lexus rc

The Lexus RC Coupe has broken cover ahead of its Tokyo show debut – and isn’t she a looker. This is the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille, and adding to the aggression are sharp triangular headlamps, deeply contoured lines and huge louvres on either side of the rear bumper.

Its ‘eyes’ comprise three-lamp LEDs that take on an L-shaped pattern at low beam. The tail lamps also feature the L-shaped signature. 19-inch 10-spoke or 18-inch five-spoke aluminium wheels are available, each finished with elegant black and platinum centre caps. And check out the tiny spindle grille-mounted fog lamps!

The 4,694-mm long, 1,839-mm wide and 1,394-mm tall Lexus RC Coupe sits on a 2,730 mm wheelbase, making it 29 mm longer, 29 mm wider and 141 mm lower overall, with a 70 mm-shorter wheelbase, than its four-door counterpart, the third-gen Lexus IS compact exec.

RC 350 (3.5 litre V6) and RC 300h (2.5 litre four-cylinder hybrid) models have been announced. No technical details have been divulged, but the IS 350‘s V6 develops 310 PS at 6,400 rpm and 375 Nm at 4,800 rpm, while the marriage between the IS 300h‘s electric motor and Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine results in a total system output of 223 PS and 300 Nm of torque.

The interior is largely IS, save for minor changes that include revised steering wheel buttons and the relocation of the Drive Mode Selector knob to beside the gear lever in order to accommodate a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface, which presumably enables handwriting input and character recognition like the BMW 4 Series‘ new iDrive Touch system. For comparison purposes, see the interior of the IS here.

There are more contrasting colours, materials (including a new tone called Clove) and lighting used, and a Lexus-first lighting package provides cabin illumination that reflects upwards rather than downwards. Genuine shimamoku wood highlights – the result of a layered wood production technique refined by Lexus – emphasise the trim surrounding it.

A hot version called the Lexus RC F has been spotted several times by our Euro spies, undergoing tests on the Nurburgring. See spyshots, a video and another video.