Many people out there who fell in love with the Lexus RC wished that the automaker could bring an RC with a cheaper entry price. You can now smile as we can confirm that Lexus is extending its strategy of downsizing its engines to the RC.
The trend started with the IS sedan moved over to the GS lineup and now the automaker has introduced the trend to the second series of the RC line. The RC now features drive-train options similar to the 2016 Lexus IS.
2016 Lexus RC Exterior
To say the least, the 2016 Lexus RC coupe is elegant. Generally, the vehicle features a low profile, a wide stance and fender flares. The coupe stretches 184.8 inches long with a width of 72.4 inches and a height of 54.0 inches. The vehicle has a wheelbase of 107.5 inches.
The model features redesigned triangular headlights which borrow from the LF concept car. At the back, the cope features stunning taillights that will leave you drooling after it zooms past you.
The rear fascia also features two air outlets each on either side which give it an aggressive rear look. It also features elegantly designed exhaust tips. The coupe will ride on large aluminum wheels. Buyers will chose between two wheel options i.e. 10-spoke, 19-inch wheels or 5-spoke, 18-inch wheels. Both options feature black and platinum center caps which complement its general look.
2016 Lexus RC Interior
Sliding to the cabin, drivers and other passengers will love its stylish and sporty 2+2 coupe interior. The cabin features luxurious material finish and up-to-date technologies. The cabin is well lit by LED lights. Standard features include a 10-speaker Lexus Premium Audio system which is integrated with a 7-inch display screen, XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
The cabin also comes with dual-zone automatic climate control system. Front seats are upholstered in NuLuxe and are power adjustable. The front seats and the steering wheel are also heated for increased comfort. The rear seats have a 60/40 split fold-down functionality which expands cargo capacity.
Other standard features include keyless entry, Push Button start, Lexus Smart KEY System, a HomeLink universal transreceiver, water repellent door glass and the automaker’s signature analogue clock which is illuminated by LED light. For those in need of extra tweaks, the RC 300AWD and the RC 350 AWD offer F Sport packages with additional features at an extra cost.
Engine Specs and Performance
New for 2016, is a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine which will be featured on the new RC 200t. The engine delivers 241 hp and an amazing amount of torque i.e. 258 lb-ft of torque at only 1,650 rpm. The 200t is expected to be the fan favorite and could account for over 50% of the RC sales. The engine will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission system and power will be channeled to rear wheels only. The engine has an estimated fuel economy rating of 26 mpg in combined drives.
Lexus has also introduced an AWD variant i.e. the RC 300. Dubbed as the ‘all-weather RC”, the model uses a downsized 3.5 L V6 unit paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. The engine comes good with 255 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The RC continues to offer the RC 300 RWD and RC 350 which features a 3.5 L V6 engine that produces 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. This model is available in both AWD and RWD.
The RWD RC 350 moves from 0-60 mph in only 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph, the AWD RC 350 completes the 0-60 mph run in 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph while the AWD RC 300 makes the run in 6.3 seconds but with a similar 130 mph top speed while the base RC 200t takes 7.3 seconds for the 0-60 mph run and manages a 143 mph top speed. Motorists looking for a dose of sporty drive can opt for the F Sport package which comes with adaptive suspension and rear-wheel steering.
Alternatively, they can opt for the high performing RC F which features a 5.0 L V8 engine good for 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. This model is however reviewed separately.
Price and release date
The base 2016 Lexus RC 200t has a MSRP of $ 39,995 while the top trim 2016 Lexus RC 350 with the F Sport series 1 package carries a MSRP of $58,250. The base 200t and the 300 AWD are already on sale. However, the 350 will follow soon after this winter.