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Lexus RC F confirmed for Detroit debut, 343kW V8

December 28, 2013

For the past few weeks Lexus has been releasing teasers of its soon-to-be-revealed new F model. The company has now confirmed, via an invitation, it will be introducing the RC F at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

Lexus-LF-CC-concept

As suspected, Lexus is planning to introduce a high-performance version of the new RC model. The RC is essentially a two-door coupe version of the IS sedan, with the RC F set to be the replacement for the IS F sedan. It’s unclear at this stage if the IS F sedan will continue.

The company not only revealed the nameplate but also some specs on the engine, with the invitation saying the RC F “will carry a 460hp V8 under the hood”.

The power figure (343kW) is quite a lot more than what is offered in the current IS F, which pumps out 311kW and 505Nm. Although the capacity is yet to be revealed, it’s believed the RC F will use a tweaked iteration of the IS F’s 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8.

It’s also expected to be matched up to the brilliant eight-speed sports automatic transmission with a solid limited-slip-differential-equipped rear end. The formula is likely to see 0-100km/h times in around 4.5 seconds, or around 0.4 seconds quicker than the current IS F.

Market entry dates are yet to be announced, however, all details will be uncovered at the car’s unveiling at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The show runs from January 13-26.

(Above image: Lexus LF-CC concept)

Lexus RC F invitation

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.