Rumbling into the slot between the Lexus RC 350 Sport Coupe and the RC F is this, the RC 350 F Sport. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the intergalactic malevolence of that spindle grille is given further aggression with a mesh treatment and 19-inch F Sport mesh wheels in dark metallic. Traditionally, F Sport models have also brandished unique fascias, but the standard RC is so visually aggressive to begin with, it still ought to throw quite a scare into rivals like the BMW 4 Series M Sport.

Bigger identifiers come in the cabin and under the skin, foremost being the redrum-reminiscent Rioja Red leather treatment and Silver Performance trim, perforated leather wrapped 'round the steering wheel and a moving center ring in the dash cluster inspired by the LFA. When the coupe is put into Sport+ mode, the included adaptive damping will kick in, and buyers can optionally order the four-wheel steering system when the car goes on sale in the US this fall.

There's a press release with info and specs below, a high-res gallery above and a bright lights, big city introduction on March 4 in Geneva.
Show full PR text
It's a Trifecta! - F SPORT Completes All-New Lexus RC Coupe Line-up

- RC 350 F SPORT joins RC 350 and RC F for 2015 Model Year
- Adaptive Variable Suspension Adjusts Damping to Help Maximize Agility
- 19-Inch Alloy Wheels Complement More Aggressive Exterior and Interior Design Features


GENEVA - Feb. 28, 2014 – And F SPORT makes three. Driving enthusiasts, get ready for more Lexus RC options from which to choose. When the all-new model launches in the U.S. this fall the 2015 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT will join the recently introduced RC 350 sport coupe and RC F performance model.

The RC 350 F SPORT will make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.
The RC is a stand-alone model rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan although it is built on the GS sedan platform. It has the same width as GS and a shorter wheelbase than the IS sedan to help achieve spirited handling and agility.

The RC 350 F SPORT, based on the RC 350, will feature exclusive design elements and enhanced driving performance.

The F SPORT's dynamic upgrades include Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the available Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. These features provide drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.

Design
Readily identified by a model-specific "F" mesh design, the RC 350 F SPORT features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille.

The unique 19-inch F SPORT mesh alloy wheels feature machine-finish and dark metallic paint.

The RC 350 F SPORT also inherits a descendant of the innovative LFA driver's meter with a moving center ring, and an F SPORT perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob. The interior design is completed by Silver Performance trim, an F SPORT-exclusive Rioja Red interior and seats with unique contrast stitching.

Driving Dynamics
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is part of the F SPORT package. In response to driving operation, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions, AVS automatically and independently adjusts the performance of the damping at all four wheels. When the vehicle's SPORT+ drive mode is selected, AVS changes to allow the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.

The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F SPORT are complimented by the available four-wheel steering benefits of the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. This leading edge platform technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

Monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs, the system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.

The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees. The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds, and in the same direction at higher speeds.

Lexus will introduce the RC 350 F SPORT at a press conference on March 4, at 8:45 a.m. Central European Time at Palexpo's hall 4, stand number 4211.

Specifications
RC 350 F SPORT
Length 184.8 in.
Height 54.9 in.
Width 72.4 in.
Wheelbase 107.5 in.
Seating capacity 4
Driven wheels Rear-wheel drive
Engine type 2GR-FSE
Cylinders V6
Horsepower 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 277 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission 8AT
Suspension Front: Double Wishbone / Rear: Multilink

# # #

Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 233 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 94 Comments
      Tamoor Chaudhry
      • 9 Months Ago
      I know a lot of people won't like the design, but I like it cause its something wildly different. Not conservative like the German automakers. It just looks so menacing. It might be a bit much for some people though.
      Cadillacftw
      • 9 Months Ago
      I actually like it, minus that ugly grill and the some what over done rear end. I think Lexus did pretty good with this car. I can not believe that so many people are complaining about this car though, do you guys not rememeber what kind of cars Lexus was building 5 years ago? You people are never happy with any thing.
      mikeybyte1
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looking at the close up picture of the front I realize why I take issue with the massive spindle grille. It is not form following function. It is form over function. The bulk of that grille is blocked off for air flow. So it is purely done for aesthetics. I realize that many grilles these days are similar, but with this giant top to bottom and across gaping mouth design and so much of it being pure bling.... just comes across as a bit cheesy. Not to mention it will probably be a real pain to keep clean. Ah well, at least it isn't boring.
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 9 Months Ago
      This looks better than the actual RC F. I hate that big hump on the front of the hood. This is a much cleaner design. But they do need to scale back on that grill. Maybe put a bar painted to color of the car though the middle of it or something.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 9 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        Something like the IS non F-Sport models would look nice.
      IBx27
      • 9 Months Ago
      The bottom of the grille could be a little less wide, but bravo to Lexus for staying true to the concept as much as possible. They kept the triple headlights, but they need to integrate the LED checks a little better at the edges to follow the lines of a traditional headlight housing.
      bookemd
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like this very much, I am not a fan of the Lexus grill, BUT for some reason it feels like it was made for this model, it looks very cool!
      PBH
      • 9 Months Ago
      man make that grill smaller and stop half way down it would look sick.
        Stylinred
        • 9 Months Ago
        @PBH
        then you would like the regular rc and not the f sport, the regular rc has the waterfall grill that only goes down halfway before meeting a bar
      Stylinred
      • 9 Months Ago
      I love this car, i'm currently in a S7 but even i'm considering picking this up it just speaks to me so positively! and who could imagine even the Top Gear folks love it!
      Elise
      • 9 Months Ago
      Very distinctive design. Basically very LEXUS, just like the LFA,that crazy design language from the LFA veryyyyyy paid off well for the RC Coupe,its got that IT factor,that je ne sais quoi,i don't know what it is. But it works very well.
      Georg
      • 9 Months Ago
      the next Lexus fail.... with such ugly design the Lexus sales in Germany will drop to 0... they already droped to under 50 a month ....
      Jimmy
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nice
      Fun Bus
      • 9 Months Ago
      Haha taking on European coupes?, well not in Europe where we won't buy that plastic dog ****.
        404 not found
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Fun Bus
        I like to talk crap about a product on the internet that I know nothing about that's not even out yet!
          Lachmund
          • 9 Months Ago
          @404 not found
          he's right. this garysh design won't sell over here.
    • Load More Comments