|Lexus has confirmed the line-up showcase of the anticipated RC F GT3 Concept and top-of-the-line RC 350 F Sport variants for the 84th running of the Geneva Motor Show. (click to enlarge)|
The RC F GT3 concept, based on the recently revealed RC F performance coupe, was developed to meet Group GT3 international racing standards. It weighs 2,755.8 lbs. and comes with a modified version of the base RC F’s V8 engine, producing a maximum output exceeding 540 horsepower.
Lexus will supply GT3-compliant vehicles to racing teams starting in 2015, with vehicle testing to start this year. GT3 cars are valid as legitimate entrants to renowned GT races globally, such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Deutschland (Germany), and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in the land of the Rising Sun.
At the other part of the Lexus hall, the RC350 F Sport, slated for debut in the U.S. in the autumn, gets its world premiere at the Geneva show. The RC350 F Sport becomes the third model to join the RC line-up, which already included the RC 350 Sport Coupe and RC F. The RC is a stand-alone variant 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.
Lexus RC350 F Sport world premieres at Geneva Motor show and leaps to the top of the RC line-up chain
The Lexus RC 350 F Sport, based on the RC 350, features exclusive design elements and enhanced driving
Readily identified by a variant-specific “F” mesh design, the Lexus RC 350 F Sport features a further evolution of the Lexus ‘Spindle’ grille. Its overall motif is accentuated by the unique 19-inch F Sport mesh alloy wheels, with machine-finish and dark metallic paint.
The rear-wheel drive RC 350 F Sport also inherits a descendant of the innovative LFA driver’s meter with a moving center ring (much like the existing IS 250 F Sport), 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.
With F Sport’s driving dynamics upgrades, the RC350 receives the all-important Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. These features provide drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is part of the F Sport package that ensures effective vehicle body motion and adaptation to road surface conditions. Additionally, AVS automatically and independently adjusts the performance of the damping at all four wheels. When the vehicle’s SPORT+ drive mode is selected, AVS changes to allow the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.
The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F Sport are complimented by the available four-wheel steering benefits of the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system. 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. It works to engage the front and rear wheels turn in at opposite directions for low speeds, and in the same direction at higher speeds.
The Lexus RC F GT3 Concept and RC350 F Sport premiere at the Palexpo’s hall 4, stand number 4211, on 4 March and through till the end of the Geneva show on 16 March.
Lexus RC F GT3 Concept specifications
Length: 4,705 mm/ 185.2 in
Width: 2,000 mm/78.7 in
Height: 1,270 mm/50 in
Weight: 1,250 kg/2,755.8 lbs
Wheelbase: 2,730 mm/107.5 in
Engine (hp): V8 gasoline (540+ hp)
Lexus RC 350 F Sport specifications
Length: 184.8 in.
Height: 54.9 in.
Width: 72.4 in.
Wheelbase: 107.5 in.
Horsepower: 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 277 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Suspension front and rear: Double Wishbone and Multilink