2015 Lexus RC Coupe Revealed


  • Lexus RC Coupe Concept Picture

    Lexus RC Coupe Concept Picture

    The 2015 Lexus RC Coupe will be previewed at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. | November 04, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The prototype 2015 Lexus RC Coupe, a four-seater designed to serve as the next "halo" car for the Toyota brand, will make its world debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show in mid-November.
  • The RC Coupe will be equipped with either a 3.5-liter V6 or, in hybrid form, with a 2.5-liter engine and hybrid-electric assist.
  • Lexus describes the car as a "concept-to-reality coupe."

TOKYO — The prototype 2015 Lexus RC Coupe, a four-seater designed to serve as the next "halo" car for the Lexus brand, will make its world debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show on November 20.

The RC Coupe is a critical car for the upscale Lexus brand, since it is designed to fill the hole in the lineup left by the Lexus SC coupe and the Lexus LFA supercar. Production of the SC ended in 2010 and the final LFA was built last December.

Lexus stopped short of announcing production plans for the RC Coupe, but described it as a "concept-to-reality" car.

The RC Coupe will be equipped with either a 3.5-liter V6 or, in hybrid form, with a 2.5-liter engine. Detailed technical specifications were not released.

The 2015 Lexus RC 350 gets the V6 engine, while the 2015 Lexus RC 300h gets the hybrid system. Both versions ride on a 107.5-inch wheelbase and are 184.8 inches in length — dimensions that make the car roughly the size of Lexus' current IS sedan, which utilizes a 110.2-inch wheelbase.

The car features what the company calls "the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille."

Some design cues are derived from the Lexus LF-CC coupe concept shown at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and the LF-LC concept shown at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, but the car also has headlights and taillights inspired by the LFA.

"Triangular headlamps evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC styling," said Toyota in a statement.

The new Lexus coupe could target a range of vehicles, from the BMW M4 to the 2014 Jaguar XK coupe.

Edmunds says: A gaping hole in the Lexus lineup may soon be filled.

Comments

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Those headlights don't work on the IS, I don't think they work really well here either. I don't really mind the body shaping (The IS has an absurd side character line running through the rear wheels) and on second though I don't hate the grill as much as I thought I would either. Still... I know Lexus is looking to inject some excitement in their lineup but it's been kind of hit or miss (mostly miss I think)

  • Be honest Toyota, you were more interested in hopefully becoming a new cartoon character in "Cars" part-3 when styling this car, and not for real people.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    I'm hard pressed to understand how a car powered by a roughly 300bhp 3.5L V6 can be a "halo" car for any brand.

  • kryptokat kryptokat Posts:

    I guess they can price it higher than the LFA and make it a Halo car, but I don't get it either.

  • I think the Lexus corporate spindle grill might look better if the sides of the lower part of the spindle were drawn vertically (think exaggerated funnel or exotic drinking glass) instead of flaring out diagonally. Just my two cents.

  • iwant12 iwant12 Posts:

    Thought it was a Scion at first glance.

  • alex38 alex38 Posts:

    overall proportions not bad...but WAY overstyled. Appears as if they're trying too hard. Would take the new BMW 4-series coupe over this in a hearbeat. It's actually not even close imo

  • melohor melohor Posts:

    the front grill looks kinda like the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    the grille is neither sporty nor refined for this kind of car--looks more like a tuner car with that beak. I suppose if it were more refined everyone would then cpmplain that it was boring. There has to be something in between.

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    Radio Control

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    Sounds like a lot of terminology used to make us overlook that this is just an IS 2 door, a car that should have existed for years. The base V6 is a dinosaur that should be replaced with a turbo 4 and has no place being in this car.

  • _zack _zack Posts:

    So at first I thought, "A Lexus FR-S with v6 power, that's cool." Then I realized it's just going to be another overpriced Lexus fail and not a FR-S at all.

  • I think it looks great overall. Not a fan of the headlights on this or the IS to be honest but the overall shape is elegant and modern and the rear 3/4 view is very nice. Can't wait to see the F-Sport and inevitable RC-F...

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