Lexus has brought to the 2014 Geneva auto show its range-topping coupe, the RC F, to be seen by the European public in all its blue glory – we could say the Japanese have a true Toyota Supra luxury successor.
The RC F is now a world premiere, being introduced January 14th at the North American International Auto Show, but as the company says it’s the “most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus,” all we can do is appreciate it for its true level.
Lexus now has a trio of RC models, the F model sitting atop the line made of RC 350 and the RC 350 F Sport, introduced at the Geneva venue. The F model will try to oust the traditional German coupe contender – the M4. With its aerodynamically proficient and very aggressive body it should score points at the visual inspection, while the interior is not so appealing, being a carryover from the RC 350.
The real game changer could be the all-new 5.0-liter V8 engine, billed to churn more than 450 hp and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque – all delivered through the eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission. That power should be good for a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds, on its way to the top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h). According to Lexus – just as an interesting geek fact, the engine has an “Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds, for enhanced fuel economy, and then switches to the Otto cycle at higher rpm to develop impressive performance levels.”