New Orange Lexus RC F Spotted in Japan

A New Orange Lexus RC F prototype has been spotted in Japan by Club Lexus member Mattspiral. As rumored, the orange exterior looks a few shades lighter than the IS F CCS-R — what do you think? [Source: Club Lexus via Joe-Z Performance]
Kevin · April 1st, 2014

New Information on the Lexus RC F Instrument Panel

The Lexus RC F instrument panel is a standout feature of the new high-performance coupe, and today we have details on the deeper functions — here’s a graphic from Diario Motor with the various modes (click for a larger version): In addition to three different tachometer designs, there appears to be a built-in G sensor, …
Kevin · March 25th, 2014

More Images of the Lexus RC F in New Orange

Lexus Singapore has posted two renderings of the RC F in the New Orange exterior color — here’s one in a higher resolution than the image above: (After my post about the color last week, I received emails from a couple sources letting me know the RC F Orange will be a few shades lighter …
Kevin · March 24th, 2014

Video: Inside the Lexus RC F GT500 Race Car

There’s a new Lexus Racing video with in-car footage of the RC F GT500 race cars: There are six Lexus RC F GT500 teams taking part in the 2014 SuperGT season, which starts April 6th at the Okayama International Circuit.
Kevin · March 21st, 2014

Virtual Lexus RC F in New Orange

After a couple weeks curious about the Lexus RC F interactive ad in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, I finally had a chance to see it for myself. While it does require installing a new app, the ad works very well — I only have my iPhone for screenshots, but here’s the RC F in …
Kevin · March 20th, 2014

Lexus RC F Pre-Order Brochure Released

Lexus dealerships in the USA have received the first edition of the RC & RC F pre-order guide, and there’s plenty of new information included in the four-page brochure. There’s no pricing information released, but here’s all the information regarding the RC F, including the tentative packages available for TX, OK, LA, AR, MS, TN, …
Kevin · March 17th, 2014

Ultrasonic Blue Lexus RC F Spotted in California

It’s not just a black Lexus RC F cruising around California — Lexus Enthusiast reader Yoshi sent in a few highway shots of the model in Ultrasonic Blue: Definitely prefer this Ultrasonic Blue to the half-painted black RC F we’ve seen — looks much better on the road. (Thanks Yoshi!)
Kevin · March 17th, 2014

Photo Gallery: The ENEOS Lexus RC F GT500

Autosport Web has a few photos of the ENEOS Lexus RC F GT500 from a recent fan appreciation day: ENEOS driver Kazuya Oshima also posted this photo from the paddock: There are six Lexus RC F GT500 teams taking part in the 2014 SuperGT season, which starts April 6th at the Okayama International Circuit. [Source: …
Kevin · March 14th, 2014

More Photos of the Black Lexus RC F

More photos of the black RC F in California arrived in my inbox today, this time from Lexus Enthusiast friend Guy from Endles Automotive: With the car stationary, we get a good look at a new set of previously unseen optional wheels — what do you think of the new design? (Thanks Guy!)
Kevin · March 13th, 2014

More Information on the Lexus RC F’s Horsepower

Motoring Australia has more information on the ongoing mystery of the Lexus RC F’s final horsepower figure: “More than 450 horsepower” – or 335kW – is the inkling as to the new car’s performance. But even that number is due to change, with engineers still working on enhancements tipped to add another 10 or 15kW. Lexus …
Kevin · March 12th, 2014

Black Lexus RC F Prototype Spotted in California

Club Lexus member Rominl has posted photos of a black Lexus RC F prototype cruising the highways of Southern California — here’s a couple shots from the gallery: Not much in the way of detail, but these are likely only the first photos to be seen online — I’ve been looking forward to seeing the …
Kevin · March 11th, 2014

First Live Photo of Full Lexus RC F Carbon Fiber Package

The latest episode of Japanese television show Super GT Plus featured the very first live look at the Lexus RC F in its full carbon fiber performance package — so far, this is the only image I’ve seen from the show: This RC F looks to be the same model featured in the official launch …
Kevin · March 10th, 2014

Interview with Lexus RC F Chief Engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi

As mentioned earlier this week, Lexus RC F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi participated in a Q&A during the Geneva Motor Show, answering questions from enthusiasts about the new Lexus high-performance coupe. The final interview has been posted by Lexus Europe — here’s some of the questions Yaguchi-san answered: Erich Kerner: Is the RC F Coupe …
Kevin · March 7th, 2014

