The Lexus RC

The Lexus RC is a modern interpretation of the classic coupes from our past. The RC was designed and engineered from the onset to offer superb performance, adaptive dynamics, and a driver-focused cabin. The result is a sports coupe designed for the enthusiast in mind.

Design

The RC’s long hood design starts with Lexus’ signature spindle grille. This is luxuriously crafted onto a body that is the embodiment of the classic coupe. The lines may be modern, but the silhouette was not. The taut design incorporates two wide doors for access inside, a trunk to put the luggage in, condensed lighting units that pave the way day and night – including available twin projector LED headlamps – band a stance that is ready for action anytime.

Step inside a cabin made for four people. Seats range from supple aniline leather to sports seating with perforated leather. Selecting the F Sport package in the RC introduces another dimension in this sports coupe. The F Sport has a cabin that enhances driver focus with a heavily bolstered seat design and accents befitting a true sports machine. The dashboard is crafted with accents that are coordinated with the color of the upholstery, including several wood trims available in the RC.

Instrumentation is straightforward with a customizable information screen for trip and vehicle readouts. Choosing the F Sport will get an LFA-inspired TFT instrument cluster that is designed to quicken the pulse by looking at it. An available touchpad-controlled screen is the hub for audio functions, a navigation system and the connection to Lexus Enform for directions and the use of smartphone apps.

Your Choice: Turbo or V6?

The RC 300 is available with two engines. Rear-wheel drive models get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 241 horsepower with an eight-speed direct shift automatic transmission. Select the all-wheel-drive RC 300, and you are upgraded to a 3.5-liter V6 with 260 horsepower.

The RC 350 offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 311 horsepower. This engine can get the RC 350 from 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds. Rear-wheel drive models offer an eight-speed automatic transmission. All AWD models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

To enhance the driving experience, a Drive Mode selector knob can switch the RC from Eco to Sport, depending on the kind of driving being done. F Sport and the RC F models get the Sport S+ setting, where engine, transmission, steering and suspension dampening are dialed in for a canyon-carving driving experience.

The Lexus RC F

The RC F is the ultimate expression of this coupe. It is designed for the track, as well as the road. It has a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 with 472 horsepower, good for a 0-60MPH time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 168MPH. Channeling this power is an eight-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission, designed to work this power through the torque curve. A TORSEN Limited-Slip differential catches all of this power at the rear wheels. For more rear wheel performance, an available Torque Vectoring Differential provides the maximum drive to the wheels. Brembo provides the stopping power on the RC F.

Inside the RC F, there are racing-style seats are designed to lock in the body, ensuring the driver has focus on the road and his vehicle. The driver will also be focused on an LFA-inspired, RC F-specific TFT Dynamic Gauge Cluster that is designed to quicken the pulse by looking at it. Outside, the RC F gets a more dynamic nose with a deeper Spindle Grille, a three-bulb LED headlamp system, active airflow throughout, an active rear spoiler, and a diffuser with four exhaust ports.

In addition to the RC F, there is now the Track Edition. This is a limited production model that gives you the look and the feel of a track day warrior. The Track Edition adds an aerodynamic splitter made of carbon fiber, designed to increase front end downforce for better grip and more precise steering. The hood is carbon fiber, as are the side aerodynamics aids and the fixed rear spoiler. With the addition of these carbon fiber elements, the Track Edition weighs 176 pounds less than the normal RC F model.

The RC F Track Edition is not just about carbon fiber aerodynamics and weight savings. The brakes receive an upgrade with Brembo carbon ceramic rotors, designed for weight reduction, as well as to withstand extreme heat cycling during performance driving. BBS supplies a set of 19-inch forged alloy wheels, inspired by the racing wheels on the RC F GT3 race cars.

Safety and More on the RC

A Lexus is built to be safe. Active safety features are designed to keep everyone safe. Features include a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, a Backup Camera, Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Smart Stop Technology. To further enhance these technologies, Lexus Enform Safety Connect is available to connect with Lexus if an issue arises with the RC. Enform could also be monitored through a smartphone with its own app.

Pricing for the RC lineup starts at $41,295 for the RC 300 with rear-wheel drive. The RC F is priced from $64,900. Comprehensive packages, including the F Sport for the RC 300 and RC 350, are available with a level of equipment to turn an RC into an individual’s delight – including the RC F.

There is nothing like the feeling of driving a classic coupe. The Lexus RC is the return of that feeling. To see what it is all about, a visit to Lexus of Las Vegas is in order to see why the RC is a classic in its own time.

The Lexus RC

RC 300 RWD

MSRP from $41,295

Boasting a redesigned front fascia and strong, sweeping character lines, the RC is striking from every angle. And connecting you like never before, it’s now the first vehicle in its class with Amazon Alexa compatibility. Every RC model also features Apple CarPlay® integration.

RC 300 F Sport RWD

MSRP from $46,365

Take exhilaration to the next level with a range of exclusive performance and styling upgrades, including a full-faced mesh grille, 19-inch alloy wheels and an exclusively available TORSEN® limited-slip rear differential (RWD).

RC 300 AWD

MSRP from $43,985

With a more powerful V6 engine, you can take on the road ahead with even more confidence. In addition to full-time, all-wheel drive, the RC 300 AWD features Lexus Safety System+, an integrated suite of class-leading standard active safety equipment.

RC 300 F Sport AWD

MSRP from $48,540

Push all-weather performance and even sleeker styling to the limit with a range of F SPORT enhancements, including a more dynamic sport-tuned suspension, six-speed transmission with lightning-fast paddle shifters and bolstered sport seats.

RC 350

MSRP from $44,225 for RWD (AWD from $46,390)

Push all-weather performance and even sleeker styling to the limit with a range of F SPORT enhancements, including a more dynamic sport-tuned suspension, six-speed transmission with lightning-fast paddle shifters and bolstered sport seats.

RC 350 F Sport

MSRP from $49,295 for RWD (AWD from $50,905)

Take a double shot of adrenaline with more aggressive styling and a more dynamic F SPORT–tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension. Plus, an exclusive Custom drive mode lets you create a unique profile of various drive modes for a more personalized experience.

RC F

MSRP from $64,900

Pushing design and performance to new extremes, the RC F now features bolder styling and the most powerful Lexus V8 to date, as well as a new Launch Control system for lightning-fast acceleration off the line.

RC F Track Edition

MSRP from $96,800

With exclusive high-strength and lightweight carbon fiber components like a fixed rear wing and hood, the RC F Track Edition touts breathtaking acceleration and a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio.