New Lexus RC coupe prices and specs announced

Updated Lexus RC coupe starts from £38,800, gaining exterior and interior tweaks as well as new paint options

Lexus has confirmed full pricing and specifications for the newly-refreshed RC coupe. The entry-level model starts from £38,800 - a drop of £340 compared to the previous car.

As before, the BMW 4 Series rival comes in a choice of three trim levels, though the naming convention now follows that of the ES saloon and UX crossover. The middling F Sport model remains, but the former entry-level Lux version has been replaced with ‘RC’ and the Premier model is superseded by Takumi.

As standard, the RC features 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, sat nav and an environmentally-conscious ‘Tahara’ synthetic leather trim.

The RC F Sport models add sportier bits of trim inside and out, and at £42,300 they cost £660 more than the pre-facelift F Sport. New 19-inch wheels house brakes with orange calipers, and a chrome mesh grille set the front end apart from other models. Inside, the seats, pedals and steering wheel are different from the items in the base model. Over the standard RC, the F Sport gains leather upholstery, adaptive dampers, LED headlights and LED front indicators.

The Takumi sits at the top of the range, and adds a Mark Levinson sound system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and a memory setting for the electric driver’s seat. The Takumi costs £45,800.

The RC and F Sport are both offered with option packs, to bolster the kit list. Buyers of the standard RC can add leather seats, a sunroof and a heated steering wheel. The F Sport Takumi pack also adds a sunroof and heated wheel, plus the Takumi’s Mark Levinson hifi, and aluminium trim inlays. The Takumi pack adds £2,000 to the price of the F Sport.

Visual changes aren’t dramatic but the RC has been freshened up with a re-profiled front bumper, a new grille and updated LED headlamps with a new lighting signature. Additionally, a total of 11 exterior paint finishes are now available. Inside, the revised leather padding has been added to the RC’s transmission tunnel for greater passenger comfort.

Lexus also says the updated RC has a ‘more stable ride quality’ and ‘sharper handling characteristics’. This has been achieved, says the Japanese firm, by fitting new shock absorbers, stiffer suspension and improving the steering response.

Engine options remain unchanged meaning buyers have the choice between the RC 200t, which uses a tweaked 2.0-litre turbocharged engine for better throttle response, and the 300h powered by a 2.5-litre hybrid electric powertrain.

Later down the line it’s expected that Lexus will launch an updated and more powerful RC F using the firm’s 5.0-litre V8 engine.

Click here for all the latest in the build-up to the 2018 Paris Motor Show...

Recommended

Paris Motor Show
Articles

Paris Motor Show

Welcome to our Paris Motor Show hub page. Scroll down for all our Paris content...
28 Feb 2020
BMW 4 Series vs Audi A5 vs Lexus RC
Car group tests

BMW 4 Series vs Audi A5 vs Lexus RC

We find out if the new BMW 4 Series can beat the Lexus RC and Audi A5
21 Nov 2020
New Toyota GR Corolla nameplate trademarked ahead of 2023 release
Toyota GR Corolla - front (watermarked)
Toyota Corolla

New Toyota GR Corolla nameplate trademarked ahead of 2023 release

The new Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch will reach the UK in 2023, sporting the same turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine as the GR Yaris
1 Apr 2020

Most Popular

New Dacia Bigster concept previews future SUV
Dacia Bigster - front
Dacia

New Dacia Bigster concept previews future SUV

New concept gives us a glimpse at an all-new flagship Dacia Bigster model that has value at its core
14 Jan 2021
BMW X2 M Mesh Edition on sale now priced from £34,510
BMW X2 M Mesh Edition - front
BMW X2

BMW X2 M Mesh Edition on sale now priced from £34,510

The BMW X2 M Mesh Edition features unique decals and upholstery, as well as – you guessed it – a mesh radiator grille
15 Jan 2021
New Nissan Qashqai to gain e-Power hybrid setup
Nissan Qashqai - exclusive image front
Nissan Qashqai

New Nissan Qashqai to gain e-Power hybrid setup

Nissan has revealed specs of the next-gen Qashqai’s e-Power electrified powertrains ahead of the car’s full reveal early this year
15 Jan 2021