Last month, we told you that Lexus Manila could bring in the new RC coupe around August this year, according to company president Danny Isla. The executive told us then that many of their customers had indicated a preference for the V8-powered version. The small problem at the time was that Lexus had not officially announced a V8 engine for the car. When the luxury carmaker displayed the RC at the Tokyo Motor Show, only a 3.5-liter V6 and a 2.5-liter in-line-four hybrid were presented.
So we mentioned the possibility of Lexus revealing a V8-propelled RC at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which will formally open next week. Well, surprise: Lexus has released official photos of the new RC F, the meaner alter ego of the RC that is being touted as "the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus."
The word is that the RC F boasts a 5.0-liter V8 that produces "well above 450hp."
A quick look indicates that the RC F has wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and optional carbon-fiber components. The hood is also higher than that of the regular RC to accommodate the larger V8 engine. Ducts beneath the front bumper, fenders and strategically placed aerodynamic fins give the car a sporty look befitting an F model.
Noteworthy are the air outlets at the rear of the front fenders as well as the stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear. Like the LFA, the RC F has an available speed-sensitive active rear spoiler that deploys at approximately 80kph and retracts when the speed is less than 40kph.
Buyers may choose from three variations of 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, including two machine polished designs and one hand-polished design.
Inside, the cockpit-like interior features unique components that include the meters, the steering wheel, the seats, the ornamentation and the pedals. The RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel. The all-new high-back seats with an embossed F on the headrests, are available in a selection of five leather trims.
Shall we call this the baby LFA?