2015 Lexus RC F Coupe will make dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian A., on June 20, 2014

The all-new 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe will make its first UK appearance next weekend at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed (26-29 June). According to the official press release, the RC F Coupe will make speed runs during the ‘first glance’ sessions on the Goodwood’s hill course.

Lexus RC F Coupe will have its market launch at the end of the year and for those who don’t know, it will use a 5.0-liter, 32-valve engine that generates more than 450 bhp (335 kW) and 520 Nm of torque.

The engine will be bolted to a fuel-efficient 8-speed Sports Direct Shift, intelligent electronically controlled automatic transmission, while power will be delivered to the rear wheels. We don’t have any details regarding the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), but we do know that the speed will be electronically limited at 168 mph or 270 km/h.

The RC F Coupe will offer three operating modes – standard, slalom and track – and the driver will be able to adjust the system to get the optimum degree of traction and control.

Regarding the design, the Lexus RC F Coupe comes with the well-known spindle grille and it is directly inspired by the LFA supercar, featuring bonnet air outlets and front cooling ducts, as well as carbon fiber elements including the roof, bonnet and active rear wing.

In terms of dimensions, the new Lexus RC F measures 4,705 mm in length, 1,845 mm in width and 1,390 mm in height. When compared to the RC, the RC F is around 10 mm longer thanks to the packaging of aerodynamic devices on the rear. It is 5 mm wider than the RC, as made possible by its flared and laser-brazed wheel arches. While having the same wheelbase of 2,730, the RC F is lower by 5 mm than the RC.

As designed, the styling features of the new RC F offer positive effects to its aerodynamics. For instance, the Lexus signature spindle grille – featuring a graduated mesh pattern -- flows to a distinct aerodynamic treatment across the bonnet. In addition, the cooling ducts within the grille are flanked by oil coolers. Meanwhile, the rear section of the front wing features a large L-shaped outlet offers both cooling and aerodynamic functions while lending the RC a sense of dynamism.

On the other hand, Lexus gave the RC F a raised bonnet to both accommodate and highlight the V8 engine. The center of the hood features a meshed scoop that also performs both aerodynamic and cooling functions. The bonnet flows continuously to the front wing and through to the belt line to help underscore the design’s crouching nature while contributing to the airflow.

The new RC F boasts of a wide and low stance thanks to aerodynamic elements along the full length of the car. Lexus also optimized the corners of the rear bumper, thereby contributing to the effect of the F four-link active rear wing. The rear bumper also features fins on its bottom edge that helps direct airflow from under the RC F.

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