Photo Gallery: The ZENT CERUMO Lexus RC F GT500

The ZENT CERUMO Lexus RC F GT500 recently took part in a fan appreciation day at the Suzuka circuit in Japan — here are some photos from Racerlink & Autosport Web: There are six Lexus RC F GT500 teams taking part in the 2014 SuperGT season, which starts April 6th at the Okayama International Circuit.
Kevin · March 5th, 2014

A Closer Look at the Lexus RC F

Lexus revealed the RC F coupe at the Detroit Auto Show last month. It’s the brand’s first high-performance production car since the release of the LFA supercar in 2010, and will play a leading role in the brand’s new “fun to drive” direction. While much of the RC F still remains a mystery, here are …
Kevin · February 26th, 2014

360° Tour of the Lexus RC F

The Lexus International RC F product page has a very cool 360° tour of the high-performance coupe, showing it off from every perspective. (My favorite angle is straight on — I think the RC F is the single best interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille so far.) View the Lexus RC F in full rotation
Kevin · February 19th, 2014

Video: Lexus RC F Engine installed in the IS F CCS-R

As previously mentioned, the Lexus IS F CCS-R race car that participated in both the Pikes Peak Hill Climb & 25 Hours of Thunderhill was powered by the 450+ horsepower 5.0L V8 engine from the upcoming RC F — here’s a video of Lexus mechanics swapping the engine: No two ways about it, the sound …
Kevin · February 18th, 2014

Rendered: Lexus RC F on Vossen Precision Series Forged Wheels

Using some Photoshop magic and a dose of creativity, Vossen Wheels has managed to create the first modified Lexus RC F months before its official release date: Rendered by Hugo Silva, this RC F has been done up with forged wheels from Vossen’s upcoming Precision Series. Makes for quite a bold look, and shows off …
Kevin · February 4th, 2014

Jeremy Clarkson “Quite Likes” the Lexus RC F

The new season of Top Gear starts tonight, so it’s only fitting to share what presenter Jeremy Clarkson said about the Lexus RC F on Facebook: Hate to admit I quite like it. If Clarkson’s transformation from Lexus-basher to reluctant Lexus enthusiast shows anything, it’s that the brand’s new focus on performance & design can …
Kevin · February 2nd, 2014

Lexus IS F CCS-R Used as Secret Development Car for RC F V8 Engine

It’s been widely reported that the Lexus IS F CCS-R racecar was essential to the development of the new RC F high performance coupe, and now we’ve found out just how far this influence runs. Lexus USA marketer Jim Lee announced on Instagram today that the IS F CCS-R that raced at Pikes Peak and …
Kevin · January 23rd, 2014

Lexus RC F in Black, Gray, Red & Yellow

How will the Lexus RC F look in colors other than Ultrasonic Blue? Lexus Enthusiast Facebook fan Alaa Tarawneh sent in these photoshopped samples: While I’m not sure yellow is necessary no matter what the competition is doing, the RC F in black is going to be hard to beat — just plain mean looking. (Thanks …
Kevin · January 23rd, 2014

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F GT500 Racecar in Detail

At this point, we’ve all seen the Lexus RC F GT500 display from the Tokyo Auto Salon, but Lexus International has just posted up some great photos of the racecar and its super-stylish mannequin pit crew: Can’t wait to see how the Lexus Super GT teams customize their RC Fs, it’s going to be quite …
Kevin · January 22nd, 2014

Imagining a Lexus RC F Convertible

One week after its release, two photochoppers have cut the roof off the Lexus RC F and imagined it as a convertible — first off is this design from X-Tomi: There’s also this photochop by Garrett Bradford: A convertible RC model is likely to be a safe bet, but will Lexus make an RC F …
Kevin · January 21st, 2014

Videos: The Lexus RC F at the Detroit Auto Show

It’s been a week since the Lexus RC F revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, and that makes it a great time to revisit the coupe’s debut — let’s start with Kelly Blue Book, who have some nice footage from the show floor: Here are three short, high-quality videos of the new coupe: This last …
Kevin · January 20th, 2014

More Information on the Lexus RC F Carbon Fiber Package

Outside of North America, the Lexus RC F carbon fiber package will also include the lightweight hood — here are some photos showing off the package with an Ultrawhite RC F: By utilizing the knowledge gained in creating the LFA, Lexus is able to augment their high-performance models with straight-from-the-factory carbon fiber — this is …
Kevin · January 19th, 2014

