It’s a Trifecta! – Lexus F SPORT Completes All-New Lexus RC Coupe Line-up at the Geneva Motor show

Lexus Press Release

RC 350 F SPORT joins RC 350 and RC F for 2015 Model Year
Adaptive Variable Suspension Adjusts Damping to Help Maximize Agility
19-Inch Alloy Wheels Complement More Aggressive Exterior and Interior Design Features

February 28, 2014
GENEVA – Feb. 28, 2014 “ And F SPORT makes three. Driving enthusiasts, get ready for more Lexus RC options from which to choose. When the all-new model launches in the U.S. this fall the 2015 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT will join the recently introduced RC 350 sport coupe and RC F performance model.

The RC 350 F SPORT will make it’s world debut at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.
The RC is a stand-alone model rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan although it is built on the GS sedan platform. It has the same width as GS and a shorter wheelbase than the IS sedan to help achieve spirited handling and agility.

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2015 Lexus F SPORT Completes All-New Lexus RC Coupe Line-up at the 2014 Geneva Motor show

The RC 350 F SPORT, based on the RC 350, will feature exclusive design elements and enhanced driving performance.

The F SPORTs dynamic upgrades include Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the available Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. These features provide drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.

Design
Readily identified by a model-specific “F” mesh design, the RC 350 F SPORT features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille.

The unique 19-inch F SPORT mesh alloy wheels feature machine-finish and dark metallic paint.

The RC 350 F SPORT also inherit’s a descendant of the innovative LFA drivers meter with a moving center ring, and an F SPORT perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob. The interior design is completed by Silver Performance trim, an F SPORT-exclusive Rioja Red interior and seats with unique contrast stitching.

Driving Dynamics
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is part of the F SPORT package. In response to driving operation, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions, AVS automatically and independently adjusts the performance of the damping at all four wheels. When the vehicles SPORT+ drive mode is selected, AVS changes to allow the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.

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2015 Lexus F SPORT at the 2014 Geneva Motor show

The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F SPORT are complimented by the available four-wheel steering benefit’s of the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. This leading edge platform technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

Monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs, the system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.

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2015 Lexus F SPORT Completes All-New Lexus RC Coupe Line-up at the 2014 Geneva Motor show

The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees. The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds, and in the same direction at higher speeds.

Lexus will introduce the RC 350 F SPORT at a press conference on March 4, at 8:45 a.m. Central European Time at Palexpos hall 4, stand number 4211.

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2015 Lexus F SPORT at the 2014 Geneva Motor show

Specifications: RC 350 F SPORT
Length 184.8 in.
Height / mm 54.9 in.
Width / mm 72.4 in.
Wheelbase / mm 107.5 in.
Seating capacity persons 4
Driven wheels Rear-wheel drive
Engine type 2GR-FSE
Cylinders V6
Horsepower 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 277 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission 8AT
Suspension Front: Double Wishbone
Rear: Multilink

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.