Brian Joss –
The Lexus RC 350 F-Sport which has been launched in South Africa was developed from the ground up as a dynamic coupe, not a two-door derivative of a sedan. This translates into a car that literally gives you the best of all worlds from a ride and handling point of view, said Lexus.
The RC chassis architecture takes inspiration from other recent Lexus vehicles: the stiff and responsive front end from the GS, the centre from the IS C for under body strength, and the traction-aiding rear end from the IS sports sedan.
Despite being a niche vehicle, the RC nevertheless has an important role to play in the Lexus line-up, according to Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Lexus. “As with other recent offerings from the marque, the RC takes Lexus in a new direction and is designed to engage with a younger audience,” Crompton said.
The 2GR-FSE engine delivers 233kW of power at 6400rpm and 378Nm of torque at 4800rpm, equating to a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6,3 seconds, topped off by a maximum speed of 230km/h.
It produces fuel economy figures of 9.4-litres/100km combined, CO2 emissions of 217g/km and is Euro-5 compliant, Lexus said. It is matched to an eight-speed transmission.
From a driver’s perspective, the RC comes fitted with an array of high technology interior appointments designed to work intuitively for comfort, control and enjoyment.
Traditional instruments are replaced with a display inspired by the instruments of the LFA supercar. The seven-inch electro multi-vision navigation (EMVN) display screen is centrally mounted in the dash, reducing the need for eye movement away from the road.
The RC F Sport carries a price tag of R730 900.