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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/spyphotos/" rel="tag">Spy Photos</a>, <a /category/sedans/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/sedans/" rel="tag">Sedan</a>, <a /category/sports/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/sports/" rel="tag">Performance</a>, <a /category/lexus/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/lexus/" rel="tag">Lexus</a></p><a /photos/lexus-is-f-coupe-spy-shots/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/lexus-is-f-coupe-spy-shots/"><img height="433" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2013/07/lexus-rcf-spy-shots.jpg" vspace="4" width="628" /></a><br /><br /><a /lexus/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/lexus/">Lexus</a> may have pulled a fast one on us. The car <a /2013/07/15/lexus-readying-hot-is-f-coupe/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/15/lexus-readying-hot-is-f-coupe/">our spy shooters spotted yesterday</a> may not, in fact, be an <a /lexus/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/lexus/is+f/">IS F</a> Coupe as we indicated. Rather, the car shown above may be a new model, dubbed RC, that will arrive at this year's <a /tokyo-motor-show/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/tokyo-motor-show/">Tokyo Motor Show</a>.<br /><br />Following a report from <a href="http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130715/OEM04/130719916/lexus-rc-to-debut-at-tokyo-show-arrive-in-u-s-late-next-year#"><em>Automotive News</em></a>, the RC is believed to be a pure coupe, rather than a hardtop convertible. This gels with information provided on the IS sedan's launch, when Lexus spokespeople said the IS Convertible would remain on the current platform. With styling based on the <a /2012/09/27/lexus-lf-cc-concept-paris-2012-video/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/27/lexus-lf-cc-concept-paris-2012-video/">LF-CC</a> from the <a /2012/09/28/weve-obsessively-covered-day-1-of-the-2012-paris-motor-show/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/28/weve-obsessively-covered-day-1-of-the-2012-paris-motor-show/">2012 Paris show</a>, the new car will share a rear-drive platform with the <a /lexus/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/lexus/is/">IS</a> and <a /lexus/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/lexus/gs/">GS</a> sedans.<br /><br />Power is expected to come from a 3.5-liter V6 that turns out 306 horsepower. That car will likely wear the RC 350 badge. A hybrid model is expected to follow, but in a twist, it won't be coming to the US. The big news, though, is that the RC will spawn an RC F.<br /><br />Sources told AN that a 460-hp V8 will replace the 416-hp mill found in the current IS F, allowing the RC F to really duke it out with <a /mercedes-benz/c63+amg/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/c63+amg/">Stuttgart</a>, <a /2013/07/15/bmw-dishes-on-lightweight-2014-m4/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/15/bmw-dishes-on-lightweight-2014-m4/">Munich</a>, and <a /2013/05/29/2013-audi-rs5-cabriolet-quick-spin-review/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/05/29/2013-audi-rs5-cabriolet-quick-spin-review/">Ingolstadt</a>.<br /><br />Where does that leave the IS F? We can't be sure, but with Mercedes-Benz and BMW both offering (now or in the future) fast, compact sedans, we wouldn't bet on Lexus sitting out. We can expect to see a production RC F at the 2014 <a /detroit-auto-show/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/detroit-auto-show/">Detroit Auto Show</a>, with examples arriving in dealers later that year.<p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a /2013/07/16/lexus-coupe-caught-in-spy-shots-actually-rc-headed-for-tokyo-re/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/16/lexus-coupe-caught-in-spy-shots-actually-rc-headed-for-tokyo-re/">Lexus coupe caught in spy shots actually RC, headed for Tokyo reveal?</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:29:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a /2013/07/16/lexus-coupe-caught-in-spy-shots-actually-rc-headed-for-tokyo-re/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/16/lexus-coupe-caught-in-spy-shots-actually-rc-headed-for-tokyo-re/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20667180/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a /2013/07/16/lexus-coupe-caught-in-spy-shots-actually-rc-headed-for-tokyo-re/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/16/lexus-coupe-caught-in-spy-shots-actually-rc-headed-for-tokyo-re/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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