Lexus RC Coupe Excites The Luxury Sport Coupe Category With Bold Design And Driver-Focused Interior

The Lexus RC brings heat to the luxury sport coupe category with bold design and a choice of three powertrains. The selection process continues with the F SPORT package that’s available for each RC model. Distinguished by exclusive exterior design and interior features, the F SPORT raises the performance ante with specially tuned suspension and a raft of luxury upgrades.

Lexus RC

The 2017 RC is distinguished by a new base black grille finish, new finishes for the 18- and 19-inch wheels and new available triple LED Premium Headlamps. The RC 350 RWD gains new performance suspension dampers.

All RC models turn a smartphone into a navigation system with the standard Scout® GPS Link for models equipped with Lexus Display Audio. With the app on the driver’s paired phone, navigation maps and turn-by-turn directions appear on the vehicle’s central display screen. An integrated Lexus Navigation System remains an option.

Visual Jolt Machine

From every angle, the low profile, wide-stance RC provides a visual jolt, with the Lexus signature spindle grille a focal point of the design. The F SPORT takes the grille design further, with the upper section’s mesh pattern gradually transforming into an “F” character as it approaches the lower extremity.

The Lexus RC, available in a variety of colors including new-for-2017, Caviar, announces its presence with Lexus signature headlamp design and technology. State-of-the-art -LED headlamps and separate L-themed daytime running lamps (DRLs) give a unique look and highly effective illumination. Like the headlamps, the rear LED combination lamps show the distinct Lexus L-shape motif, created by a raised surface.

Three Levels of Power

The RC Turbo is one of several 2017 Lexus models powered by a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with the D-4ST direct injection system and an intercooler. This smooth operator produces 241 hp, with 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 1,650-4,400 rpm. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and consumes fuel slowly, with 22 mpg city / 32 mpg highway / 26 mpg combined EPA-estimated fuel economy.

The RC 300 AWD model’s 3.5-liter V6 with the Lexus D-4S system of direct and port injection produces 255 hp and 236 lb.-ft. torque, the latter at 2,000-4,800 rpm, and is teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. The RC 350 gets a 306-horsepower version of the V6. With rear-wheel drive, it’s got the eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission; with all-wheel drive, it’s a six-speed automatic.

Shiftly Business: Eight-Speed SPDS Transmission

The eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission combines torque converter smoothness with shifting speed of a dual-clutch unit when shifting manually.

Three driver-selectable modes – NORMAL, SPORT and MANUAL (M) engage full torque-converter lock-up from second to eighth gears for manual shifting. Downshifts are made in just 0.4 seconds in M mode, with the transmission’s throttle blipping control matching the engine speed to the gear.

SPORT mode engages G-sensor AI-Shift control, which uses information from the G-sensor on driving status to provide the optimal gear ratio for a more sporting driving experience. The transmission will automatically downshift during hard braking for a corner, hold a lower gear through the corner for greater control, and then give the driver a greater power response on corner exit by selecting a lower gear.

Drive Mode Select: Have It Your Way

The Lexus RC listens to the driver through the Drive Mode Select system. Using a dial on the console, the driver can “dial in” the performance response and the feel desired. Drive Mode Select tailors the vehicle’s powertrain, electric power-assisted steering assist curve and, on F SPORT, suspension response. Modes include NORMAL, SPORT and ECO. The F SPORT adds SPORT S+ mode for
maximum handling performance from the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the available Dynamic Handling System (LDH) on the RC 350 F SPORT.

High Rigidity Body, Sports Car-Inspired Suspension

The RC is built on its own high-rigidity platform, borrowing some key components from the GS and IS sport sedans and bolstered by such manufacturing techniques as laser screw welding and special body adhesives. The driver will feel the net result of all those construction features in the RC’s crisp turn-in and poise through curves.

The RC draws its double wishbone front suspension design and multi-link rear suspension from the GS model’s architecture. Already standard on the RC Turbo, new standard performance dampers further sharpen agility on the 2017 RC 350 RWD. The electric power steering (EPS) provides a natural, firm feel with good feedback thanks to rigid mounting hardware.

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