The first UK public appearance of the brand new Lexus RC F has been celebrated in an exciting short film by the Japanese manufacturer.
The new sport coupe from Lexus debuted earlier this month at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The RC F tackled the famous hill climb course at the Goodwood House, and a newly published online video from Lexus shows exciting footage from that drive.
Due to launch in the UK in early 2015, this Lexus is a high performance derivative of the RC executive coupe. The RC F is equipped with the most powerful V8 engine Lexus has ever created for a road car. The 5.0-litre petrol unit offers plenty of pace, producing over 450bhp and a staggering 520Nm of torque.
Mated to this impressive engine is a sophisticated eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission. This can work in both semi-automatic and fully automatic settings.
Another major driving feature of the Lexus RC F is its advanced dynamic control system. This allows the driver to choose from one of three driving modes – ‘Standard’, ‘Slalom’ and ‘Track’. Each setting adjusts the traction, stability and control to suit different types of driving.
The F derivative also has unique styling features compared to the standard Lexus RC. The most noticeable difference is the strikingly large spindle grille at the front. Other styling updates include the bonnet air outlets and front cooling ducts. Most of the new styling cues were inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar.
The bodywork of the RC F is also lighter than the standard coupe, thanks to the inclusion of carbon fibre elements. These are used for parts including the bonnet, the roof and the active rear wing.
Meanwhile, the re-sculpted rear wheel arches also give the RC F model a more muscular and aggressive stance then the standard Lexus coupe.
Lexus is confidently pitching its new RC F coupe against other sporty and dynamic coupes like the BMW M4 and the Audi RS5.