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Lexus RC F is a BMW M4 competitor

RC coupé souped up and given an ‘F’ badge.

Lexus has revealed the sporty F version of its RC coupé that could give the BMW M4 a run for its money. The new model, which is a two-door coupe version of the new Lexus IS saloon, will debut at the Detroit auto show on January 14th.

Lexus has upped the design ante beyond the menacing, all-engulfing front grille seen on the standard RC coupé. The F version has a slightly higher bonnet, cooling ducts, trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes, smatterings of carbon fibre and a few ‘strategically’ placed aerodynamic fins to help the car with stability at high speeds.

Further emphasising the cool factor are elements borrowed from the Lexus LFA supercar. For instance, exceed 50mph and a rear wing automatically pops up to provide downforce. Drop below 25mph and it retracts.

Lexus has opted for a hefty 5.0-litre V8 that develops a ‘maximum output set to be well above 450bhp’, making it the most powerful V8 the manufacturer has ever dropped into a road-going car. More than the 431hp developed by the BMW M3 and M4’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six, then.

Torque, consumption and performance figures have yet to be released. With all those ponies underneath the bonnet the RC F should go like the clappers, but perhaps not sip fuel as modestly as its BMW rival.

More unique elements to separate the sporty F model from its RC sibling can be found inside the car, including a unique steering wheel, trim detailing, pedals, meters and ‘F’ embossed on the headrests.

Four different driving modes will be selectable, but no further details have been given except that each one has a unique text size and colour when displayed on a central dial located in the instrument panel. Red and very large text for the sportiest setting, perhaps?

A choice of five different leather trims (each with contrast stitching) and three variations of a ten-spoke 19-inch alloy wheel, the priciest of which is ‘hand-polished by craftsmen’, will be available.

The Lexus RC coupé was revealed back in November 2013 complete with a choice of two engines, a 3.5-litre RC350 V6 petrol and a 2.5-litre RC 300h hybrid.

Without all the details it’s too early to say whether the BMW M4 will have to sleep with one eye open at night, but it certainly seems like all the ingredients are there, especially if you appreciate that bonkers front grille as much as we do.

Lexus RC F coupe pictures

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