Videos: Lexus RC F Virtual Driving Experience

Right beside the Lexus RC F display at the Detroit Auto Show was a demo of the high-performance coupe in action on the track — here’s my attempt to film the experience: There’s also this video from Kaizen Factor that focuses strictly on the gauges: The sound coming from the demo sounded real to me, …
Kevin · January 15th, 2014

Video: Introducing the New Lexus RC F

Here’s the video shown right before the Lexus RC F’s live reveal at yesterday’s press conference: It’s not as wild as the videos from the IS & RC launches, but listen closely and you can hear the snarl and roar of that V8 engine — that’s the best way to introduce “The Next F”.
Kevin · January 15th, 2014

Lexus RC F Press Photo Gallery

A massive new collection of official Lexus RC F photos were released today — let’s start with the North American edition of the high-performance coupe: (I believe the single difference between the North American & non-North American versions is the hood — at this point, the RC F will not be available with a carbon …
Kevin · January 14th, 2014

Latest Information on the Lexus RC F

The Lexus RC F was revealed today at the Detroit Auto Show, and there’s plenty of new information out there — let’s start at the beginning with the full press release and a selection of new photos. Want power, precision and passion? Lexus revealed its most powerful V8 engine in the all-new 2015 RC F …
Kevin · January 14th, 2014

Live Video: The Debut of the Lexus RC F

Lexus will broadcasting the debut of the RC F coupe from the Detroit auto show, here’s the full live stream: (Don’t forget to follow the Lexus Enthusiast liveblog both before and after the RC F’s debut.)
Kevin · January 14th, 2014

Live Coverage: Lexus at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

The 2014 North American International Auto Show starts today, and I’m here at the Cobo Center in Detroit to bring you live Lexus coverage from the show floor both today and tomorrow. The big news from Lexus is the debut of the RC F high-performance coupe, which will be revealed at 8:45am EST tomorrow. I’m …
Kevin · January 13th, 2014

Car & Driver Preview of the Lexus RC F

Information on the Lexus RC F just keeps on coming, with some interesting new details in Car & Driver’s coverage of the new high-performance coupe: [Chief Engineer Yukihiko] Yaguchi tells us that rather than Lexus developing the standard model first and then modifying it to meet performance targets, that the RC and the RC F …
Kevin · January 13th, 2014

More Photos of the Lexus RC F GT500 Race Car

Carview Japan has more photos of the Lexus RC F GT500 racecar on display this weekend at the Tokyo Auto Salon — here’s a selection: (There’s even more photos over at Autoguide & Response.) There’s also a video of the Lexus Racing booth, starring the two-tone Umbrella girl: (Booming music, tuxedo race suits & top …
Kevin · January 12th, 2014

Motor Trend Feature on the Lexus RC F

Motor Trend has more details on the Lexus RC F, starting with additional information on 5.0L V8 engine: This engine shares only its basic cylinder block with that of the outgoing IS F sedan. The cylinder heads and all moving parts are completely new. Friction reductions allow the engine to rev 500 rpm faster than …
Kevin · January 9th, 2014

Video: Autoguide Tour of the Lexus RC F

Autoguide also had an advance look at the Lexus RC F, and have released a video with some nice footage: (While expected, I’m very impressed with how Lexus has used the IS F as a template for the RC F — the design elements like the giant hood, the side vents, and quad exhausts come …
Kevin · January 9th, 2014

Video: Lexus RC F in Detail

Along with the official photos, Lexus also released some footage of the new RC F — the video is a completely silent affair, and shows the coupe in great detail: There’s a few choice moments in the video, including the speed-sensitive active rear spoiler in action at the 2:14 mark of the video — here’s …
Kevin · January 8th, 2014

More Details on the Lexus RC F

Exciting information ahead — Automobile Magazine has published an in-depth feature on the Lexus RC F, with a gallery of exclusive photos — let’s start off with a selection of images: Automobile Magazine confirms that the RC F will have the same 5.0L V8 engine as the IS F, though it’s been deeply revised and …
Kevin · January 8th, 2014

