Lexus started a contest on its Facebook page where it asked its fans to choose a name for a new orange colour that will be offered on the brand new RC F Coupe. Back in June, the contest ended and the new orange colour got a name: Solar Flare. Still, the new Solar Flame colour was shown only in an official photo made in the studio and we didn’t actually see the real thing.
Until today, when AutoGuide revealed the first photos with the new RC F Coupe dressed in its Solar Flame coat. We must admit that the real thing looks better than expected and underlines the aggressive design lines of the RC F Coupe.
In addition, the vehicle seen in the photos features a carbon fiber roof as well as a carbon fiber rear spoiler. For those who still don’t know, the Lexus RC F Coupe is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 450 hp and more than 383 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is bolted to an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels. According to Lexus, the RC F Coupe will be faster than the IS-F, which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds.
RC F Coupe promises a top speed electronically limited at 270 km/h or 168 mph.
In terms of dimensions, the new Lexus RC F measures 4,705 mm in length, 1,845mm 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 its rear aerodynamic devices and 5 mm wider because of the flared wheel arches. While the RC F is lower by 5 mm than the RC, both have the same wheelbase of 2,730 mm.
Amazingly, every styling design element in the RC F offers benefits in terms of aerodynamics. For instance, the Lexus signature spindle grille of the RC F – featuring a graduated mesh pattern -- flows to a distinct aerodynamic treatment across the bonnet. Meanwhile, the cooling ducts within the grille are flanked by oil coolers. A massive L-shaped cooling outlet is located at the rear of the front wing, offering benefits for cooling and aerodynamics while expressing a great deal of dynamism.
Meanwhile, the bonnet of the RC F has been raised to accommodate as well as highlight the powerful V8 engine. This bonnet features a meshed scoop on the center, delivering extra aerodynamics and cooling. While helping underscore the crouching nature of the design, a continuous flow from the bonnet and front wing through to the belt line also contributes to airflow.
The number of aerodynamic spats and aids on the full length of the RC F helps give the vehicle its wide and low stance. For instance, the design of its rear bumper corners has been optimized for air flow, thereby helping the effect of the F four-link active rear wing that was derived from the Lexus LFA. The RC F also features fins at the lower section of the rear bumper that guide air from underneath.
Lexus provided the new RC F with stacked dual exhausts that have been tuned to deliver optimal Audi effect. The premium carmaker also provided the RC F with a CFRP kit (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) that was developed for the LFA and IS F CCS-R race car.