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New Lexus to debut November 20

Lexus has announced that its new RC coupe will make its world debut on November 20 at the Tokyo Motor Show. There will be two RC models displayed at the show including the RC 350 and the RC 300h.

The RC 350 will use Toyota’s venerable 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the 300h will use a hybrid system featuring a 2.5-liter gasoline engine. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid system is very similar to the same powertrain used in the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, and the Lexus ES 300h, however, it’s been adapted for the RC 300h’s rear wheel drive chassis.
 
When used in the Toyota/Lexus sedans, the hybrid system has a total system output of 200hp and can deliver fuel economy numbers up to 40 mpg combined. However, we’re assuming that the RC 300h will have a bit more power and not nearly as lofty fuel economy aspirations given its more sporting nature.

 
Lexus says that the RC has the widest and lowest Lexus spindle grille used in one of its vehicles so far. The RC 350 and 300h are 184.8-inches long, 54.9-inches high, and 72.4-inches wide. Both models use a 107.5-inch wheelbase and are designed to hold four people.

Lexus engineer Junichi Furuyama explained, "One thing I want to emphasize, the aim of introducing this new model RC is to add a new level of excitement to the existing Lexus lineup. This is not an IS Coupe, it is the RC, a new coupe in its own right. It is an independent model. It’s not a deviated version of the IS so it has its own unique styling and its own unique performance.”


The concept version of the RC was unveiled back in September of last year.

Sources: Motor Trend, Lexus



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very nice
By Captain Awesome on 11/4/2013 10:44:46 AM , Rating: 2
Very nice, except the front... What's going on there?




RE: very nice
By Jeffk464 on 11/4/2013 10:55:11 AM , Rating: 2
I agree completely, I really don't like what Lexus is doing with their front ends. I'm sure its a great car but at this price point it has to look great.


RE: very nice
By techxx on 11/4/2013 11:19:19 AM , Rating: 2
Where do you see a price?


RE: very nice
By Jeffk464 on 11/4/2013 12:25:59 PM , Rating: 2
Its a lexus, so it won't be cheap is my guess. It will probably have a similar price point with a BMW 3 series.


RE: very nice
By Argon18 on 11/4/2013 5:00:59 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, that front is hideous. Like some fiberglass body kit a teenager would install on his '92 civic. At Lexus price points, it's got to look understated and respectable, not like an angry kitchen appliance.


RE: very nice
By spamreader1 on 11/4/2013 12:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like The Predator without teeth.


RE: very nice
By GulWestfale on 11/4/2013 4:43:31 PM , Rating: 2
the no-teeth crowd is more interested in buicks and cadillacs...
bu i agree, the front end looks terrible. like someone pinched it sideways. the new IS also looks quite bad, especially compared to its elegant yet sharp-looking predecessor.


RE: very nice
By Manch on 11/4/2013 4:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
The designers are way way to into the voltron, gundam, and all those other Japanese robot shows/anime. I had a Gundam bike as a kid in Japan. It was awesome. Now as an adult, unless this car transforms, there is no excuse for that grille.


And.....
By abzillah on 11/4/2013 3:14:30 PM , Rating: 2
it's automatic!




RE: And.....
By Jeffk464 on 11/4/2013 6:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
manual transmissions are going away.


RE: And.....
By pandemonium on 11/5/2013 1:27:25 AM , Rating: 2
Have been*

However, the majority of sport coupes still come with a manual option.


RE: And.....
By Samus on 11/5/2013 1:00:42 PM , Rating: 2
Or to quote my wife driving my car in traffic:

"that dumb mother#%^!@r who the %^*@ still drives a ^(@!ing manual"


Finally a new coupe
By tayb on 11/4/2013 11:25:55 AM , Rating: 2
Finally they have a new coupe. It only took them like 4 years to replace the SC line. This looks a lot nicer than the SC line did.

I wonder if they'll make an RS350 F sport? That would be the model I could potentially be interested in.




By Samus on 11/4/2013 12:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
Interestingly enough it produces the same power as the BRZ/FR-S, weighs about 600lbs more (which will throw off its weight distribution) yet claims a 31% increase in fuel economy. That will be virtually impossible even for a miller-cycle V6.

Still a very cool car.




6 years too late
By One43637 on 11/4/2013 4:43:46 PM , Rating: 2
if only you came out with this 6 years ago when I bought my IS, I would have been all over this.

The possibility of a 6 or 7spd MT is close to zero. The 6spd was only available in the IS250 and the tranny sucked much balls.

The rear valance takes some getting used to, but I'm glad they are not reusing Toyota chassis for their Lexus brand.




Thanks for clarifying...
By Sunrise089 on 11/4/2013 4:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
When I saw the pics I wasn't sure if this was an IS coupe or something that slotted above it, in the near-6-Series range. Fortunately after adjusting for PR speak the quote "this is not an IS Coupe, it is the RC, a new coupe in its own right" makes it clear this is an IS coupe :)




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