Lexus recently revealed its all-new 2015 RC but the most potent version of the stylish coupe, the RC 350, is likely to be packing only 306 horsepower. No need to worry Lexus fans as a high-performance ‘F’ variant is in the works, and is seen here lapping the Nürburgring in our exclusive spy video.

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.

2015 Lexus RC 350

2015 Lexus RC 350

The RC F will serve as Lexus’ performance flagship until the arrival of a new GS F or perhaps even a high-end coupe based on the LF-LC concept.

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.


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