Lexus RC F 01

The Lexus RC F coupe is set to be officially unveiled at the NAIAS in Detroit next week, but ahead of that, the automaker has released the first official images of its most powerful ever V8 performance car.

The RC F, which is based on the RC coupe that made its debut in Tokyo last November, will be equipped with a 5.0 litre mill offering more than 450 hp. Other differentiation bits come in the form of wider wheels and tyres, an active rear wing, trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes, air scoops, cooling ducts and carbon fibre components.

External design cues include a signature Lexus spindle grille that encompasses one single F-pattern in its mesh from the bonnet line to the lower lip, as well as ducts beneath the front bumper and fenders and strategically-placed aerodynamic stabilising fins.

Lexus RC F 02

Elsewhere, the RC F features a new bonnet, which sits higher than that of the base coupe, and an active rear wing that deploys at speeds over 80 km/h and retracts at less than 40 km/h.

As for wheels, three 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminium wheels are available, by model grade – two of the designs are machine-polished, while the High Plus grade trim wheel is hand-polished.

Inside, the RC F features new high-back seats with an embossed F on the headrests; the seats are available in a choice of five leather trims, each complete with contrasting stitching. Aside from the seats, model specific components include the meters, ornamentation and pedals. The car also debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with paddle shifts.