We already know that Lexus is working on a new car based on the LF-CC Concept, which was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, right? Well, today we found out some more about Lexus’ upcoming coupe. According to Autonews, the new replacement for the IS coupe will be revealed in November at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and will be called RC.
The Lexus RC will hit the United States dealerships in late 2014 as a 2015 model year. Prototype versions of the new car were already spotted during track testing in Germany and according to unknown sources we do know that the RC will use a 3.5-liter, 306-hp V-6 engine (RC350), same as the IS and GS sedans.
A hybrid version of the Lexus RC will also be offered in Japan and Europe but unfortunately the Japanese company will not bring it in the United States.
Regarding the high-performance version RC-F, this model will be unveiled in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Sources confirmed the fact that the RC-F will be powered by a V8 engine, delivering 460 hp. This new model will take on the upcoming Bmw M4 coupe, which will be powered by a turbo-six engine developing 450 hp.
Despite being based on the configuration of other Lexus models, the chassis of the new RC remains to be highly distinct. Its front end meanwhile is inspired by the well-known Lexus GS and manages to set new benchmarks in the mid-sized sedan when it comes to chassis response and stiffness. With regards to the rear portion, Lexus made use of an architecture that was based on the latest IS sport sedan.
The IS belongs to a class that is extremely competitive but has managed to show its mettle and deliver when it comes to performance. Looking at the middle, the structure that is responsible for ensuring rigidity has a pair of large door openings. This feature was taken from the convertible structure of the IS. Lexus said that none of the three portions were directly obtained from the other models.
However, each of them was able to supply the overall chassis package more than what can be offered by the sum of their parts. It did not stop there as the resulting platform was fine-tuned by Lexus to allow for that particular high-performance quality people look for with this new coupe. With the goal of manufacturing a regular production Lexus that offers the best handling, the brand began with the models from the current line that had this quality.
Lexus then adapted certain parts of the platform to come up with a foundation for the Lexus RC that is remarkably rigid. As mentioned, the front suspension area is founded on the GS but this time, it has the thickness of the apron panel increased.
For the center section of the floor, which itself is based on the IS C, the rocker cross section is larger, in fact twice as that of the IS sedan. It also allows for excellent control. The rear floor on the other hand is inspired by the IS sport sedan with reinforcements added on the center floor.