Fiery Lexus RC F set for big Detroit unveiling

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2013.12.10 LPMPD

Lexus is poised to launch a potent 'F' version of its already overtly sporting RC coupe concept at the Detroit motor show next week.

The model comes equipped with a new 5.0-litre V8 engine that is said to produce in excess of 450bhp and, if released into the wild, will become the most powerful road-going V8 car Lexus has ever produced.

Exterior styling includes hints of the former IS-F model that previously sat at the top of the Lexus performance saloon range but features an enormous new 'spindle' grille that extends to the low front skirts to further highlight the Tarmac-grazing presence.

"The form of each component is carefully designed to contribute to performance," said Yukihiko Yaguchi, RC F Chief Engineer.

"Unique air outlets in the bonnet and rear section of the front wings contribute to optimum engine cooling and handling stability. They create a powerful look that immediately conveys the expectation of a dynamic driving experience," he added.

Performance figures are yet to be unveiled but expect the rear-wheel-drive RC F to tackle the 0-60mph sprint in around 4.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of around 170mph.

The feisty vehicle is clearly an attempt to stick it to German rivals such as the upcoming BMW M4, the Audi RS5 and Mercedes' upcoming turbocharged C63 AMG model, but Lexus has opted to stick to natural aspiration in its engine and will likely come out on top of the performance fight because of this.

This is great news for sporty saloon enthusiasts who can look forward to the possibility of a naturally aspirated V8 engine crafted by the same hands that produced one of the greatest engines ever in the awesome LF-A.

Lexus RC-F

Lexus RC-F