Feast your eyes, ladies and gentlemen, on the new Lexus RC coupe. With the exception of the six-figure LFA supercar, it's the first stand-alone two-door model to come from Toyota's premium brand since the demise of the SC, and it's coming to the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

With unmistakably Japanese styling, the Lexus RC is clearly inspired by the LF-CC and LF-LC concepts, and features the brand's signature spindle grille. Anyone who's been inside a contemporary Lexus should feel right at home inside the four-seat cabin, where the Japanese automaker has fitted ambient lighting that glows upwards instead of down, coupled with a new Remote Touch Interface.

Lexus has already announced two versions of the coupe: the conventional RC350 with a 3.5-liter gasoline engine and the RC300h with a 2.5-liter hybrid setup. It's all packed into a form that, for comparison's sake, is slightly larger than the new BMW 4 Series but markedly smaller (in every dimension but height) than a 6 Series.

We can expect more details to follow as the Tokyo show approaches, but in the meantime you can scope out the images in the gallery above and the press release below for a closer look.
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All-New Lexus RC Coupe to Make World Debut at the Tokyo Motor Show

- Striking concept-to-reality coupe explores new frontiers for Lexus.
- High performance V6 gas and hybrid powertrains accentuate the strong sport-nature of RC.
- New Lexus dedicated coupe with the most aggressive use yet of the iconic spindle grille.
- High contrast interior colors with unique new trim create a driver's cockpit that enhances the fun-to-drive intention of RC.


TOKYO - Nov. 4, 2013 - The all-new Lexus RC coupe will make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on Nov. 20,2013. The press conference will be held at 8:45 a.m. and a live webcast stream of the event will be available at http://www.lexus-int.com.

Two RC models will be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show – RC 350 with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, and the RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-liter engine. Today Lexus released photos of the all-new RC in advance of the world premiere. The RC line brings to life the luxury marque's focus on emotional appeal through a dynamic and alluring two-door coupe. It has been developed to raise the brand's profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers. It injects emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability.

Design Exterior
Lexus designers have infused the RC design with deeply contoured lines never before seen in the Lexus line-up. They have integrated the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille.
Triangular headlamps evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC styling while concept vehicle inspiration is evident in the unique three-lamp LED design. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity. The sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.

RC's aluminum wheels continue the concept-to-production design philosophy with two available combinations – a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version, each precision-machined and finished with elegant black and platinum center caps.

A new Lexus painting process that uses multiple layers of clear and deeper-colored coating brings the RC coupe to life with a brighter and more contrasting shade, especially on the racy red exterior.

Design Interior
Highly acclaimed sport concept vehicles have greatly influenced the interior of the RC coupe, with maximum use of contrasting colors, materials and lighting. A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a great sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the interior. High contrast interior trim, including a new tone called Clove, emphasize design lines and accentuate the elegant cabin. Genuine shimamoku wood highlights – the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus – are used to emphasize the surrounding trim.

The driver's cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered center console integrates a new Lexus first Remote Touch Interface.

Important for a coupe, the seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method – much like the molding of racing seats – to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support.
RC 350 RC 300h
Length / in. 184.8 184.8
Height/ in. 54.9 54.9
Width / in. 72.4 72.4
Wheelbase/ in. 107.5 107.5
Seating capacity persons 4 4
Engine type 3.5L Gasoline 2.5L HV


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      sfblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look at much better pictures than in the post to get a clearer idea of what it will look like in the link below. I personally think looking at a car upwards at 3/4 angle is horrible and makes the front overhang look long and ugly. When do we ever view a car in this way in person beats me. Proof that photographers who have no interest in cars should not be hired to take pictures of them. http://autoc-one.jp/motorshow/tokyo/2013/lexus/1530832/photo/0013.html
        CBR1000 Racer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sfblog
        Thanks for the link. The car is awesome!
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sfblog
        THANK YOU FOR THE LINK !!!!! The car looks freaking beautiful !~~!!!!!!! These pics AB posted do no justice ! This thing blows the BMW 4 coupe out the water
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sfblog
        Thanks for the clear up. Happened with the IS too.
      drew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still hate the spindle, but the design as a whole is pretty slick.
      CBR1000 Racer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it! I'm tired of the same old look of BMW's, the only difference between the 3, 4, 5 and 7 series is the overall size of the car since front and rear are pretty much the same; Audi's and now Mercedes is doing the same. Lexus design is bold; I can't wait to see either the V8 IS-F, to replace the current one or the RC-F version of this beauty... imagine this RC model tricked out to a "F" version? it will be the M4 coupe killer!
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now price is it right ,,and sign me up!!
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it. Want it. My only gripes are the vertical bars in the upper grille (prefer the lower grille treatment), and that semi-awkward negative surface on the fender from the A-pillar to the headlight. It may translate better in the metal than on my monitor though. Can't wait for the RC-F!
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      On the one hand, this styling language works better on this coupe than on the sedan. On the other hand, that grille is just too much.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        I could handle the grille on the IS, and I liked the LF-LC Concept, but this is just bad.
      Mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love or hate the front, the rest of the vehicle looks really nice. My biggest disappointment is the carry over of the 3.5L. While a fine engine, it does everything good and nothing great.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ignoring the gaping front end and the overwrought "diffusers" in the rear (please), there are a lot of appealing details to this design. I like the bowing side character line that terminates in the top of the taillights, and the way the chrome thickens at the base of the c-pillar as if it were blown back by the wind. Now if Lexus can only figure out how to combine expressive details with an overall more refined, restrained approach. Oh yeah, beautifully balanced handling would be nice too.
        shawn.kinner1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cpmanx
        the gaps are all over this car. I could never agree to spend more then 5k for a car this unattractive and having such a lack of refinement. Lexus is going down hill so bad
      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least you can't call them boring anymore. I think it looks alright. Now get to the choppa!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        At least the 1st gen SC had the GS's powertrain options though. This one is not really that much different than the out-going IS Convertible. Hopefully there'll be a V8 or Turbo V6 in its future? RC-F? I gotta say though, while I'm not entirely won over by how it looks in the photos, I think it'll look really good in black or dark charcoal.
      Thereminator
      • 1 Year Ago
      To-Yoda....I Am you Father!!! : )
      artso06
      • 1 Year Ago
      I happen to enjoy Lexus's new theme language. It's refreshing. However, this thing is a little gross. I'm struggling with how the surfacing looks in the round. It doesn't feel as polished as their concept cars. There is a LOT of awkward surfacing (especially over the wheel arches and headlights). In the end, I guess I'm wishing Lexus made one last pass at it...it's all there it just lacks refinement to me.
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artso06
        The problem isn't the lack of one more pass, it's the overabundance of passes to begin with. These new Lexi have been over-designed to a fault. This one looks like the sheetmetal was taken off, tied to a chair, and hit in the balls with a knotted rope.
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