Lexus, this week, revealed the RC F, a high-performance version of its new RC coupe, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which coincided with the 25th anniversary of the Lexus brand.
The great visual impact of the RC F is matched by the impressive power of its new 5.0-litre engine. Generating well in excess of 450bhp, it makes the RC F the most powerful V8 performance model Lexus has yet produced.
To harness the engine’s potential with the best possible efficiency, the RC F uses a newly calibrated eight-speed transmission and, in a world first for a front engine/rear-wheel drive car, a Torque Vectoring Differential to secure higher levels of traction and vehicle control.
At the heart of the new RC F is a 5.0-litre 32-valve engine developing more than 450bhp and 520Nm of torque. Its cylinder heads and all moving parts have been newly designed to deliver more power at higher engine revs than has previously been possible.
The specially calibrated eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission improves linear response to accelerator pedal inputs, giving the driver more precise control of power and torque delivery.
The RC F driving experience is further heightened by a new system that regulates induction and exhaust sound, creating a deep tone up to 3,000rpm, and a higher-pitched note at as revs rise beyond 6,000rpm under hard acceleration.
The RC F marks a world-first for a front engine/rear-wheel drive car with its use of a Torque Vectoring Differential. Designed to raise driving enjoyment by increasing traction and control, the system has three operating modes: Standard, for a balance of agile performance and high-speed stability; Slalom, for an emphasis on nimble response to steering inputs and Track, for consistent, stable cornering in circuit driving, with optimum driver control.
As in the Lexus LFA supercar, the RC F is fitted with an active rear wing, incorporated in the bootlid, this provides additional down-force at speeds above 50mph