Lexus Changes Multimedia Controls, Still Distracting

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Lexus' mouse-style control system, Remote Touch, debuted about five years ago. It was the luxury automaker's response to knob-based controllers from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The interface had a certain familiarity in our computer-centric world, and so does the latest version of Remote Touch, which replaces the mouse controller with a laptop-style touchpad. It debuts on the 2015 Lexus RC sport coupe, which hits dealerships late this year.

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Like the prior mouse controller, the new touchpad operates a cursor on the dashboard screen, and you move the cursor to select different systems, like navigation. The setup includes haptic feedback; when you move the cursor across a menu choice the touchpad pulses under your finger. Pressing down on the touchpad makes a selection.

By Mike Hanley | February 11, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Lexus RC F: Up Close

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One of the first things you notice about the new Lexus RC F — apart from its massive hourglass grille — is how low it is, both its roofline and stance. The coupe is hunkered down on 19-inch forged-alloy wheels, which together with low-profile tires fill out the wheel wells nicely.

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The rear-quarter view is my favorite; it lets you see the coupe's stout rear fenders, fastback roofline, thin taillights and aggressive bumper styling.

By Mike Hanley | January 17, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Lexus RC F Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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Exactly how much more powerful the 2015 Lexus RC F will be than the RC 350 on which its based is still unknown. What is clear, however, is that the high-performance luxury coupe looks the part. Its track-ready makeover features air outlets in its taller hood and fenders, a massive Lexus spindle grille with a mesh insert and stacked quad exhaust tips, as well as available carbon-fiber components and an active spoiler that activates at higher speeds. That's in addition to forged 19-inch aluminum wheels with premium hand-polished rims.

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In the cockpit, Lexus says performance bucket seats were designed to resemble snug-fitting sportswear (hmm, a compression shirt says one thing, but yoga pants something very different), as well as a thick-rimmed steering wheel. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RC 350 Arriving in Late 2014

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Lexus' big reveal at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the high-performance RC F coupe, a car designed to take on the BMW M4 and Audi RS 5, among others. The luxury brand also brought the car the RC F is based on: the RC 350, which it first showed late last year at the Tokyo Motor Show. The 2015 RC 350 will be available at U.S. dealerships in November or December of this year.

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The RC 350's design is a little toned down compared to the RC F, but not as much as you might expect. Lexus' spindle grille still dominates the front end, albeit in a different form, and it's bordered by headlights that wouldn't be out of place on a concept car. Flared rear fenders hint at the car's performance aspirations.

By Mike Hanley | January 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RC Video

Lexus' first dedicated coupe since 2000 bowed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It looks hot and has the go-fast goodies to back it up, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Available in regular RC 350 trim and performance-oriented F trim, the 2015 Lexus RC will go on sale late this year and give Audi's and BMW's coupes some stiff competition, Mays says. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lexus RC F: By the Numbers

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With the debut today of the RC F at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus released a few more of the car's specs. Most are estimated, but they help give a picture of how the new performance coupe stacks up in the luxury sports-car segment. Notable specs include:

  • 5.0-liter V-8 engine makes more than 450 horsepower and 383 pounds-feet of torque
  • V-8 runs on an efficient Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds, switches to a conventional Otto cycle at higher rpm
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Torque-vectoring rear differential, a first for Lexus
  • Curb weight less than 3,968 pounds
  • 168-mph estimated top speed (electronically limited)

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By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

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