- 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.