Lexus has officially unveiled the RC F Coupe at the North American International Auto Show.
Designed to tackle the BMW M4, the RC F has been equipped with an aggressive body kit that includes a new front bumper, revised side skirts and ventilated front fenders. The model also has a bulging hood, an "F-mesh" grille and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. If that's not aggressive enough, the car can be equipped with a carbon fiber package that adds a carbon fiber roof and an active rear spoiler that deploys at 50 mph (80 km/h) and retracts at speeds less than 25 mph (40 km/h).
The interior echoes the standard RC but has been equipped with sport seats, revised instrumentation, alloy pedals and an "elliptical cross-section thick grip steering wheel."
Power is provided by an all-new 5.0-liter V8 engine that develops more than 450 bhp (335 kW) and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission which should enable the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 4.6 seconds and hit an estimated top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h). Interestingly, the engine runs 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."
Besides the powerful engine, the RC F is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, a "very stiff front lower brace" and a Torque Vectoring Differential with three different modes: Standard, Slalom (which emphasis steering response) and Track.