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2013 Lexus Tokyo Motor Show Press Kit

  1. LEXUS UNVEILS ALL NEW RC COUPE
  2. LEXUS UNVEILS TURBO COMPACT CROSSOVER CONCEPT

LEXUS UNVEILS ALL NEW RC COUPE


Striking concept-to-reality Lexus coupe includes the first use of "sexy" as a design catchphrase
Development focus on body rigidity ensures agile performance
New Lexus styling direction in a dedicated coupe with the most aggressive use yet of the iconic spindle grille
Lexus-first technology includes new intuitive Remote Touch Interface
New generation technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques utilised to develop the vehicle
Model confirmed for Australian market*

Lexus today unveiled its striking new production-ready RC coupe at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, scheduled for launch in 2014.

The RC raises Lexus' profile with a broader audience, injecting emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA which has become well known for build quality, refinement and reliability.

RC is part of a ride and handling revolution at Lexus, which started with GS and continued with the new IS.

It is a standalone model, rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan.

Based on the GS platform, the coupe differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS Lines.

The aggressively styled coupe will be available with two powertrains: 3.5-litre V6 teamed with an eight-speed sequential transmission and 2.5-litre hybrid system.

Chief engineer Junichi Furuyama, also in charge of the IS Line, said RC was intended to engage with owners on an emotional level.

"We dared to use 'sexy' as our design catchphrase because the various images the word brings to mind represent a frank expression of the new frontiers the RC opens for the Lexus brand," Mr Furuyama said.

"Motoring enthusiasts have always aspired to own coupes for one reason: coupes look cool - sexy even. We developed RC to deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than overwhelms drivers, in keeping with the true spirit of Japanese hospitality, or omotenashi."

Lexus International executive vice president Mark Templin said growing the emotional appeal of Lexus will allow the brand to engage with a broader audience.

"Our focus is to strengthen the brand's emotional appeal through our products and RC is another demonstration of this," Mr Templin said.

"The emotional attachment of a coupe is found in its purity of design and its engaging driving experience, and with RC the engineers have achieved the balance."

DESIGN EXTERIOR

The RC has been infused with deeply contoured lines, integrating the widest and lowest application yet of the Lexus spindle grille. It is unique in the Lexus range - 30mm wider, 35mm lower and 70mm shorter in wheelbase than the new IS Line, providing a road stance that emphasises the attraction of a luxury two-door vehicle.

The unique headlamp design adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif front and rear.

There are two choices of aluminium wheels - a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch and a muscular five-spoke 18-inch.

The hero colour is red - a brighter, more contrasting shade made possible by a new painting process.

DESIGN INTERIOR

Highly acclaimed sports concept vehicles have greatly influenced the RC interior, making maximum use of contrasting colours, materials and lighting.

A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a great sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin.

High contrast interior colours emphasise design lines and accentuate the elegant cabin. Genuine shimamoku wood highlights - the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus - are used to emphasise the surrounding trim.
The driver's cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered centre console integrates a new Lexus-first Remote Touch Interface.

Importantly for a coupe, the seats utilise an integrated foaming construction method, much like the moulding of racing seats, to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support.

DRIVING DYNAMICS

The RC's strong and purpose-built chassis is the latest evolution of Lexus' objective to achieve a world-class driving experience, epitomised by the improved performance of both the GS and IS Lines.

Extra thick underbody rocker panels greatly increase the two-door's rigidity to support driving performance. New manufacturing techniques pioneered in the LS and IS models, including the use of body adhesives, have strengthened the chassis.

Aerodynamic aids, especially on the underbody, contribute to the handling package.

RC uses double wishbone front suspension and multi-link suspension at the rear.

LEXUS RC COUPE POWERTRAINS*

Specific power output per litre of the RC is second only to the super-sports LFA in the Lexus range.

The dual injection 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine produces maximum power of 234kW at 6,400rpm, and peak torque of 380Nm at 4800rpm.

An eight-speed Sports Direct Shift with paddle shift transmission adapted from the IS F optimises power delivery and economy. In M (manual) mode full torque converter lock-up from second to eighth gears allows for down changes in just 0.2 seconds.

