Raw power, distinctive looks and advanced features that clearly separate it from the rest. Lexus’ RC F is more than just a powerful coupe. It is a whole new dimension for Lexus.The RC F has an all-new 5.0-liter 32-valve engine that provides maximum power at higher engine revolutions than previously possible. The engine is Lexus’ most powerful engine, with 12 per cent more power than the IS F engine on which it is based.
The RC F is the world’s first front-engine, rear-wheel-drive car to make use of a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) for guaranteed levels of extraordinary handling and performance. Power is transferred through a newly calibrated eight-speed transmission. It has wider wheels and tyres, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and carbon fibre components all of which integrate to deliver the best from Lexus in terms of ‘functional beauty’.
The new RC F has a Lexus-first new mode with its Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM) system. VDIM with sport mode is exclusive to F models and the newly added EXPERT mode in VDIM OFF mode operates to prevent the vehicle going into a spin. EXPERT extends the control parameters to deliver a high performance level suited to the RC F. Before being adopted on RC F, the new VDIM technology was refined through repeated testing on race cars.
The RC F’s striking, cockpit-like interior enhances the overall driving dynamics with its unique components which include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The steering wheel is unique to RC F to provide firm grip and operation.
A carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) package, on hood, roof and rear spoiler which are available as options achieves about 10kg weight reduction and adds to the aggressive stance of RC F. In the interior of the car, the RC F’s all-new combination meters provide a wide range of easy-to-read information for the four drive modes.
The primary instrument gauge has been developed from LFA with extra enhancements which can be viewed at a glance, an essential requirement of track-day activity. The combination meters include a large centrally mounted tachometer that alters according to drive mode, digital and analogue speedometer, differential torque vectoring monitor, G-Force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, mileage information and a stopwatch. The RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel for greater control during performance driving.
The RC F coupe has an improved 8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission, to suit the higher engine speeds of RC F’s new engine and deliver a more linear response to accelerator pedal action and hence a more dynamic feeling to driving the new sports coupe. It has four driver-selectable modes – NORMAL, SPORT S, SPORT S+ mode, which has full torque-converter lock-up from second to eighth gears for ‘clutchless’ manual shifting.
The RC F benefits from the same comprehensive array of safety features that is characteristic of today’s Lexus range, and comes equipped with dual-stage driver’s airbag, dual-stage and dual-chamber front passenger airbag, driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain-shield airbags. The side-curtain airbag size has been enlarged for increased side-collision compatibility. Additional safety features include remote anti-theft alarm system, front and rear parking sensors, child seat anchors, engine immobilizer, stability and traction control.
The vehicle’s Pre-Collision System (PCS) is engineered to detect an imminent frontal collision and automatically prepares the emergency braking assist to help provide increased braking pressure the moment the driver steps on the brake pedal. To help drivers maintain a preset following distance from the vehicle ahead, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses radar technology to sense the speed of any vehicles in front of them, with the throttle automatically reduced and the brakes applied should the coupe get too close to the vehicle ahead.
Additional safety features include the Blind Spot Monitor, which can warn the driver if it detects vehicles in the blind spots of the adjacent lanes, and the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert designed to provide peace of mind when backing out of a parking space by notifying the driver of vehicles approaching from either side.
The RC F’s cabin also has a lot of additional passive safety features, including head-impact absorbing structures in each pillar and the roof head lining. An abdomen-absorbing impact structure has been added to the door armrest, while the lower door trim and the lower rear-quarter panel trim have impact-absorbing material designed to protect the occupant’s hip and lower back in a side collision.
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