In November, Lexus will introduce the replacement for the IS coupe, named the RC, at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The new coupe is to hit dealerships in the US in 2014, according to an anonymous company source. The model is to be based on the LF-CC concept seen at the 2012 Paris auto show and will use the platform of the Lexus IS/GS. The new coupe’s prototype versions have been seen in Germany during the track testing.
The RC will be fitted with a 3.5-liter, 306-hp V-6 engine, exactly as the GS and IS sedans. The automaker will also offer the hybrid RC in Europe and Japan, but will exclude the US. In January Lexus will unveil the RC-F performance version at the Detroit auto show, and an anonymous source says the model will be fitted with a 460-hp V-8, up from 416 hp for the current IS-F coupe. To make a comparison, the BMW M3 is powered by a 414-hp V-8, but the upcoming M4 coupe is expected to feature a 450-hp turbo-six engine.
In March the automaker introduced the redesigned 2014 IS sedan and the company’s engineers said that the IS-C hardtop convertible will be the continuation of the previous-generation platform for the immediate future.