The hybrid variant - the first Lexus hybrid coupe - uses a dual-injected 2.5-litre four cylinder engine with a 105kW electric motor driven through an electronic continuously variable transmission with six step gears in a sequential shift-matic feature.

Depending on market requirement, the RC coupe will drive either through its rear wheels or be available in all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration.
The sound generated by the engine has been tuned to ensure it delivers a stirring note under spirited driving conditions.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

Advanced technology includes upgraded Blind Spot Monitor and new Remote Touch Interface (RTI).

RC is the first Lexus to adopt the upgraded Blind Spot Monitor system which detects vehicles that are approaching from behind at a higher speed and from a greater distance than is covered by the current system.

The innovative touch-sensitive Lexus Remote Touch Interface for audio and navigation systems is particularly important in a coupe in which tactile reaction is a desirable part of the driving experience.

SPECIFICATIONS*

RC 350

RC 300h

Length (mm)

4,695

4,695

Height (mm)

1,395

1,395

Width (mm)

1,840

1,840

Wheelbase (mm)

2,730

2,730

Seating

4

4

Driven wheels

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Engine type

2GR-FSE

2AR-FSE

Cylinders

V6

L4

Power (kW/rpm)

234/6,400

131/6,000

Torque (Nm/rpm)

380/4800

221/4200-/4800

Total Output kW

-

162

Transmission

8AT

E-CVT

Suspension

Front: Double wishbone

Rear: Multilink

Front: Double wishbone

Rear: Multilink

Tyres

255/35R19 + 275/35R19

255/35R19 + 275/35R19



*Information based on pre-production models, availability of drivetrains for Australian market to be confirmed.

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For further media information, please contact:

Tyson Bowen
PR manager, Lexus Australia
Ph: +61 418 826 936
E: tyson.bowen@lexus.com.au



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LEXUS UNVEILS TURBO COMPACT CROSSOVER CONCEPT


Following the Frankfurt Motor Show LF-NX HV concept, a new version - the LF-NX Turbo - has its world premiere at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
Distinctive, sculpted and sporting styling
Driver-focused cockpit introducing new Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with touch tracer display and touch pad control
2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine - Lexus' first turbocharged powertrain

The Lexus LF-NX Turbo concept focuses on the growing segment of smaller, more urban-centric compact premium Crossovers.

More compact than the pioneering RX (at 4,640mm long with a 2,700mm wheelbase) the LF-NX Turbo concept combines spirited performance with optimum fuel efficiency, while the 2.0-litre engine paves the way for the introduction of turbocharged powerplants in future Lexus models.

POWERTRAIN

The LF-NX Turbo concept is equipped with Lexus' first turbocharged petrol engine.

The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder unit combines Lexus' advanced high tumble port, fan spray fuel injection D-4S and VVT-iw combustion technologies with a cylinder head-integrated exhaust manifold and a twin scroll turbocharger with an active wastegate valve.

Through optimisation of the exhaust gas temperature, the cylinder head-integrated exhaust manifold combines a high level of performance with fuel efficiency and clean exhaust emission reliability, while the twin scroll turbocharger operates effectively across the widest possible rev range.

The LF-NX Turbo's new powerplant targets a fast throttle response and exhilarating performance while demonstrating outstanding fuel efficiency.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

The LF-NX Turbo concept's bold, striking and innovative exterior reflects a further evolution of Lexus' L-finesse design language, bringing more distinctive and sculpted styling to the premium compact Crossover segment for the first time.

The overall form of the LF-NX Turbo is generated by a powerful, diamond-shaped body which flows from the front grille through the belt line of the vehicle, and prominent fenders, wheel arches and tyres that express the muscular stance of a highly agile SUV.

The front of the new concept is dominated by a strong interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille. Both the smoked chrome trim and grille mesh pattern increase in size as the grille widens through the lower bumper area, to accentuate the concept's wide, powerful stance.

