Lexus has confirmed final power output for the new 2015 RC F Coupe, a car that’s replacing the old IS F. The RC F is based on the RC Coupe which is coming to South Africa in 2015. It’s main competition is currently the new BMW M4, but it will also have to face the upcoming 2017 Audi RS 5 and 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe.

Lexus RC F 2

Powered by the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine displacing 4 969cc with 32 valves in its pipes, as well as Lexus’s VVT-iE electric motor-driven intelligent variable valve timing. While all of its rivals will or already sport turbocharged engines, Lexus is sticking to natural aspiration and despite this, the engine does meet stringent Euro 6 emissions standards.

Lexus RC F 3

With maximum power output of 351kW achieved between 6 800rpm and 7 300rpm, as well as peak torque of 530Nm available from 4 800 to 5 600rpm, and sent to the rear wheels, the RF C should be quite entertaining to drive, if not a little on the porky side. The gearbox is the trusty 8-speed Sports Direct Shift unit whose work with the four tailpipes is the stuff of legends.

Lexus RC F 4

Speaking of tailpipes, the new exhaust system is said to feature large-diameter front pipes while the main silencer keeps the noise down at low engine speeds. That means you can creep in and out of the driveway without waking up the neighbours. By contrast, at higher revs the system comes into its own and exhibits some goose bump-inducing sounds, some of which come through a special speaker located beneath the instrument panel.

Lexus RC F 5

Lexus claims the new RF C will run from 0 – 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds, 0 – 400m in 12.5 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 270km/h. Good thing this is not a German car, which means those Huns which are normally limited to 250km/h would run out of steam while the Lex cruises past them. That is of course, given the right length of tarmac

Lexus RC F 6

Toyota South Africa has promised to deliver the RC Coupe in early 2015, with the RC F following some months later.

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