First seen at last year’s Geneva motor show, the two-door Lexus RC is a full-blooded coupe, with a dedicated design that gives new emphasis to Lexus’s powerful and distinctive styling language. In the UK the range offers two powertrains: the RC 300h full hybrid with 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and the RC 200t, the latest model to adopt Lexus’s 241bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
In addition, the Lexus RC F, introduced in late 2014, remains available as a high performance iteration of the coupe, powered by Lexus’s 471bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine.
Luxury grade is exclusive to the full hybrid Lexus RC 300h. Although it marks the entry point to the coupe range, it delivers a wealth of features true to Lexus’s reputation for combining premium, on-board comfort, useful advanced technologies and excellent safety provisions.
Key specifications include 18-inch alloys, cruise control, folding/heated door mirrors, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system with CD player, DAB, Bluetooth and two USB ports, seven-inch multimedia screen with Remote Touch controller, power-adjustable front seats, smooth leather upholstery, split-folding rear seat and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The safety and driver assistance features include Lexus’s Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, eight airbags, pop-up hood and Hill Assist Control with Brake Hold. The Lexus RC further benefits from Drive Mode Select, which adjusts performance to suit conditions or driver preference, with Eco, Normal and Sport modes.
The elegantly powerful lines of the Lexus RC are given added visual urgency on F Sport models, with a stronger iteration of the Lexus spindle grille, plus multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, deep front and rear bumpers and LED headlights in a signature “triple L” arrangement (with Automatic High Beam function).
In the cabin there are F Sport front seats that are power-adjustable with heating/ventilation, driver’s side memory setting and automatic “easy access” function. Other F Sport elements include aluminium scuff plates and sports pedals and LFA-style meters that automatically change appearance according to the drive mode selected.
Going beyond style features, F Sport models increase driver rewards with Adaptive Variable Suspension and, on the 200t F Sport, a limited-slip differential. The Drive Mode Select system adds a fourth Sport+ mode which introduces additional chassis control for an even sportier drive.
Other key equipment features include rain-sensing windscreen wipers, rear-view camera and Lane Keep Assist.
At the top of the new Lexus RC range the Premier grade models go even further, adding to the standard features of Luxury with the addition of 19-inch alloys, Lexus Premium Navigation, 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround audio system, “triple-L” LED headlights with Automatic High Beam function, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats with driver’s side memory setting, power steering wheel adjustment, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and a rear-view camera.
Exterior and interior colours
The new Lexus RC is available in 10 exterior colours, including vibrant Sonic Red, Solar Flare and Azure Blue, which are shared with the high-performance RC F. F Sport White, Solar Flare and Azure Blue are exclusive to F Sport models.
For the interior, customers can choose from four smooth leather shades – Black, Topaz Brown, Clove and Grey for Luxury and Premier grade, with Dark Rose replacing Topaz Brown in the selection for F Sport. Contrast or toning stitching is featured on the instrument panel doors, seat bases and seatbacks, while a sporting feel is displayed in quilting of the upholstery across the centre section of the F Sport seats. Cabin inlays are black for Luxury grade, aluminium for F Sport and Shimamoku Grey for Premier.
Each new Lexus RC grade features a different alloy wheel design: five-spoke 18-inch for the RC 300h Luxury,; multi-spoke 19-inch for the F Sport models; and 10-spoke 19-inch rims for the Premier.
The new Lexus RC is available to order now, with first customer deliveries in January 2016.
|RC 200t F Sport||£36,495|
|RC 200t Premier||£39,495|
|RC 300h Luxury||£34,995|
|RC 300h F Sport||£37,495|
|RC 300h Premier||£40,495|
NB: Images displayed are not UK specification models