The upper edges of the grille generate powerful lines, while the base is underscored by a narrow black mesh air intake above a sharp, fin-shaped matt chrome-finished chin spoiler which reinforces the crossover concept's low centre of gravity and sporting credentials.

Expressive signature front lighting features three diamond-shaped LED headlamps and independent Daytime Running Lights (DRL). The DRLs are underscored by full-length LED strip turn signal lamps.

The lower bumper flows away from the spindle grille edges into high-gloss black paint-trimmed vertical air intakes with a black mesh duct finish, before projecting strongly forward into a unique corner detail.

This separates the bumper from the front wing with an aggressive vertical cut detail that narrows to a point beneath the headlamp clusters.

The front and rear fenders are formed by a series of muscular, concave and convex curves. Both the wheel arches and the lower rocker panel are finished in a high-gloss black painted trim, adding a sporting note to the protective finish which typifies an urban crossover.

A fin-shaped upper rocker panel moulding is finished in matt chrome, visually extending the line of the crisp, sporting chin spoiler along the sides of the vehicle.

In plan form, the pronounced diamond shape of the belt line reaches its widest point adjacent to the B pillar before narrowing as it flows astern.

Below, the door sills generate a more aggressive, angular interpretation of the rising crease line first seen on the LF-CC concept.

Above the belt line, the classic Lexus side glazing profile combines with a steeply raked tailgate and integral spoiler to create the sweeping silhouette of an athletic coupe.

Both the glazing surrounds and the door mirror upper surface share the smoked chrome finish of the front grille surround.

The rear of the LF-NX is dominated by highly articulated lamp clusters which create an instantly identifiable light signature. They extend to the full depth of the bumper, creating a sharp, aerodynamic trailing edge detail.

The Lexus signature 'L' shape of the lamp itself is scored strongly into the rear bodywork, creating an echo of the spindle form theme.

Finished in high-gloss black paint, the wide lower bumper is underscored by a sharp, full-width matt chrome-finished aerodynamic diffuser. It is flanked by highly sculpted chrome exhausts shaped to reflect the aggressive styling of the front wing vertical air intakes.

The Lexus LF-NX Turbo concept is finished in a new Brushed Metal Silver exterior colour which gives the striking impression that the bodyshell has been carved from a single billet of solid metal.

A new, more aggressive alloy wheel design and a change in tyre size from the LF-NX HV's 255 50R 20 to 255 45 ZR 20 give the LF-NX Turbo concept a more sporting appearance and a wide, confident stance.

INTERIOR DESIGN

In a continuation of the 'Human Oriented' L-finesse design concept realised in both the LFA and new IS, the interior mirrors the LF-NX Turbo's highly sculpted exterior styling. It features bold, powerful forms which create a driver-focused cockpit within an ergonomically ideal environment.

The centre console extends the full length of the cabin to bisect the rear seats. Its highly three-dimensional framework echoes the concept crossover's spindle grille frontal design. The same sophisticated, sculpted brushed metal finish has also been applied to the driver's instrument meters, the steering wheel, the seat structure and the overhead console.

Reinforcing the LF-NX Turbo concept's premium SUV credentials, the strength and refinement of this carved metal surfacing is complemented throughout the cabin by Sunrise Yellow and Black leather upholstery with contrast stitching.

Intuitive interaction with the vehicle's switchgear, instrumentation and Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology is at the heart of Lexus interior design. And the LF-NX cabin features the ideal upper display zone and lower operation zone dashboard format perfected over successive Lexus generations.

The upper display zone features an exclusive driver's instrument meter design. The lower operation zone allows access to a new generation of touch-sensitive, electrostatic switches and the new Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI).
The RTI combines a modified touch tracer display with a new touch pad design for smooth and intuitive use, and an adjustable arm rest to enhance comfort and ease of use.

Reflecting the performance potential of the concept's 2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant, instrument and switchgear including the meters, navigation screen, RTI touch tracer and touch pad, and the roof and door panels are illuminated in a sporting red.


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For further media information, please contact:

Tyson Bowen
PR manager, Lexus Australia
Ph: +61 418 826 936
E: tyson.bowen@lexus.com.au

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