It feels like there is a secret law in Germany mandating that every domestic automaker there must offer at least one model with a four-door coupe bodystyle like the BMW Gran Coupes, Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7. Several of the German brands even have the swoopy sedans in multiple sizes. So far, Lexus has stayed out of that fray, but maybe not for long, if a recently spotted test car makes it to market.

The brand is known to be testing a highly styled four-door coupe, roughly the size of the GS, under heavy camouflage. Little is known about the new model at the moment, but its existence makes sense. If it really wants to take the on Germans, Lexus is going to have to fight them toe-to-toe with competing models – especially with ones understood to have high margins.

Pictured above is a rendering from artist Theophilus Chin imagining a slightly smaller take on the genre based on the RC coupe, which he calls the RC GT. His design leaves the original shape almost untouched, but shortens the front doors to allow room for a rear doors under the arching roof. His GT would be aimed more against the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and rumored Mercedes-Benz C-Class four-door coupe, rather than the larger models Lexus actually appears to be targeting with its vehicle under development. His concept certainly nails the look, though, and while it might not have a basis in reality, we thought that it's well-resolved enough that you'd want to take a look, if only as a "what could've been" flight of fancy.


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      drew
      • 6 Months Ago
      This four-door coupe nonsense really needs to stop.
      Scooter
      • 6 Months Ago
      It's nice but I don't understand the need to fill every imaginable class. The industry is entering an era of brand dilution.
      to your email L
      • 6 Months Ago
      aka another 4 door with a cramped rear seat, c'mon automakers you can do better.
      cbamft
      • 6 Months Ago
      Since there's no such thing as a four-door coupe (no matter what marketing departments headed by 'failing-upwards' executives insist on), I'm going to go with: This is what a Lexus RC with four doors would look like if it looked different from a normal Lexus RC.
      mikemaj82
      • 6 Months Ago
      Four door coupe? No such thing.
      carguy1701
      • 6 Months Ago
      Not feeling it.
      Adrian Elliot
      • 6 Months Ago
      Just stop.
      TonyMitch
      • 6 Months Ago
      The same people that are complaining about trying to fill every niche, are the same folks that would complain about lack of choices.
      jonnybimmer
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks pointless. Normally I'm all for sport sedans, but in this case, just let the great looking RC stay a coupe. Lexus has done a great job following the Germans when they ought to and sticking with their own path when they see a better route, so please do not follow the German's and their impractical-sedans-labeled-coupes nonsense. Same goes with their recent obsession with sedan-crossovers-labeled-coupes; don't do it.
      kontroll
      • 6 Months Ago
      another visual vomit from toyota....how many more baby boomer idiots are still alive buying these crapola toyota luxury wannabes. I know a few 85 year old people who own lexus and they don't go away.
        Helix
        • 6 Months Ago
        @kontroll
        Stick to your overpriced mercedes and FWD audis.
        Jai
        • 6 Months Ago
        @kontroll
        If the likes of you bothered to drive the new IS/RC you'd understand that they drive remarkably well. Plus the naturally aspirated V6 sounds much better than any turbocharged 6 cylinder from Germany, while making similar power. Only badge ****** would choose an E350 coupe or 435i Coupe over an RC350 because it really is that good. I wouldn't refer to the company that made the LFA as "crapola". Back on topic: 4 door coupes are a farce. Why not just call them sedans? :/
      Andre Neves
      • 6 Months Ago
      The only morons who are actually embracing(and in this case encouraging) this whole new "4-door coupe" are the press. It's almost like the industry is running out of ideas and trying to trick the public into buy new crap...which isn't really new but just rehashed ideas.
      herrstreet
      • 6 Months Ago
      The most offensive looking cars on the road seek to make a halo car for their design language...
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