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Lexus RC. Click to enlarge.

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled the new RC 350 and RC 300h hybrid variant sports coupes scheduled for launch in the second half of 2014. The platform is based on the GS package, enabling the use of large-diameter wheels. The wide tread and a wheelbase that is 70 mm shorter than the IS further highlight the sporty design and nimble handling.

Two powertrains are available: a 3.5-liter gasoline powertrain and a 2.5-liter Lexus Hybrid Drive. The RC 300h hybrid utilizes a 2.5-liter 2AR-FSE engine with D-4S1 direct injection technology for high power and fuel economy.

The dual injection 3.5-liter V6 gas engine produces maximum power of 314 hp at 6,400 rpm, and peak torque of 280 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm. An eight-speed Sport Direct Shift with paddle shift transmission adapted from the ISF performance sedan optimizes power delivery and fuel economy. In manual (M) mode full torque converter lock up from second to eighth gears allows for down changes in just 0.2 seconds.

The hybrid variant—the first Lexus hybrid coupe—uses a dual-injected 2.5-liter four cylinder engine with a 105 kW electric motor driven through an electronic continuously variable transmission with six step gears in a sequential shift-matic feature.

The RC coupe will be offered in rear wheel drive and all-weather drive (AWD), however availability will vary by market.

The lightweight high-rigidity body utilizes high-rigidity rocker panels and advanced production technologies such as laser screw welding and structural adhesive for better driving stability.

The RC 350 employs an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission, achieving the smooth acceleration of a multi-speed automatic transmission, and provides the direct feel of switching gears in a mere 0.2 seconds while in the M position. The hybrid is equipped with an electric continuously variable transmission.

Key Specifications for Lexus RC Sports Coupe
  RC350 RC300h
Powertrain 2WD (FR) 2WD (FR)
Engine type 3.5-liter V6 (2GR-FSE) 2.5-liter I4 (2AR-FSE)
Max engine output (kW [hp] /rpm) 234 [314]/6,400 131 [176]/6,000
Max engine torque (N-m [lb-ft] /rpm) 380 [280]/4800 221 [163]/4,200-4,800
Motor output (kW) na 105
Max motor torque (N-m [lb-ft] na 300 [221]
Combined max output (kW [hp]) 162 [217]
Transmission 8-Speed SPDS (2WD) e-CVT

The RC offers several advanced technology features including an updated Spot Monitor and newRemote Touch Interface (RTI).

RC is the first Lexus to adopt the revised Blind Spot Monitor system which detects vehicles that are approaching from behind at a higher speed and from a greater distance than is covered by the current system.

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