2015 Lexus RC F Sport’s a Little Bit RC, a Little Bit F, and a Whole Lotta Sporty [2014 Geneva Auto Show]

2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport

Lexus’s RC coupe hasn’t even gone on sale yet, but already the automaker is declaring the lineup complete with the debut of the RC350 F Sport. The sporty-but-not-too-sporty stepping stone between the regular RC coupe and the BMW M4–fighting RC F, the F Sport is the Goldilocks just-right middle ground, and, fittingly, it’s being revealed alongside the hard-core RC F GT3 race car at the 2014 Geneva auto show.

Just like the IS350 F Sport and GS350 F Sport models, the RC350 F Sport sprinkles more athletic zest over the RC while stopping short of full F-car status. Think of it as mirroring BMW’s M Performance models, like the M235i—hot, for sure, but not full M-car hot. To that end, the RC350 F Sport gets the same 306-hp 3.5-liter V-6 as its pedestrian sibling. But the coupe does get standard 19-inch F Sport wheels that are absolutely stunning, a unique mesh grille filled with tiny Fs, silver interior trim, and an exclusive Rioja Red interior color.

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Performance-enhancing bits include Lexus’s adaptive dampers and an available Dynamic Handling system, which includes a variable steering ratio and four-wheel-steering setup. The rear wheels can be steered up to two degrees, turning opposite the fronts at low speeds and turning with them at higher speeds. Unfortunately it appears as though for now, the RC350 F Sport is automatic-only, but we can always hold out hope Lexus sees the manual-transmission light. Lexus doesn’t say when the RC350 F Sport is specifically going on sale here, but look for it to arrive alongside the regular RC350 later this year as a 2015 model.

2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport

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