Detroit Auto Show 2014: 2015 Lexus RC
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Detroit Auto Show 2014: 2015 Lexus RC

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Lexus' answer to the late, lamentable second generation SC is the much sharper RC coupe which evokes an IS in coupe form but far more curvaceously. The RC comes in the RC350 and the sleeker RC F which both debuted at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Well, Lexus hasn't really had a coup since the late lamentable second generation dough ball that was the SC that died a merciful death in 2010. Here is something fresh, the RC, North American debut here by the way. Three-and-a-half-liter V6 doing 314 horsepower, zero to 60 in 6.1, rear-wheeler, all-wheel drive, blah, blah, blah, nothing too unusual there. But this car has got some really different lines. They've released art to put some curvaceousness into this vehicle, much more than just saying it's a two-door Lexus IS. It doesn't look at all like that. To be honest, it looks kinda like an upscale Subaru BRZ, but they don't wanna hear me say that. Powertrain's dimension, rear-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive with a six-speed automatic. In the cabin, notice Lexus has completely re-done their former remote touch controller, which was about to drive me to drink, so, thank you. Now, it's based via trackpad that will give you pinch and zoom, you can also flick up, down, left, right, all kinds of directional control and as you can see some shortcut buttons right alongside it. Want something hotter? They just did a global debut of the RC F. This car from about the 8 pillars forward is a very different machine. Those fenders, those have real, heavily functional intake ducts, and on top of the hood, yep, that's a very functional vent as well. On the back, you've got a power-activated wing that is probably there for a pretty good reason because this has the most powerful V8 they put into a production Lexus. It only shares a block with an IS's V8 and the heads and all the other mechanicals are much faster revving, more powerful. Now, by the way, back to this RC, it has a variable valve technology that's now electric. That means that they can do just about anything with valve timing and phasing, which means when you're not pushing it very hard, it can run at an Atkinson cycle, in other words, lean burn like a Prius. Step on it and it turns into a high-compression machine-- hard to do with that extremely addressable valves.

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