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Lexus will reveal the much-anticipated Lexus RC at the Tokyo Motor Show on 20 November.

The all-new RC will feature two models: an RC 350 with a 3.5-litre V6 engine, and an RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-litre engine. Both models measure 4695 mm (length) x 1395 mm (height) x 1840 mm (width), with 2730 mm wheelbase.

The RC Line furthers the Lexus focus on "emotional appeal through a dynamic and alluring two-door coupe." Lexus says that it's their 'first use of "sexy" as a design catchphrase'. Lexus is attempting to do this while maintaining the "Lexus DNA" of build quality, refinement and reliability.

It seems that Lexus has given in to the trend of sharp contour lines on body panels, while still maintaining a strong Lexus identity. The most prominent spindle grille yet found on a production Lexus is teamed up with LF-LC style triangular headlamps and a three-lamp LED design. The lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern at low beam. As one would now expect, the sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps also adopt the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.

There are two available RC aluminium wheel combinations - "a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version, each precision-machined and finished with black and platinum centre caps."

Lexus is marketing a bright, deeply contrasting shade of red as the "hero colour", which uses a new Lexus painting process that uses multiple layers of clear and deeper-coloured coating.

The interior features highly contrasted colours, materials and lighting. The lighting is another Lexus first, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin. The high contrast interior trim includes a new tone called Clove which reportedly "emphasises design lines and accentuates the elegant cabin." Real wood trim (shimamoku) is also used to highlight the surrounding trim. The driver's cockpit adopts the recent Lexus design concept of "operational" and "display" zones, and features a seven-inch navigation screen and a new incarnation of Remote Touch. Finally, the seats utilise an integrated foaming construction method, much like the moulding of racing seats, and previously seen in the 3IS F Sport.

What do you think?

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I quite like it. Great info there too.

At the 3IS release. I heard alot of tlk then and since then, About an RC-F and i noticed you havent mentioned this in your info. Do you know if this will still happen??

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There's no official information provided on an RC F. There are also rumours of an RC 200t ("t" for turbo), but it seems that Lexus is deferring that release, too.

As with the GS and IS, it's clear that the focus is on getting the new body shape on the market first. Models with new engines would presumably follow later. Then there's the multi-marque tradition of releasing the luxury models first, before the high-performance models (e.g. IS250/350 vs IS F; BMW regular models vs M edition).

My uneducated guess is we'll have to wait ... hmmm ... another 12 months? Then we'll get the usual controlled leaks, followed by a motor show unveiling, journo test drive day and production details of the RC F.

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Hmmm... does anyone else realise that the remote touch system has been updated? there seems to be a track pad now instead of the joystick remote touch system found on the 3IS/4GS. Maybe this is an indication of the updated remote touch system Lexus will be using in the future?

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  • 2 weeks later...

Today, at the Tokyo Motor Show, it was also revealed:

- The RC 300h and RC 350 are confirmed for release in Australia. (Although we already learned on this forum, earlier this month, that Australian Lexus dealers are taking orders!)
- Some final tweaks are required to the exterior design, particularly in the rear quarter panels. But, apart, from that, what you see in the above photos is what we'll see on the RC's release in the second half of 2014.

Still no word on the RC F; journos are however tipping a launch at the Detroit Motor Show, which starts on 18 January - allowing for the time difference, that's exactly 60 days from now. And if Lexus continues its habit of revealing pictures and information to the press just before a motor show launch, I predict we'll know a lot more about the RC F inside of seven weeks.

An RC F coupe convertible is also being considered, but is by no means confirmed.

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