By Euro Weekly News Media • 04 December 2013 • 12:50
LEXUS The next step: based on the GS model
LEXUS has unveiled the next step of its so-called ride and handling revolution, the new production-ready RC coupe.
The new coupe by the Japanese manufacturer will be available with two engines: 3.5l V6 teamed with an eight-speed sequential transmission and 2.5l hybrid system.
The dual injection 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine produces maximum power of 234kW at 6,400 rpm, and peak torque of 380 Nm at 4,800rpm.
An eight-speed Sports Direct Shift with paddle shift transmission optimises power delivery and economy.
In M (manual) mode full torque converter lock up from second to eighth gears allows for down changes in just 0.2 sec.
The hybrid variant – the first Lexus hybrid coupe – uses a dual-injected 2.5-litre four cylinder engine with a 105kW electric motor driven through an electronic continuously variable transmission with six step gears in a sequential shift-matic feature.
Based on the GS model platform, the coupe differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS model lines.
The RC features deeply contoured lines, and integrates the widest and lowest application yet of the Lexus spindle grille.
It is 30mm wider, 35mm lower and 70mm shorter in wheelbase than the new IS line, providing a road stance unique in the Lexus range.
The headlamp design adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif front and rear.
There are two choices of aluminium wheels, a 10-spoke 19-inch and a five-spoke 18-inch.
The RC interior stands out for making maximum use of contrasting colours, materials and lighting.
High contrast interior colours emphasize design lines and accentuates the elegant cabin, the manufacturer claims.
The driver’s cockpit is divided into operational and display zones.
The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered console integrates a new touch interface.
The seats use an integrated foaming construction method to ensure comfort and support.
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