More Lexus F High-Performance Models in the Works?

2015 Lexus RC 350

Lexus International executive vice president Mark Templin shared his first public comments on the upcoming RC coupe with Motoring Australia:

“The car is great because it is wider than IS, it’s got the track width of GS, it’s shorter than IS. It’s got bits from both of those cars and it’s going to be a kick ass driver’s car with a lower centre of gravity and some other things that will make it a fantastic car to drive.

“It will also get people excited about Lexus design.”

Templin also discusses the possibility of high performance F models in the future:

Putting the unique limited edition LFA Supercar aside, there has only been one F ‘halo’ model developed and that’s the V8-powered second generation IS launched in 2007. But along with the RC F a GS F is expected soon.

“F is an important part of our forward strategy,” Templin added. “At each step I want to have halo cars that make the brand, make people passionate about Lexus.”

While the thread of performance has been woven throughout the lineup, true F ‘halo” models are necessary to bring the next level of creditability to Lexus — prototypes for both the RC F & GS F have been spotted at the Nürburgring in Germany, and going by Templin’s quote, we could see more high-performance models throughout the range.

Read the full Motoring Australia RC Interview (Thanks Matthew!)