A two-door version of the Lexus IS sedan, Lexus says the RC will draw power from either a 3.5-liter V-6 (which makes 305 hp in the IS) or a hybrid-boosted 2.5-liter four-cylinder. While the performance, details and price have yet to be revealed, using the IS as a base would make a safe forecast of all such figures.
The real calling card for the RC — besides offering Lexus dealers a competitor to the BMW, Audi and likely Cadillac luxury small coupes — lies in its exterior design, the most aggressive version yet of the Predator-shaver grille, along with more flowing character lines than previous iterations. From the pictures alone, the RC holds more promise than the LF-NX crossover concept Lexus will show a turbo version of on the stand at Tokyo, demonstrating once again that the look feels more harmonious on a car's face than a tall SUV's. Confidence is necessary for good design, but it's not sufficient without backup.