Lexus has had a somewhat volatile relationship with coupes. The first-gen SC gave way to the bloated second-gen convertible, which itself went out of production three years ago. The LFA arrived the same year the SC departed, but awesome as it was, it's six-figure price tag and limited production put it well out of reach even for the brand's typical upscale customers. That left only the IS Convertible to hold down the two-door end of the lineup, but Lexus is keen to fill that void with the arrival of the upcoming RC.
Oft been spied and speculated, the RC has reportedly leaked out from Japan's Best Car magazine in tantalizing RC F spec - although with the increasing quality of renderings (and the graininess of the photos in question), we could be looking at an artist's impression. That will upgrade the base coupe's anticipated 3.5-liter V6 and 306 horsepower with a 5.0-liter V8 churning out 455 hp, along with more aggressive styling previewed by the LF-CC concept.

Signs point toward the RC serving as the coupe counterpart to the IS, while the IS Convertible is expected to carry on (either in current or facelifted form) on the outgoing model's platform. Look for a reveal at either the Tokyo Motor Show in November or the Detroit Auto Show in December.


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        kesando
        • 1 Year Ago
        I'm sure it didn't take much as the current IS-F responds well to basic boltons for a smaller NA V8
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      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of many mock-ups of the new sheriff in town. No reason to think Best Car knows any better what it will look like than anyone else does. What we do know is i will have a 5.0L V8 with 455 HP and 401 lb ft of torque, more powerful than the turbo-six headed to the BMW M3/M4, and it's coming through an 8-speed automatic. The Lexus RC should hit the streets next fall. BD
        mitytitywhitey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        The last time Toyota built an 'M3 killer' it was a bit squishy on debut,but improved in an update. Lets hope they've thought this one through a bit more than the intro IS-F.
          NamorF-Pro
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Nobody expected the ISF to actually "kill" the M3. It was a beginning to a new chapter in Lexus/Toyota engineering. The first fight always ends in a knockout bro. But it didn't go without a decent fight. I respect Lexus for doing this and stepping away from those early 21st century cars.
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        @Black Dyanmite
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          NamorF-Pro
          • 1 Year Ago
          Carguy, You seem like a hypocrite here. I defend Toyota and Lexus cuz they're f***ing awesome! On the other hand, do you work for BMW or anyone else you defend? Exactly! You don't. It's called mere opinion and facts. Lexus is no longer Germany's b**ch soon to be vice versa.
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          Black Dyanmite
          • 1 Year Ago
          All I did was state similar facts to what is being put forth in this post. I do not work for, or represent, Lexus in anyway. All facts and opinions are the sole property of the assigned..... BD
          mitytitywhitey
          • 1 Year Ago
          If he works for Toyota, he is hurting their reputation like crazy.
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        Stephen Mihalik
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        @Black Dyanmite
        We'll see which once is more powerful. BMW always underrates their HP figures, especially their turbo offerings. Put them both on a dyno and I 'm sure the M3/M4 will be putting down more power.
      DarkKnight67
      • 1 Year Ago
      Note to Lexus - just because you put a bunch of openings and vents in your car does not make it look sporty. It makes it look like it came from Pep Boys - rendering or not.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lexus has a very incestuous design language right now. It just feeds on itself making more wrinkles and creases without considering if it actually looks good. And the funny thing it, this seems like the exact opposite of what the current crop of Lexus buyers actually want. Atleast the interiors are nicely designed.
        ctsmith1066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bonehead
        ..... Incestuous?
          bonehead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ctsmith1066
          "Incestuous - excessively close and resistant to outside influence. Involving or guilty of incest" The design language is a constant feedback loop of itself. Each design builds on the last without any consideration of what looks good. It is design incest. The word fits perfectly.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      It doesnt matter if this is faster or slower then the M3/4..........cadillac ATS V is going to be king of the hill......*let the arguments begin lol
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      terrible front end
      BGJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a promotion with Nike for the headlamp design.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Theres something EVIL about a high performance Lexus. I love the idea.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      THIS is going to be bad ass. Thank you Lexus ! I dont think this is how the car is going to look this is just a render.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      And I thought the new design couldn't get any uglier... I was wrong
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      What the hell is an RC, and why does it also have those stupid ugly detached Nike check-mark led strips?
      PiCASSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't like it...
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