Lexus may have pulled a fast one on us. The car our spy shooters spotted yesterday may not, in fact, be an IS F Coupe as we indicated. Rather, the car shown above may be a new model, dubbed RC, that will arrive at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.

Following a report from Automotive News, the RC is believed to be a pure coupe, rather than a hardtop convertible. This gels with information provided on the IS sedan's launch, when Lexus spokespeople said the IS Convertible would remain on the current platform. With styling based on the LF-CC from the 2012 Paris show, the new car will share a rear-drive platform with the IS and GS sedans.

Power is expected to come from a 3.5-liter V6 that turns out 306 horsepower. That car will likely wear the RC 350 badge. A hybrid model is expected to follow, but in a twist, it won't be coming to the US. The big news, though, is that the RC will spawn an RC F.

Sources told AN that a 460-hp V8 will replace the 416-hp mill found in the current IS F, allowing the RC F to really duke it out with Stuttgart, Munich, and Ingolstadt.

Where does that leave the IS F? We can't be sure, but with Mercedes-Benz and BMW both offering (now or in the future) fast, compact sedans, we wouldn't bet on Lexus sitting out. We can expect to see a production RC F at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, with examples arriving in dealers later that year.


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      shyu0622
      • 1 Year Ago
      HOLY SH*T!! The RCF IS HERE!!!
      Ajay Dionysus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Although it's not technically a Toyota, could this be the long awaited successor to the Supra? If it's half as good as the LFA is reported to be, then it should be incredible.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lexus did a 360. Right on Lexus ! This car is going to badass. Bring on the GSF to run against the M5 and E63. Luxury & Performance these cars are giving people more options in the Lexus lineup I love it.
      Andy Drake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even with the camo it looks really sharp and menacing. Always liked the IS myself.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Based off of what I've seen with the IS, I will buy this if it has a manual transmission. But it won't.
      Mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      The one thing that Infiniti really had over Lexus was the G coupe. The RC350 may be a hair slower than today's G37, but the F model has no announced rival from Infiniti. The IPL G was such a misstep - maybe this announcement will wake Infiniti up. I'm eager to see this car in finished form.
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mark
        Infinti never had really nothing over Lexus. The 2008 ISF wipes the floor with any infiniti. Lexus has performance and Luxury and reliability over infiniti.
          miketim1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miketim1
          yea yea yea. let the receipt and wow met up at the stop light and.lets see who brought the better car bro. sorry Infiniti needs to revamp its lineup
          RetrogradE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miketim1
          "never had really nothing. . ." Holy sh** that's bad.
          me
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miketim1
          This is false because the g sold more than the is. The Isf didn't come until later on and was a limited car of sorts. So while the Isf got a few wows the g coupe got all the receipts
          Alex Novosad
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miketim1
          Infiniti has price, though. That's a big consideration.
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      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think their new design language will work better on a coupe. The new IS it looks like someone stuck a body kit on the old IS.
      Mel @ aWingThing.COm
      Looks an awful lot like it's based on the FRS/BRZ platform.
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        @Mel @ aWingThing.COm
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        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mel @ aWingThing.COm
        it has a BRZ like roofline and window shape but it would of course not be using that platform. But that brings up an interesting idea, how about a lexus version of the BRZ? nah that would make it too heavy
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks quite promising. I've been a fan of the IS since the beginning and have always wondered how well a coupe version would do. Time to find out.
      mkM3
      • 1 Year Ago
      We'll it sounds like they've simply decided to use the name RC instead of IS Coupe then. Just like BMW has followed Audi and now uses a different name for coupe and sedan in this class too. Mercedes, ironically, is going the other direction now. If they stick with the 5L V8 and give it more revs to make that extra power, then this car definitely goes onto the possible buy list.
        mkM3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mkM3
        I should add - I would be pretty surprised if an RC convertible doesn't replace the IS convertible as well. There's no point in trying to massage a sedan body into an eye-pleasing drop top when you have a perfectly good coupe to start with instead.
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