Paris Motor Show LIVE: Lexus RC F & 300h image

The hot compact coupe has landed in front of the audience at the Paris Motor Show, showcasing the latest and greatest from the Japanese luxury brand.

The visuals have been deeply inspired by the LF-LC and LF-CC concepts, and the RC has an aggressive stance (even more so on the aerodynamically enhanced F version). The hybrid RC 300h is powered by the proprietary powertrain making 200 hp by coupling a 2.5 petrol engine with an electric motor.

“I’ve built the RC F to be enjoyed by all enthusiasts – no matter what their level of expertise,” comments RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi. “There’s a misconception that racing cars are hard to drive. In fact, they’re easy in the right hands because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers. It’s the same with RC F. Electronics can be modified instantly on board to provide appropriate levels of performance and protection. But even at its basic setting, it’s a blast.”

Indeed, featuring a head blasting all-new 5.0-liter V8 engine designed to tackle the BMW M4, the RC F will give the driver no less than 450 bhp (335 kW) and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque. Mated to an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission, the coupe will blast its way to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds and top out at 168 mph (270 km/h). Atypically, the engine is capable of running on the “Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds, for enhanced fuel economy, and then switches to the Otto cycle at higher rpm to develop impressive performance levels.”