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Published Date: 06/11/2014

The highly anticipated Lexus RC is ever closer to UK release after the Coupe went on sale in Japan.
The Lexus RC Coupe

In Japan, the model will be available from launch with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine that develops over 300bhp - an 8-Speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission will also be included.

A Hybrid option will also be offered – badged as a RC 300h – the electric motor will be paired with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine.

Lexus aim to shift at least 80 RC models each month in Japan ahead of the January UK launch.

In the UK, the RC F will feature the Japanese marques most powerful V8 ever.

Producing a massive 471bhp, the V8 will get the RC F from a standing start to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 168mph.

The 5.0-litre engine pumps out a massive 530Nm of torque from 4,800 to 5,600rpm with a torque-vectoring differential added to improve power delivery fitted for the first time to a front/rear-wheel drive car.

External styling has been developed with aerodynamics in mind; the Lexus signature spindle grille has been given a mesh pattern with cooling ducts within the grille.

Huge L-shaped outlets just behind the front wings make a striking fashion statement whilst at the same time performing important cooling and aerodynamic functions.

The bonnet has also been raised to fit the V8 with a meshed centre scoop again providing an extra cooling effect and improved aerodynamics.

19-inch aluminium wheels have been fitted to help achieve better stability and reduce weight, with wide tyres providing superior grip and driving confidence on both urban roads and race circuits alike.

Inside, the RC F’s cabin is modelled on the exterior looks with added driver support and bespoke elements such as highly supportive seats and an all-new ambient lighting package.

Sales for the RC F are due to begin in January, with prices for the entry-level RC F starting from £49,461, with the RC F Carbon variant coming in at £55,295.

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