• F Sport trim for new RC coupe
  • More aggressive styling inside and out
  • No specified mechanical differences from base RC

Lexus will debut its new RC coupe in the brand's sporty trim at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. The Lexus RC 350 F Sport brings more aggressive interior and exterior styling and, according to Lexus, sportier driving dynamics, too. But Lexus has yet to announce specific differences between the base RC 350 and the F Sport. We do know this: The RC 350 F Sport is positioned in the middle of the model lineup, with the 450-horsepower RC F at the top.

The base RC 350 focuses on elegance more than performance, featuring luxury-car niceties like wood interior trim. Still, performance should be satisfactory for most drivers. The coupe uses a 3.5-liter V6 that's good for over 300 hp in the 4-door IS. It's paired with an 8-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters -- a gearbox shared with the high-performance IS F.

F Sport trim for the RC will likely follow the same formula that Lexus uses for other models: bigger wheels with low-profile tires, more aggressive exterior styling with a revised grille, sportier interior trim and, of course, F Sport badges.

Lexus offers a range of factory-approved F Sport performance parts, such as brakes, suspension and exhaust. Although the automaker announced enhanced driving dynamics for the RC 350 F Sport, it has not announced which mechanical changes that it's using to achieve this.

One RC relative, the GS 350 F Sport, includes an adaptive suspension that allows the driver to dial in settings for sportier performance or greater comfort. Lexus may choose the same equipment upgrades for the RC 350 F Sport to offer drivers improved performance.

If the timing of each RC model's auto show debut is any indication, the RC 350 will be the first of the three coupe versions to go on sale. Expect an arrival date late in 2014. The lower, wider, V8-powered RC F and RC 350 F Sport will follow.

What it means to you: Lexus is on a mission to build its performance credentials, and F Sport models are part of its strategy. With the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, drivers will have a third choice between the base RC 350 and the wild RC F.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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