LEXUS RC COUPE REVEALED
Lexus has pulled the wraps off its all-new RC coupe this week, ahead of a production debut at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.
The coupe revealed today is described as a 'pre-production model', but the carmaker is clear in its language: this is no concept, you'll see the RC in showrooms in 2014.
Two models will be offered in the RC range, kicking off with a 2.5 litre petrol-electric RC 300h hybrid and topping out with a 3.5 litre petrol V6 RC 350.
Power and performance figures are still to be revealed, although we can likely expect numbers to mirror the 233kW/378Nm and 164kW/300Nm outputs offered in the equivalent Lexus IS sedan models.
Reports have also pointed to a turbocharged 2.0 litre engine - likely at the entry end of the range - although Lexus has yet to confirm plans for this model.
Lexus has revealed only the 'regular' versions of the RC coupe today, although our earlier spy photos reveal that a top-shelf RC F model is also in the works, with bigger intakes and big pumped guards.
As expected, the RC borrows its styling influences from both the new IS and the larger GS, while its dimensions are most in-line with the midsized IS sedan.
The new coupe is longer than the IS at 4695mm (compared to 4665mm), but rides on a shorter 2730mm wheelbase, compared to the IS sedan's 2800mm wheelbase.
Both models in the RC range will ride on aluminium wheels, with the RC 300h getting 18-inch hoops and the RC 350 stepping up to 19-inch 10-spoke rims.
Watch for more details on the new RC, including performance figures and Australian launch timing, to come with its Tokyo debut on November 22.
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