Following its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show this month, the new Lexus RC coupe will go on sale in the UK on 1 November, with new styling features, wheel designs, equipment specifications and grade line-up.
New grades and equipment
The new RC follows the focused three-grade concept that has been announced for the forthcoming Lexus ES saloon and UX compact crossover with a range comprising RC, F Sport and Takumi models.
Key features on the RC include new-design 18-inch alloy wheels, Lexus Safety System+, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, smart entry, Lexus Premium Navigation and Tahara upholstery. Customers can also specify an optional sunroof and Leather Pack with smooth leather upholstery in Black or Dark Rose and an integrated steering wheel heater.
The F Sport is distinguished by its exclusive F Sport styling features inside and out, including the front spindle grille with new F Sport mesh pattern, 19-inch multi-spoke alloys, steering wheel, sports pedals and sports front seats. Its performance theme is emphasised by new orange brake callipers, visible through the slim spokes of the new F Sport wheels. Other standard features include LED headlights in a triple eye arrangement with Automatic High Beam, LED front indicator lamps, leather trim and Adaptive Variable Suspension.
Options include three paint finishes exclusive to the F Sport – Solar Flare, Naples Yellow and Azure Blue, plus a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert for safe manoeuvring in parking spaces and in traffic. A Takumi Pack is available, equipping the RC F Sport with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, steering wheel heater, card key, Naguri aluminium trim inlays and a tilt/slide sunroof.
At the pinnacle of the range, the Takumi is equipped with Mark Levinson sound system, 19-inch 10-spoke alloys, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, memory setting for the driver’s seat, sunroof and smooth leather upholstery.
Prices for the new RC range are as follows: –
|RC F Sport||£42,300|
|RC F Sport with Takumi Pack||£44,300|
New Sharp yet Smooth styling
Lexus designers sought to maintain the RC’s dynamic coupe proportions, while adding a high level of elegance to the exterior with elements such as a new front bumper corner that flows down from the headlamps and a grille mesh pattern comprising shapes which gradually transform from top to bottom, creating an intriguing visual tension. The vertical arrangement of the compact triple-eye LED headlamps (F Sport and Takumi) and new L-shaped LED clearance lamps add to the car’s more distinguished appearance.
Air ducts in the corners of the rear bumper contribute to better handling stability and enhanced overall driving response. The rear combination lamps house more pronounced L-shaped lenses that are a new signature design feature for Lexus coupes.
In the cabin, a brushed treatment has been applied to the heater control and audio panels, generating a higher sense of quality, while the knee pads either side of the centre console have been made larger and raised higher, creating a greater sense of space in the front of the cabin. The driver’s palm rest has been reshaped and a stitching pattern has been added to the surface, showcasing the designers’ high attention to detail.
A new analogue clock, identical to the one in the LC, sits high on the instrument panel in another identifying feature of Lexus coupes.