While the regular RC will compete with the likes of the Audi A5 and BMW 4-Series, this performance variant, likely to be called an RC F, will target hardcore sport coupes like the RS 5 and upcoming M4. To ensure it’s adequately armed in this fight, the RC F will pack a naturally aspirated V-8 engine.
The engine will displace about 5.0 liters, just like the unit in the outgoing IS F sedan. However, it’s tipped to receive cylinder deactivation in order to meet strict Euro 6 emissions regulations. Output should register at around 455 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, with drive going to the rear wheels via an eight-speed, paddle-shifted automatic transmission.
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Pricing will almost certainly land above the $64k starting price of the outgoing IS F, but the RC F will pack plenty of LFA hand-me-downs to justify its inflated sticker.
Look for carbon fiber body panels, advanced aerodynamics, sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, light alloy wheels and an adjustable rear spoiler.
An auto show debut for the RC F is expected to take place at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January, with the car to go on sale next fall, as a 2015 model. A racing version is also due next year and will serve as the successor for the IS F CCS-R. This new race car could eventually serve as Lexus’ entry in Super GT and DTM competition (including a possible U.S.-based DTM series), which will be harmonizing their regulations in time for the 2017 motorsport season.