover, we find a hood air vent inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar and a new active rear spoiler incorporated into the trunk lid that can provide down force at speeds of more than 50 mph.

To the side, front fender ducts in the shape of an L also aid cooling performance while adding to the aggressive stance. Inside, the Lexus RC F Coupe offers uniquely designed components such as combination meters, the steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals, convey a sense of connection with the driver that only a Lexus F performance model can achieve.

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