Lexus Opens The Door With New RC Coupe

Lexus has had a spotty history with two-door models. Crossovers, sedans, hybrids...sure, but its coupes have been touch and go. The original SC was beloved by many over the course of its nine years of production between 1991 and 2000, but was followed by a much heavier hardtop convertible. Since then Toyota's luxury marque went a little down-market with the IS Convertible and much higher with the LFA supercar, but now it's getting back into the heart of the luxury coupe market with the new RC you see here.

Unveiled recently at the Tokyo Motor Show, the new Lexus RC is the latest embodiment of the brand's L-Finesse design language, blending an elegant form with sharp creases and the brand's now-trademark Spindle grille to create a design that is distinctly Japanese and markedly upscale. Lexus is even offering the RC with the deeply lustrous red paint job pictured here, created in a four-step process that first applies a base coat of silver, followed by a clear coat, then baked before a layer of translucent red and another clear coat are baked again.