Lexus RC F High-Performance Coupe Revealed

After months of camouflaged prototypes and plenty of guesswork, Lexus has released the first official photos of the new Lexus RC F high-performance coupe — let’s start off with the full press release. Giving new meaning to “back to the grind,” the daily commute is now transformed into a day at the track with the …
Kevin · January 8th, 2014

Camouflaged Lexus RC F Prototype Shown in Official Video

One week before the debut of the RC F coupe at the Detroit Auto Show, Lexus International has released two videos with Yukihiko Yaguchi, chief engineer of the IS F and likely a key figure in the development of the new high-performance coupe: In the second video, a camouflaged RC F can been seen on …
Kevin · January 7th, 2014

Photos: Lexus RC Super GT500 Race Car in Matte Black

The Japanese Super GT ZENT CERUMO team have begun testing their new GT500 Lexus RC, which has been all decked out in a matte black paint job: According to Autosport Web, the ZENT RC hit 280km/h and lapped the Fuji Speedway in 1:30.906 — as a point of reference, the pole position lap during last …
Kevin · January 2nd, 2014

Lexus RC F to be Powered by 460 Horsepower V8?

The Lexus RC F will be powered by a V8 with 460 horsepower, according to a Detroit Auto Show VIP event invitation leaked by Autoblog — here’s the invite in full (click for a larger version): Judging by the website, this event looks to be hosted by local dealerships (RSVP page asks to select one …
Kevin · December 30th, 2013

Is this the Lexus RC F?

A convincing rendering of the Lexus RC F has been published in an unnamed Japanese magazine — here’s the full page: While there’s been some talk that this might be the real thing, comparing the rendering with the second teaser image shows the truth — the deep lines in the hood reaching to the front …
Kevin · December 30th, 2013

Lexus Releases Second Teaser Image of F Performance Model

Lexus has released another teaser image of the F performance model set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January — here the photo in high-resolution (click for the larger image): Believed to be a high-performance version of the RC that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, this photo shows a …
Kevin · December 19th, 2013

Lexus RC F, Illustrated

Building off the teaser photo released this week, Leftlane News has created an illustration of what the new Lexus RC F might look like — here it is in higher resolution: It’s certainly a valiant attempt, though I have to think the RC F will retain the standard RC’s 3-L headlights and separated daytime running …
Kevin · December 13th, 2013

Lexus Announces RC F to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

Lexus today confirmed that the F performance model will be making its debut at the Detroit Autoshow in January — here’s the full high-resolution teaser image: Not much can been seen in the photo other than the Michelin Pilot Super Sports and the large fender side vent, but this is clearly a F version of …
Kevin · December 9th, 2013

More Lexus F High-Performance Models in the Works?

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 …
Kevin · November 13th, 2013

Video: New Lexus Race Car for 2014 Super GT Season

SUPER GT has released a new video of the Lexus, Honda, & Nissan race cars scheduled to take over the GT500 series in 2014: Although there’s still two races in the 2013 season, it’s hard not to look forward to the next generation of race cars — all of the fresh changes should make for …
Kevin · October 21st, 2013

Imagining the Lexus RC F CCS-R Super Performance Coupe

Using the Lexus LF-CC concept as a starting point, Japanese magazine CAR TOP has designed a RC F wearing the orange & black paint job of the IS F CCS-R: It may a hodgepodge of letters, but the RC F CCS-R should be a reality once the new Lexus coupe is revealed — my expectation …
Kevin · October 21st, 2013

Should the Production Lexus RC F Look Like This?

Another day, another rendering of the rumored Lexus RC F — this time, Japanese magazine Best Car takes a guess at what the Lexus coupe might look like (click images for a larger version): Illustrating the RC F is well traveled territory (see examples one, two, three, four, five) — most look good from the …
Kevin · September 24th, 2013

More Illustrations of the Rumored Lexus RC F Coupe

The September issue of Japanese magazine Holiday Auto has a five-page spread on the upcoming Lexus RC F, and included in the article are several illustrated attempts at what the new Lexus coupe might look like — here are the full pages (click for higher resolution): As is the case with any Japanese magazines, I’m …
Kevin · September 17th, 2013

Imagining the 2015 Lexus RC F

Using recent spy photos as inspiration, Top Speed has tried recreating the Lexus RC F without camouflage.
Kevin · August 4th, 2013

Lexus RC Coupe Prototype Spotted!

By way of Mag-X, here’s the very first spyshot of the Lexus production coupe based on the LF-CC concept.
Kevin · February 28th, 2013