Lexus is finally ready to return to the coupe market with the new RC, and while we already saw it in Detroit, it brought the new RC 350 F Sport version for the Geneva Motor Show.

The car packs 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet from its 3.5-liter V6 and is meant to sit between the standard RC 350 Sport Coupe and the full bore RC F.

Most obvious when you glimpse the coupe is the more aggressive spindle grille with a new mesh treatment and dark, 19-inch F Sport wheels. The interior also receives a host of upgrades with Rioja Red leather and Silver Performance trim, plus perforated leather trim on the steering wheel and shift knob. There is a bit of LFA inspiration as well with the F Sport getting its moving center ring instrument display. It is not all about better style though because the coupe also gets adaptive dampers and an optional four-wheel steering system.

Expect to see the RC 350 F Sport growling in showrooms as soon as this fall, in the US.
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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

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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.


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      DarkKnight67
      • 9 Months Ago
      You can change the color, but it isn't getting any better looking.
      Eggmania
      • 9 Months Ago
      everyone whining in this thread wishes they had one
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm really sick of looking at this godawful car.
      Vien Huynh
      • 9 Months Ago
      just wait till u guys see it on the lot... I dislike the IS on the pics, but it is really nice in real world.
      Josh
      • 9 Months Ago
      Jeez, this, FRS/BRZ, new mustang, new 'cuda, new Alfa 'cuda sedan, Chevy SS, new camaro, new 4 series, etc It's been a long time coming but this is the AGE for driving.
      D E S I G N
      • 9 Months Ago
      could this be the result of automotive inbreeding? or perhaps the inbreeding of the designer's parents.hmmm.
        Andre Neves
        • 9 Months Ago
        @D E S I G N
        Possibly. It is known that inbreeding can cause many birth defects and abnormalities.
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      the only color this car could look half decent is black i guess
      jordanst2
      • 9 Months Ago
      That rear bumper...terrible.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 9 Months Ago
        @jordanst2
        The fake slats are just bad. Would've been better without them.
      dominantfella
      • 9 Months Ago
      The front is beautiful, from the back it looks like a camry and its ugly, the 306 hp is not going to be enough. This car needs a minimum of 340 hp or a turbo to keep up with the Germans.
        Bruce Lee
        • 9 Months Ago
        @dominantfella
        It'll keep up just fine with the 428 and if you want more power the RC-F's the car you want anyway.
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @dominantfella
        wow...we must have completely different tastes in women either :D
      bonehead
      • 9 Months Ago
      It has such a superbly beautiful, perfectly designed interior. Those seats would be at home in a ferrari. Then the outside just looks like it is desperate for attention no matter how much it destroys the aesthetic. This is very close to being an attractive car on the outside, but instead it comes off like a super model with a broken nose.
      ffelix422
      • 9 Months Ago
      Just as ugly as she "wanna be"... But they will sell like hotcakes.
      Hector Djibaou
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks purrrty, but powertrain wise ... yawn! Then again, Lexus doesn't target car guys/gals, hence why the same V6 under the IS350 is here. I get that F sport doesn't necessarly mean a better engine, but comeon Lexus, drop a turbo 4 in that IS250, or turbo 6 in the IS350 or something more interesting already.
        miketim1
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hector Djibaou
        The 350 has more then enough power to get you into serious trouble pretty quick
        StephenT
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hector Djibaou
        Turbo 4 is probably coming for 2015.
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