A new Lexus F model has been teased ahead of its unveiling at the Detroit auto show next January, anticipated to be the long-rumoured V8-powered flagship of the Lexus RC coupe range.
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Teased in a single image released by Lexus, the upcoming F model, finished in a vivid shade of blue, is believed to be the Lexus RC-F confirmed by IS and RC chief engineer Junichi Furuyama last November.

The image reveals F-spec 20-spoke graphite coloured wheels wrapped in high-performance Michelin rubber, sitting in front of large-diameter slotted brake discs, as well as an enlarged front air intake, a large air vent behind the front wheel and the obligatory Lexus 'F' badge.

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The premium Japanese car maker says the new model has been “engineered from the outset as a performance model”, promising it will deliver a "bold and aggressive" driving experience synonymous with the brand's F cars.

If the teased Lexus is indeed the RC-F, then it will be unveiled alongside its chief rival, the BMW M4 coupe, also set for a Detroit debut. To compete with the German two-door, the Lexus RC-F will need to be able to hit 100km/h in less than 4.5 seconds.

Last November, Furuyama confirmed to CarAdvice the RC-F will run a V8 engine, likely an updated version of the previous-generation Lexus IS-F’s 5.0-litre Yamaha V8, and suspected to have an output of 340kW/544Nm.

The Lexus RC will launch in the fourth quarter of 2014, with the RC-F expected to follow soon after.