Lexus announced last week that they would be showing two distinct RC models at the Geneva Motor Show: the RC 350 F Sport and the RC F GT3 Racing concept. This week, the company decided to reveal both before the start of the Geneva Motor Show.
We'll begin with the RC 350 F Sport, which fills in the gap between the standard RC 350 and RC F. Like all other F Sport models, the RC 350 F Sport doesn't get any changes to the engine. That means it will feature the standard 3.5L V6 with 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. What has changed is the suspension. The F Sport comes with Lexus' Adaptive Variable Suspension, which adjusts the damping on all four wheels dependent on road conditions, speeds, and body motion. There is an optional Dynamic Handling system which adds a new steering system and rear-wheel steering.
Design cues for the new F Sport include a slightly more aggressive spindle grille, sharp nineteen-inch wheels finished in a dark metallic color, and F Sport badging. Inside, the F Sport gets an exclusive Rioja Red interior color and the steering wheel and shift knob wrapped in perforated leather.
The RC 350 F Sport goes on sale later this fall.
The other showing is the RC F GT3 Racing concept. As the name suggests, this vehicle has been developed to meet the regulations for GT3 racing events such as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Despite the dramatic body work done on the concept, Lexus says the RC F GT3 Racing concept has a curb weight of 2,756 pounds - a decrease of 1,212 pounds when compared to the standard RC F. As for power, the RC F GT3 Racing concept uses a modified version of the RC F's 5.0L V8, making more than 540 horsepower.
Now Lexus has said that they are developing an actual race car that could make its debut next year. We'll keep you posted on the development.
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