What Is It?
Lexus RC Coupe
What's Special About It?
Don't think of the Lexus RC Coupe as a two-door IS or even GS. Instead, try to think of the RC Coupe in the same way you'd think of the Audi A5 or BMW 6 Series: as a unique model with a priority on style that demands its own name.
Going on sale in 2014, the Lexus RC Coupe will be available in two flavors: RC 350 and RC 300h. Those familiar with Lexus taxonomy already know what this means. For the rest of us: The RC 350 will come with Lexus' sweet 3.5-liter V6 tuned to produce 314 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, hooked to the Sport Direct Shift eight-speed automatic first used in the IS F. The RC 300h is the hybrid version and pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a 105kW electric motor. Power is directed through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Rear- or all-wheel drive will be available.
The RC's interior was closed off for us on the floor of the Tokyo auto show, but we know that it will feature Lexus' Remote Touch Interface, which will replace the awkward, silly mouse featured in current Lexus products.
What Edmunds Says: From certain angles, the Lexus RC Coupe is cool, sharp and aggressive. From most, however, it's a pile of fussy design elements highlighting a very long hood. You either love it or hate it.
Base Price: N/A
Engine: 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
Power: 314 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm, 280 pound-feet of torque @ 4,800 rpm
Fuel Mileage: N/A
Dimensions: 184.8 inches long, 54.9 inches high, 72.4 inches wide, 107.5-inch wheelbase