12.19.15 - 2016 Lexus RC

The Performance Lexus: 2016 Lexus RC

In Lexus, Sports Car by Rocco Penn

Normally when you think of the Lexus name to be a performance player that comes with the moniker of “F” at the end of the name, but the RC is a bit different.  While most of the F models are similar to what you see from BMW as the M models and from Mercedes-Benz as the AMG versions, with the RC, every model is a performance player to give you the amazing ride and be the style you want to enjoy.  This four-passenger sports coup lets you have the fun drive you want to enjoy every ride which can only be improved upon by purchasing the V8-powered RC F.

As a new model form last year the RC has been expanded to four models for this year that all give you the sharp style and fantastic reflexes you want.  This sports coupe is able to carve up the road while giving you the drive you want and the features you need to enjoy the ride.  The two new models added are the RC 200t and RC 300 AWD to be a great pair to add to the menu for some awesome sports styling and perfect driving from the stiff suspension, athletic stance, instantaneously responsive steering and perfect braking.

What makes the Lexus RC a great choice is the not only the performance but the price.  At the base price the RC 200t shows up at just a little under $41,000.  Move up to the RC 300 AWD and you will spend roughly $43,500 which is the same range as the RC 350.  Adding AWD to the 350 you will pay close to $46,000 and the RC F which is the performance champion of the group will be yours for a price of $64,000 making it an affordable performance car that is made for power and handling, not just for one of the two.

One the outside you start the visual journey with the spindle grill and sharp LED headlights that are meant for perfection.  The move back shows many lines and angles for you to be excited by along with a smooth look over the roofline that sweeps back in perfection.  You can certainly leave it to Lexus to offer us a unique style and that is exactly what you get with the RC.  This new look will certainly appeal to the younger crowds that are the target market for the car, but anyone can enjoy the awesome drive of this beautiful sports coupe.

When you step inside the RC you are greeted by a comfortable and perfect place to drive from.  Adding the fact this is a luxury performance car the RC will fit you like a glove for a wonderful performance ride.  To go with this athletic feel, you also get to enjoy the luxury of the highly advanced features of the car that is being touted as one of the best drives you can have that will also present you with the advanced luxury features you want to enjoy.

With the Lexus name you were once greeted by vehicles that had excellent reliability but not much in the way of style.  The RC certainly takes style to a new level and gives you a sports car that has great performance and an  attitude you will love.  What you see added this year are two new engines that expand the lineup and give you even more on this fairly new model.  This certainly helps to improve the choices you have, but also gives you the AWD at a lower price point to be perfect for you to drive.

What is under the hood of the Lexus RC is a variety of four different set ups for three different engines that are attached to two different transmissions.  The base engine is now a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that offers up 241 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.  This engine is mated to the eight-speed automatic transmission to bring a fuel mileage of 22 city/32 hwy mpg.

The second engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers 255 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque for the RC 300 AWD.  This mates to a six-speed automatic transmission to bring you a fuel mileage of 19 city/26 hwy mpg.  This same engine is used for the RC 350 in both the RWD and AWD format which have 306 and 200 lb.-ft. of torque for you to enjoy.  With the eight-speed automatic you will enjoy 19 city/28 hwy mpg for the RWD model while the AWD uses the six-speed automatic to return 19 city/26 hwy mpg worth of fuel mileage for you.  At the top of the RC lineup is the RC F which is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that achieves 467 horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of torque.  This top model uses the eight-speed automatic transmission for some smooth shifts to give you the fuel mileage of 16 city/25 hwy mpg.

The features you will enjoy for the Lexus RC start at a standard list that includes automatic climate control, a self-dimming rearview mirror, an infotainment system with a seven-inch display screen, a rearview camera, the Lexus Enform Service Connect service, a ten-speaker audio system which includes HD Radio, dual USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity and Eyes Free iPhone integration.  the F Sport model adds a standard variable suspension, the Sport + driving mode, heated and ventilated front seats, a performance suspension, a power adjustable steering wheel, larger brakes, front sport seats and forged BBS aluminum wheels.

When looking to the list of options offered on the Lexus RC this car can include a navigation system with a touch pad controller, an upgraded Enform suite of services, heated and ventilated front seats, a leather interior, a heated steering wheel , a moonroof, a Mark Levinson premium audio system, blind spot monitoring and the pre-collision warning system.  With the RC F you can add the benefit of a torque vectoring rear differential, a carbon fiber roof and carbon fiber spoiler to the car to enhance its overall performance.

If you’re looking for an awesome luxury sport coupe that can be great for every day driving and for racing around the track the Lexus RC is a fantastic choice to make; stop by your local Lexus dealer and check it out.