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2015 Lexus RC F gets aggressive

Wed, 08 Jan 2014

Two years ago, Lexus brought the very forward-looking LF-LC concept to the Detroit auto show. We've seen bits and pieces of it -- most notably, that statement-making spindle grille -- make it to production cars. But the 2015 Lexus RC F sport coupe, which is coming to Detroit this year, may come the closest to fulfilling the promise of the concept of anything we've seen so far.

From what Lexus has revealed so far, the RC F coupe is basic RC coupe cranked up with a new body kit, sport-themed interior and a hotter V8 engine.

The RC F takes the Lexus F/high performance concept a little further than, say, the IS 350 F Sport when it comes to styling. There are scoops and ducts and an active rear spoiler (like the LFA, Lexus is quick to note!) that pops up when you hit 50 mph and then disappears once you drop below 25. The majority of the front fascia is swallowed up by that Lexus spindle grille. Don't let that scare you too much: It looks appropriately aggressive in this application, at least in photos.

We'll get a closer look at the Lexus RC F at the 2014 Detroit auto show.

We don't know all the details of the V8 that lurk under the RC F's heightened and scooped hood, but we can guarantee you that it's substantially more powerful than the 314 hp 3.5-liter V6 in the RS 350. We sure look the likes of the quad exhausts out back.

Photos from Lexus reveal what we can expect inside: Sculpted sport seats wear embossed "F" logos and there's a meaty steering wheel to grab a hold of. Five leather trims are reported to be available, though we've only been show a light tan and black combo so far.

The automaker tells us that the car has been “conceived with grit,” so we've got that to look forward to along with a full breakdown of pricing and performance figures. Stay tuned for more information after the RC F's official Detroit auto show reveal.

About the Detroit auto show

The North American International Auto Show, known to most as the Detroit auto show, continues to serve as a barometer for the entire industry. This year, we'll expect to see the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the 2015 Ford Mustang and the BMW M3 and M4. The 2014 Detroit auto show is held at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI and is open to the public from January 18-26.

By Graham Kozak