Also making its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is this, the Lexus RC 350 F Sport. We’re already familiar with the RC Coupe, of course; what’s new here is the F Sport kit – Lexus’ equivalent to BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz’s respective M Sport, S-Line and AMG Sport ranges.
On the new RC, the F Sport package offers visual and dynamic upgrades over the standard model. Unlike the F Sport kits on the IS and GS sedans, however, this one doesn’t bring about new bumpers or side skirts, as the standard RC coupe looks aggressive enough as it is.
What you do get, is an F-specific mesh grille design and unique double-layer 10-spoke 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels. Oh, and the all-important badge on the front fenders too, of course. Three exterior colours – White Nova, orange and Flame Blue – are also exclusive to this variant.
The new colours can be matched to the F Sport-only Dark Rose upholstery and Wedge Metal interior trim. Also part of the ‘look-faster’ package are the Lexus LFA-style instrument cluster with moveable centre ring plus the F Sport steering wheel and gear knob.
Underneath the fancy sheetmetal, the RC 350 F Sport gets a sharper suspension setup, with optional Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) systems. The latter incorporates dynamic rear-wheel steering to improve turn-in response, grip and agility when cornering.
The RC 350 uses a 3.5 litre V6 that produces 314 hp and 380 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. This isn’t quite the full-blown BMW M4-chasing RC-F, but next to the 4 Series M Sport, this Lexus RC 350 F Sport will do just fine.