New model to officially bow in Tokyo; be available mid-2014

The once-concept Lexus LF-LC has now grown up and become the production-ready Lexus RC. It will replace the Lexus IS coupe in the automaker’s sport-luxury lineup.

Two models will be available: the RC350 equipped with a 3.5L V6 and the RC 300h hybrid with 2.5L engine.

More details will be available November 20 when the wraps officially come off at the Tokyo Motor Show. However, we do know it will be available at dealer lots sometime in mid-2014.

Press release and images below.


  • Striking concept-to-reality coupe that explores new frontiers for Lexus, including the first use of “sexy” as a design catchphrase.
  • High performance V6 petrol and hybrid powertrains accentuate the strong sports-nature of RC.
  • New styling direction for Lexus in a dedicated coupe with the most aggressive use yet of the iconic spindle grille.
  • High contrast interior colors with unique new trim create a driver’s cockpit that enhances the fun-to-drive intention of RC.

The all-new Lexus RC will make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20 2013. A press conference will be held at 8.45am, and live webcast streaming of the event will be available at

RC will have two models in its range – RC 350 with 3.5L V6 engine, and the RC 300h hybrid with 2.5L engine. Today Lexus released photos of the all new RC in advance of its world premier on Nov 20th.

The RC Line brings to life the luxury marque’s focus on emotional appeal through a dynamic and alluring two-door coupe. It has been developed to raise the brand’s profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers. It injects emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability.

Design exterior
Lexus designers have infused the RC design with deeply contoured lines never before seen in the Lexus line-up. They have integrated the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille.

Triangular headlamps evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC design while concept vehicle inspiration is evident in the unique three-lamp LED design. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity.

The sharp, thin design of the rear combination lamps adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif.

RC’s aluminum wheels continue the concept-to-production design philosophy with two available combinations – a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version, each precision-machined and finished with elegant black and platinum center caps.

The hero color is red – featuring brighter and more contrasting shade made possible by a new Lexus painting process that uses multiple layers of clear and deeper-colored coating.

Design interior
Highly acclaimed sports concept vehicles have greatly influenced the interior of the RC coupe, with maximum use of contrasting colors, materials and lighting.

A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a great sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin.

High contrast interior trim, including a startling new tone called Clove, emphasize design lines and accentuate the elegant cabin.

Genuine shimamoku wood highlights – the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus – are used to emphasize the surrounding trim.

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 center console integrates a new Lexus first Remote Touch Interface.

Importantly for a coupe, the seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method – much like the molding of racing seats – to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support.

RC 350
RC 300h
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Engine type
3.5L Gasoline
2.5L HV
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