2016 Lexus RC 200t F-Sport

Since Toyota launched Lexus as its luxury brand, for a long time, the brand always loomed in the shadows of the parent company. Many times we saw Lexus models that were merely repackaged models of Toyota, for example, the Lexus Harrier and Toyota Harrier. However, the automaker decided to give the brand more autonomy and recent times we have seen the brand churn out better looking and luxurious models that are better placed to rival other luxury automobiles in the market which is the reason the brand was created.

One such model that has received a huge following is the Lexus RC lineup of coupes. Lexus has greatly refined these coupes that they can no longer look odd when standing side by side with German models. Read along to learn more about the 2016 Lexus RC 200t F-Sport, one of the models in the RC lineup:

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2016 Lexus RC 200t F-Sport Exterior

The coupe bears a similar design language to the one we have seen on new Lexus sedans. At the front is the signature spindle grille which every Lexus model must carry. Unlike other models, the spindle grille is much wider and falls a bit lower in the RC coupes. The grille is flanked by new headlights which have a triangular shape. This design is adopted from the LF-LC concept. When the low beam is on, the lights display an “L’ shape as if to tell everyone that this is a “Lexus”.

On the rear, the vehicle features new and elegant taillights that make the rear very attractive. There is also an air outlet on each side of the rear. To complete the excellent rear styling are stylish dual exhaust tips. The coupe will ride on either 10-spoke, 19-inch aluminum wheels unlike the base model’s 5-spoke, 18-inchers. The wheels feature black and platinum center caps and are wrapped in high-performance tires.

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2016 Lexus RC 200t F-Sport Interior

The interior is lovely. We must give credit to Lexus as it tries to rival traditional German offerings. Although the RC is yet to match the likes of BMW 4 Series, Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, the automaker has done a great job and has almost nailed it.

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A little bit more refining and the Lexus RC coupes will be as good as the German-made coupes if not better. While front seats are very comfortable with sufficient head and leg room, the same cannot be said of the rear which is expected of coupes. Nonetheless, the seats are okay for children. The RC 200t has a 374 liter cargo space which is not very impressive of the models as most of its rivals have more capacity.

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The cabin features a “Clove” interior trimming which is an interior tone specifically designed for the RC.  This tone is combined with a genuine shimamoku wood trim to add a dose of luxury to the RC’s cabin. The cockpit is split into two sections dubbed operational and display zones. The operational zone features an instrument panel and a 7.0-inch navigation display while the display zone features a layered center console with a new Remote Touch Display Interface.

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In addition to these features which come standard even for the base model, the RC 200t Sport adds sport-bolstered front seats, an Adaptive Variable Suspension system, a Sport+ driving mode, stability and traction control as well as a performance braking system.

For safety the  RC comes standard with a rigid structure that has both front and rear crumple zones, 8 airbags, side-impact door beams and a host of driving aids such as a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, a backup camera, a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control, stability and traction control, parking assist and Enform Safety Connect.

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Engine Specs

The 2016 Lexus RC 200t F-Sport is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine. The engine delivers 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.  This is the most efficient engine in the Lexus’s RC lineup.

The engine is paired with an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission that features paddle shifters. Lexus says the coupe can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph.

Lexus has managed to achieve an excellent front-to-rear weight distribution of 42:58 despite the model’s 4-cylinder engine. This has translated to a lighter, sharper and crisper feel when riding even when maneuvering corners.

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Price and release date

To get your hands on the coupe’s wheels, you will need to spend $48,519.  The model is already available in Lexus’s dealer showrooms.

Competition

The upgraded 2016 Lexus RC 200t F-Sport will go guns blazing against the trio of the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. The Cadillac ATS Coupe will also pose some rivalry.

Though the RC has not yet reached the class of the German machines, it has managed to attract a following of fans looking for a new type of luxury in their Sport coupes far from what the traditional German brands offer.

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