The awesome styling combined with worthy performance figures defines the Lexus RC, a dedicated and most alluring sportscar, available to lease on a car leasing option today. With the presence to take on the awesome BMW M4, the new Lexus RC (in its F mode) presents itself as a worthy adversary, ready to compete in a battle ground of epic proportions.
Defining the legacy of the Lexus name, the RC is all about performance, handling and comfort, providing a level of luxury that merges with the acceleration and nimbleness of a thoroughbred racer.
Apart from the styling and ingenious use of lightweight materials used in the RC's construction, this latest beast also benefits from the 5ltr V8 that produces 477 bhp, propelling driver and passenger from 0 – 62mph in 4.5 secs. Sporting an 8 speed semi-automatic gearbox that offers defined and responsive gear changes, the Lexus RC will reach a top speed of 168 mph.
Seating is plush and roomy for 4 adults and the RC provides a decent boot space too at 366 litres. As you'd expect with any Lexus, quality and refinement is first class and luxury has always been a key focus, one that doesn't disappoint here with the latest super-coupé from one of the leading high class motoring manufacturers.
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Mainstream RC models both use four cylinder petrol engines to produce just under 250bhp, but achieve that goal in very different ways. The RC 200t we’re trying here goes the conventional route, with a straightforward twin-scroll 2. 0-litre turbo unit developing 241bhp. Its ultimate performance is blunted a little by this car’s relatively heavy weight, but 62mph can still be reached in 7. 5s en route to 143mph. More importantly, it feels quite sporty, aided by a low-slung driving position and the rapid shifts of the standard eight-speed Sports Direct shift auto transmission you have to have.
The gearshift change times, the agreeably firm ride and the surprisingly direct and feelsome steering can all, along with throttle response, be altered by various modes of the standard ‘Drive Mode Select’ system, activated by this silver rotary dial near the gearstick. Go for the ‘F SPORT’ variant and you also get ‘Adaptive Variable Suspension’ and a Torsen limited slip differential to help you get the power down through the bends. Most RC buyers will go for the 2. 5-litre petrol/electric RC 300h hybrid derivative that puts out 220bhp, yet is capable of 57. 6mpg on the combined cycle and 113g/km of CO2. In other words, you’ve all the ingredients for what might arguably be the most sensible sporting car you could buy.
One of the key reasons you might want the Lexus RC lies with the way it looks. This mainstream version inevitably does without the arresting machismo of its high performance RC F stablemate, but it’ll still turn heads, especially if you specify the distinctive orange ‘Solar Flare’ paintwork.
Inside, the driver-focused theme continues in a leather-lined cabin deliciously different to the German class norm in its statement of style. Though much of it is derived from the brand’s humbler IS saloon, there’s still an agreeably expensive feel, with lovely touches like the metal surround to the analogue clock. It's not ostentatious and some of the materials are quite varied, but it looks good, unique, cultured and clever, especially in the ‘F SPORT’ guise.
Look a little more closely at what on offer though and the picture brightens. For a start, most versions of this RC 200t get as standard the proper temporary spare wheel that costs extra on those rival German models and would decrease their luggage space. Plus all RC buyers get a 60:40 split-folding rear backrest that will allow you to accommodate larger loads.
Sometimes, first impressions count and we’d wager the RC would be seen by most as the classier, more up-market proposition. That’ll matter to potential coupe customers, as will the fact that this car is not only good looking but also beautifully built, agreeably rapid, lavishly equipped and everyday-usable.
In summary, this is not only a more interesting, individualistic choice in this segment, but arguably a rather clever one. A certain kind of buyer will like this RC very much. And we can understand why.