Introduced in 2015, the Lexus RC fills a hole in the brand’s portfolio. This 2+2 sport coupe is Lexus’ first two-door model that isn’t a convertible in more than a decade. The RC boasts a wide, low stance, sculpted lines and a free-flowing design.
Lexus RC Overview
The Lexus RC is a midsize luxury sport coupe that’s roughly the size of the Lexus IS sedan. The model has a unique platform, but it derives its front end from the Lexus GS, its floor pan from the IS convertible and its rear quarter from the Lexus IS sedan. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
Lexus offers the RC in standard and F Sport models under the RC 350 umbrella. All RC 350 models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 306 horsepower. Models outfitted with rear-wheel drive have an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive models receive a six-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions can be operated in manual model with paddle shifters at the ready. The Lexus RC 350 is EPA-rated at up to 19/28 mpg city/highway and takes premium grade gasoline.
A special Lexus RC F edition is also available. This rear-wheel drive model is outfitted with a 5.0-liter V8 engine making 467 horsepower and comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is EPA-rated at 16/25 mpg city/highway and takes premium gasoline.
The Lexus RC seats four with very little room for rear-seat passengers. Standard exterior equipment includes 18-inch five-spoke wheels; LED headlamps, daytime running lights, and brake lights; side mirrors with integrated turn signals; and dual polish steel exhaust pipes.
Inside, the RC comes with a heated, tilt and telescopic steering wheel; a dynamic gauge cluster; three performance drive modes; bolstered front sport seats; and magnesium paddle shifters. Each model also has Bluetooth connectivity, courtesy lights, cruise control, a 10-speaker audio system, Lexus Enform infotainment and power accessories. A navigation package is sold separately.
The F Sport editing adds unique body colors, upgraded wheels, a tuned suspension system, contrasting seat stitching and badging and logo embellishments. Choose the high-performance Lexus RC F and unique trim, colors and amenities are offered.
Cargo room is very small, measuring just 10.4 cubic feet. This model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award recipient. A pre-collision system is available.
Models to cross shop include the BMW 435i, Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe, Cadillac ATS Coupe and the Infiniti Q60 Coupe.