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Lexus RC-F (2014) first teaser shot

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800

By Ollie Kew

First Official Pictures

09 December 2013 17:00

Lexus has confirmed a new F-model coupe will have wheels, a large vent inspired by the old IS-F super-saloon, and trademark ‘Ultra Blue’ paint.

This is the joy of teaser shots – a supposedly exciting drip-feed of detail pictures that actually make a car’s final reveal a complete anti-climax. Take note, Mini Vision concept and Corvette Z06…

Though Lexus won’t confirm as much (oh, the teases!), we’re expecting to see the hot new RC-F coupe launched at the Detroit motor show in January 2014. It’ll be joined at the show by the new BMW M4 coupe, which, mercifully, has been spared the teaser treatment, instead being all but revealed in ‘concept’ form earlier in 2013.

The lairy-looking two-door will add aerodynamic bodykit addenda to the already brash-looking RC coupe’s body, and likely have a wider track too, evidenced by the ‘F’ sprouting a huge cut-out aft of the front wheel. The love/hate stacked exhausts pipes will reappear on the RC-F’s rump.

Under the bonnet, Lexus could use the old IS-F’s 5.0-litre V8, or a honed version of the RC350's 3.5-litre V6, perhaps aided by electric motor propulsion to create a new niche of performance hybrid coupe. Reckon on a 0-62mph sprint from the rear-drive RC-F coupe in around 4.5sec, and a top speed of at least 155mph.

By Ollie Kew