Lexus RC F SPORT Revealed Ahead of Geneva Unveiling

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2014 is shaping up to be quite a year for Lexus, which certainly is gaining its mojo back.  First came the announcement of the RC sport coupe, then the RC F, and now the RC F SPORT.  There’s literally something for everyone at multiple price points in the range – something that Lexus’ German rivals have been quite good at for many years, but the RC range is giving cars like the 4 Series and A5 a run for their money.

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Several changes can be observed between the standard RC and the RC F SPORT.  So many changes, in fact, that the lay man may not be able to quickly differentiate the RC F SPORT from the range-topping RC F.  The first two aspects that quickly identify this car as an F SPORT are the large, black mesh grille and unique 19-inch wheels.  The body kit on the F SPORT is much more aggressive than what you might find on the standard RC.  It might be because this is the European-spec RC F SPORT, but it appears that Lexus has allowed the vehicle to retain its fog lamps – something we may not see once the car comes to the U.S.  The front fascia features a pronounced lip and several front air inlets that will help promote engine and brake cooling, and the F SPORT also appears to have a revised rear fascia that features a more aggressive rear splitter, fished off with polished chrome exhaust tips.

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Mechanically, the RC F SPORT is virtually identical to the RC 350 upon which it’s based, and features the same 3.5-liter V6 as well as the same 8-speed automatic transmission – but that’s where the similarities end.  Exclusive to the RC F SPORT is Lexus’ Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which constantly adapts to vehicle body motion and road surface conditions, then adjusts the performance of the damping applied to all four wheels, independently.  These changes allow the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.  Furthermore, the enhancements to the suspension are complimented by the available four-wheel steering benefits of the Lexus Dynamic Handling system (LDH), which combines the benefits of both Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

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Inside, the F SPORT comes available with Rioja Red leather and seats with unique contrast stitching that continues onto the doors.  As expected, the RC F SPORT features the same gauge cluster as the IS F SPORT, which is inspired by the LFA, as well as F SPORT exclusive perforated leather shift knob and steering wheel.

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The Lexus RC 350 F SPORT will be officially unveiled live at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4th.  For now, check out our high-resolution photo gallery below.

Source: Lexus USA Newsroom

Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis is a part of the Mungenast Automotive Family of car dealerships in St. Louis, MO, and Alton, IL.  

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