Lexus promises LFA DNA with new RC

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 28, 2015

Described by its maker as a “purpose build from-the-ground-up-coupe”, Lexus has finally announced pricing of its much vaunted RC.

Available in certain markets since last year, the RC replaces the much maligned SC as Lexus’ range topping sports coupe, and is claimed to feature a number of traits from the limited run LFA, but at a more affordable price.

Measuring 4 695 mm in length with a wheelbase of 2 730 mm and height of 1 395 mm, the RC rides on the same platform as the GS, but with the centre structure coming from the IS C and the rear assembly being borrowed from the current IS sedan.

Sporting the latest version of Lexus’ L-finesse design language, which borrows certain cues from the recently launched NX, the RC is the first model to make complete use of LED’s for exterior lighting as well as an automatic high beam system that dips the lights when an oncoming vehicle is detected.

Despite its luxury aspirations, the RC is said to be driver focused with changes over the GS including a stiffer chassis, suspension and springs. In another first, the RC comes fitted as standard with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which allows the driver to change various setting depending on road conditions.

Aside from the revised electric power steering, the RC also includes Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). Essentially a four-wheel steering system, the former allows for easy turning when in town or at speed, while the latter controls the steering ratio according to speed and steering operation.

Up front, the RC will initially be available in mid-range 350 F-Sport from with an entry-level 2.0-litre turbo model (RC200t EX) expected to arrive next year. The much hyped about range topping 5.0-lite V8 RC F has not been earmarked due to pricing concerns.

As with the IS, RC’s 3.5-litre V6 produces 233 kW and 378 N.m of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, linked to Lexus’ Drive Mode Select system with four settings (ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT +).

Top speed is a claimed 230 km/h with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 6.3 secs. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 9.4 L/100 km and emissions at 217 g/km.

In typical Lexus form, standard spec is comprehensive and includes a 10-speaker Pioneer sound system with USB, Aux and Bluetooth streaming, a LFA-inspired eight-inch TFT display for the details, seven-inch multi-vision navigation display, 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels, Lane Departure Alert and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM) system.

A four year / 100 000 km warranty and service plan is included in the R730 900 asking price.