You know what people say, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” and now Lexus is offering new engine choices under the hood of its RC Coupe. The design remains the same, but for 2016 the model will be offering three engine choices as well as All-Wheel-Drive.
The two new engine options come in two new models. The first is the RC 200t. It gets a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 241-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is paired to with eight-speed automatic transmission and RWD. The other model is the new RC 300 AWD model. It gets a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 255-horsepower and 236 lb-ft or torque. It is paired with six-speed automatic transmission.
The standard model continues to be the RC 350. It packs 306-horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque with a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to RWD and eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission, which downshifts at the lightening fast speed of 0.1 seconds and allows drivers to switch between normal, sport, and manual modes.
For drivers who want an even more sport focused RC Coupe, Lexus is continuing to offer the F Sport model. It uses a combination of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) with Dynamic Rear-wheel Steering technology to improve handling.
The RC Coupe joined the Lexus lineup just last year and keeps the design with its super rigid body that contributes to the sport coupe handling. The rigidity is achieved with laser screw welding and high-rigidity structural adhesive used on the windshield and backlight. It is also equipped with under-floor braces, a front A-brace, a tunnel brace, and a trapezoidal rear brace. All this for exceptional cornering and handling that Lexus says is the best of its regular production vehicles.
Handling is also achieved with cues from the the Lexus GS and IS models. The GS serves as the base for the front design and the IS serves as the base of the rear design. The suspension also takes cues from the GS with a front double wishbone suspension and a rear multi-link suspension with a toe control arm.
The cabin features a luxe coupe design with large kneepads on the center console and sweeping trim from to doors to the front. The design connects drivers to the road with a four-dial gauge system that outlines the speedometer and tachometer in silver with the engine temperature and fuel gauges on either side. There is also LED interior lighting that reflects softly through a microdot design.
Pricing and a sale date should be available soon.