02.20.17 - Lexus RC 200t

2017 Lexus RC: Taking on All Challengers

When you consider the coupes that offer luxury and sport most of the names you see are familiar players in the market. Other competitors typically appeal to those who have spent some time in business and have come to a level of success associated with their position. For those who want to have a car that feels quick, young and active the Lexus RC offers you the drive you want and the bold looks you’re after. The RC is a performance beast that handles the ride on and off the track to be one of the most impressive cars you’ll ever drive, especially at the RC F trim.

It’s not often that you think of a sport luxury car as a value oriented machine. Typically these are built for the gusto with a “price be damned” attitude. The RC from Lexus makes a great choice because it starts out with a lower price to give you the value you want and the exciting drive you’re looking for. This makes for a fantastic blend of great items that will make it possible for you to drive what you want and enjoy the ride and the lower price you’re paying for this performance.

The luxury Toyota line offers some performance improvements made to the RC to give you more of what you want. Up front you’ll see the way with the triple-beam LED headlights on the RC 350 whole the RC 350 RWD adds Yamaha suspension dampers as part of the standard package. The RC F brings in a new Linear Adaptive Variable Suspension system for your driving enjoyment. Inside the Scout GPS system makes it possible for you to use smartphone navigation and have it displayed on the infotainment display so that you can find your way more easily.

There are four engine offerings under the hood of this impressive sports luxury car. Starting at the base model you’ll find a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the RC 200t that brings you 241 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the most fuel friendly engine with 22 city/32 hwy mpg. Moving up to the 300 AWD version you’ll enjoy a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 255 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. These are both excellent engines to start with and the base engine uses an eight-speed automatic while the V6 is shifted via the six-speed automatic transmission.

Moving up the lineup you’ll find the RC350 uses a 3.5-liter V6 as well, but it’s been tuned up to give you 306 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine uses the eight-speed shifter for better overall performance. At the top of the engine range is the RC F which uses a 5.0-loter V8 engine that give you a screaming 467 horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to a highly responsive eight-speed automatic transmission to give you the ride you want and make it smoother for you to enjoy the ride in a car that’s able to tear up the track or rip through the curves on the road.

Even the base model of the RC offers you some features you’ll love with automatic climate controls, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a seven-inch display for the infotainment system, a rearview camera and the use of the Lexus Enform Service. You’ll be amazed by the ten-speaker audio system that includes HID Radio, two USB inputs and Bluetooth streaming. The F Sport model brings a Sport+ driving mode to the fun you can have while also bringing in heated and ventilated front seats, a sport tuned suspension, a power adjustable steering wheel, larger brakes, front sport seats and forged BBS aluminum wheels.

The Lexus RC for 2017 is ready to show off and let you know what it is on the road and on the track. This gorgeous and active car has a youthful exuberance you’re going to love and the features that are built to make a huge difference for you on the road. Is this the right car for you? It certainly could be as it brings in the character you want and the ability to zip past the competition on the road and on the track all at a lower starting price than the rest of the cars in this class.

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