Prior to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus unveiled the 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport. Based on the RC 350 Coupe, the new Lexus comes with exclusive design elements, which are enhanced by driving performances. According to the Japanese company, the RC 350 F Sport’s dynamic upgrades include Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the available Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system.
In terms of design, the RC F Sport comes with the model-specific ‘F’ mesh design, unique 19-inch F Sport mesh alloy wheels which feature machine-finish and dark metallic paint. Three additional colours –White Nova, Orange and Blue- are exclusive to the F Sport model range. The four-seat interior features F Sport perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob, an F Sport-exclusive Rioja Red interior and seats with unique contrast stitching.
As we said, the RC 350 F Sport comes with the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which is able to automatically and independently adjust the performance of the damping at all four wheels. When the vehicle’s SPORT+ drive mode is selected, AVS changes to allow the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input. The Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).
Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system manages both front and rear wheel steering angles in order to improve the turn-in response, rear grip and vehicle control as well as the overall agility when cornering. The LDH monitors the vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees.
This means that the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds and in the same direction at higher speeds. Under the hood, there is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 306 hp (236 kW) @ 6,400 rpm and 227 lb-ft (375 Nm) of torque @ 4,800 rpm.