Lexus is understood to have secured the trademark for the name 'RC F', mere months after news of the badge 'RC 350' surfaced online.
Reports of a new coupe have been circulating for more than a year, and Lexus Australia boss Tony Cramb has also hinted at a new two-door.
Lexus trademarking the name is far from confirmation however, with many brands registering names that have yet to appear in showrooms. The process is often used simply to ensure access to the name later, and to keep it from other brands.
Lexus would not be alone in taking that path, with BMW preparing to launch its new 4 Series Coupe and Convertible models, separate to the 3 Series Sedan and Touring wagon.
“We did confirm that the LF-CC show car is the basis for a D-segment coupe in the future, but we didn't confirm that it's necessarily IS-related,” Lexus Australia's Tony Cramb told TMR.
Engine options would likely include the same V6 powertrains offered now, along with new four-cylinder units and a top-shelf hybrid model, akin to the GS 450h sedan.
Such an engine in the IS F could easily match the performance of the existing model - although some fans may lament the absent romance of the V8 engine note.