By Cars.com EditorsJanuary 16, 2014
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From the 2014 North American International Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2015 Lexus RC F and RC 350.
(energetic rock music) (car tires squealing) Hi, I'm Kelsey <ays for Cars.com and we're here at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit looking at Lexus's new RC.
This is the first Lexus coupe, if you discount the LFA super car, since the SC way back in 2000, before it became a convertible. This is quite the comeback for Lexus's coupe, because it comes in an RC 350 and an RC F. The F should be F in fast, let's take a look. The RC looks a lot like a two-door version of Lexus's redesigned IS sedan, but it's actually built on the GS platform that's been shrunk a little bit for this car, Lexus says. The RC 350 has a three and a half liter V6 with a little over 300 horsepower. It uses a very aggressive version of Lexus's spindle grill. Now the RC F has a five liter V8. Good for more than 450 horsepower. It gets a whole new look up here with this grill insert. A lot of ventilation and Lexus says all of it is functional. You've got things like brake cooling ducts here, engine, oil, and transmission cooling ducts; ventilation here out of the engine. The same thing with these vents here that go behind the front fenders; no fake vents. Let's take a look inside. The cabin looks a lot like that of the new IS, heavily bolstered seats here in the RC F. They hold you in very well. Lexus says they're kind of styled to simulate athletic sportswear, so I guess if you're a real Under Armour fan or something you're supposed to like these seats. Kind of mixed materials here along the upper part of the doors, a little bit of hard stuff. Again, this is an auto show car, so it could be different by the time it reaches production. On the other hand, a nice long area here of padding, where your knees are going to fall along. Very good, because this is a pretty thick center tunnel. It kind of pins your knees in a little bit, otherwise pretty similar shapes. Here a very thick wield instrument, a digital gauges here that kind of fit within certain shapes along the instrument panel. It looks a little better than completely digitized gauges, which often don't look very good after a few years. The latest generation of Lexus's remote touch interface here does away with the knob that acted like, kind of a mouse controller for the multimedia screen. Now it's just got this touch pad. You can kind of zoom around the screen. It just seems a lot like a laptop touch pad, from pretty much the late-90s until now. So the more things change, the more they stay the same. Actually works pretty intuitively, nothing you really gotta figure out on that end. The RC 350 and the RC F both go on sale very late this year. The RC 350 with rear wheel drive or all wheel drive, the RC F with rear wheel drive only. They should have plenty of competition from the BMW 4-Series to the Audi S5 and RS5 to any coupe versions that are forthcoming of Mercedes redesigned C-class. Stay tuned for more. (car revving)