LEXUS

LEXUS RC COUPE 300h 2.5 F-Sport 2dr CVT [Takumi pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2141 g/km

The improved Lexus RC is a premium two-door coupe that delivers smart design, Lexus luxury and craftsmanship, plus a refined and even quite engaging driving experience. The idea is to attract new and younger customers to the brand, though these people will need to like the idea of the 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid engine that lies beneath the bonnet.

CLASSY COUPE

The Lexus RC coupe isn't the obvious executive choice if you're looking for a mid-sized executive coupe, but it's quite a beguiling one if you like your luxury. Here's the usefully revised version. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The improved Lexus RC is a premium two-door coupe that delivers smart design, Lexus luxury and craftsmanship, plus a refined and even quite engaging driving experience. The idea is to attract new and younger customers to the brand, though these people will need to like the idea of the 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid engine that lies beneath the bonnet.

Background

Perhaps you're looking for an Executive Coupe selling in the £40,000 to £45,000 bracket. If so, your shortlist is likely to have a very Germanic feel to it, including cars like Audi's A5 and two-door coupe versions of the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 4 Series. Infiniti's Q60 coupe offers an alternative to these brands, but it's only sold through a very small dealer network. There is another alternative though - the car we're going to look at here, the improved Lexus RC. Lexus first introduced this generation of RC coupe at the beginning of 2015 in fire-breathing 5.0-litre V8 RCF guise, then followed it up a year later with tamer hybrid and turbo petrol versions. Today, the mainstream range - for our market at least - concentrates of the RC 300h hybrid derivative. This revised model is sleeker, better equipped and, it's claimed, a little more fun to drive.

Driving Experience

You probably won't be expecting this Japanese contender to match its German rivals for handling involvement , but Lexus engineers have aimed to make this improved RC more fun to drive by focusing their attention on details, such as enhancing the car's aerodynamics and fine-tuning the suspension system and powertrain. Endowed with a flatter and more stable ride quality and sharper handling characteristics derived from the LC, the new RC is more athletic and responsive than before. As before, vehicle dynamics benefit from tuned electric power steering and an Adaptive Variable Suspension system that emphasises handling agility as well as ride comfort. There aren't any engine changes to this revised model and it continues to be offered here primarily in 300h petrol electric hybrid form. If you want to settle back, there's nothing quite like the quiet, refined and sophisticated driving experience provided by the full hybrid powertrain and the E-CVT auto gearbox. As usual with a Lexus hybrid, you get the benefit of a fully electric EV driving mode for silent running over short distances. The engine is a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol unit aided by a powerful electric motor. Total output is 220hp, acceleration from nought to 62mph can be accomplished in 8.6 seconds, while the top speed is 118mph.

Design and Build

With this revised RC coupe, the Lexus designers have sought to add a little extra elegance to the exterior. There a smarter front bumper corner that flows down from the headlamps and a grille mesh pattern comprising shapes which gradually transform from top to bottom. The vertical arrangement of the extra-small triple LED headlamps and revised L-shaped LED tail lamps add to the car's more distinguished appearance. Inside, a brushed treatment has been applied to the heater control and audio panels, generating a higher sense of quality, while the knee pads either side of the centre console have been made larger and raised higher, creating a greater sense of space in the front of the cabin. The driver's palm rest has been reshaped and a stitching pattern has been added to the surface, showcasing the designers' high attention to detail. A new analogue clock, identical to the one in the LC, sits high on the instrument panel in another identifying feature of Lexus coupes. Otherwise, it's much as before. There's a touch more rear seat space than you'd get in, say, coupe versions of the BMW 4 Series or the Audi A5 and access to the back is made easier with a one-touch walk-in function using a lever mounted on the shoulder of the front seats. This automatically slides the front seat forward while folding the seatback forward. There's 340-litres of boot space, a figure unexceptional by class standards, but likely to be enough for most owners.

Market and Model

Prices for the RC 300h start at around £39,000 for the base model. Around £42,500 gets you more dynamic 'F Sport' trim (with an upgraded 'Takumi Pack' option for £2,000 more). Around £45,800 is enough to deliver the ritziest 'Takumi' version. All models are very well equipped. Even the base variant gets 18-inch alloy wheels, the Lexus Safety System+, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, smart entry, Lexus Premium Navigation and Tahara upholstery. Customers can also specify an optional sunroof and Leather Pack with smooth leather upholstery in Black or Dark Rose and an integrated steering wheel heater. The F Sport is distinguished by its exclusive F Sport styling features inside and out, including the front spindle grille with new F Sport mesh pattern, 19-inch multi-spoke alloys, steering wheel, sports pedals and sports front seats. Its performance theme is emphasised by orange brake callipers, visible through the slim spokes of the smart F Sport wheels. Other standard features include LED headlights in a triple eye arrangement with Automatic High Beam, LED front indicator lamps, leather trim and Adaptive Variable Suspension. At the pinnacle of the range, the Takumi derivative is equipped with Mark Levinson sound system, 19-inch 10-spoke alloys, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, memory setting for the driver's seat, sunroof and smooth leather upholstery.

Cost of Ownership

If the BiK taxation element of running costs is in any way significant to you, the RC 300h's petrol electric hybrid engine will be far more financially attractive than the diesel units of rival Mercedes, Audi and BMW coupe models in this segment. This manages 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 113g/km of CO2 in standard form - or 56.5mpg and 116g/km if you go for the 'F Sport' or 'Takumi' variants with their bigger wheels. Either way, that's not bad for a relatively heavy, performance-minded petrol-powered luxury coupe. Otherwise there's a three year/60,000 mile warranty for reassurance, a period of cover I'd normally call 'unremarkable'. I won't in this case because this is a Lexus. They don't tend to go wrong and if they do, you've got the best after sales care in the business to fall back on.

Summary

This improved Lexus RC continues to be a welcome alternative in the ranks of relatively affordable executive coupes. Not everyone prioritises ultimate driving dynamics in a model of this kind and for those in search of luxury, this car may well satisfy. Compared to coupe versions of obvious rivals like Mercedes C-Class, BMW's 4 Series and Audi's A5, this is a very different kind of contender. It feels more expensive and has the driveway presence and cabin feel of a £50,000 car rather than one costing £40,000 to £45,000. A certain kind of buyer will like this very much. And we can understand why.

  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Electric front windows with jam protection
  • Green UV glass with water repellent coating on front side windows

  • Emergency brake light system (EBS)
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Brake assist function
  • Orange brake calipers
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)

  • Textile carpet mats

  • Adaptive variable suspension with Sport modes
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth system
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Drive mode selector
  • Drive Start Control
  • Reversing camera
  • Adaptive cruise control + pre-crash system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Electric power steering
  • Lane change flasher function
  • 5 Driving modes EV/Normal/Eco/Sport/Sport+

  • Power boot lid

  • Remote touch interface
  • LFA style instrument meters
  • Lexus premium navigation with 10.3" display screen
  • 8" Multi-information display

  • Electric folding/heated/auto dimming door mirrors with memory function
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • 2 USB ports
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Radio/single CD/DVD player
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Mark Levinson premium surround sound system with 17 speakers

  • F Sport badging
  • Illuminated door handles with puddle light
  • Black L Mesh front grille
  • F Sport front and rear bumper
  • Pop up hood
  • F SPORT exterior styling
  • Black window surrounds
  • Sunroof
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Cornering light
  • Headlight washers
  • LED front indicators
  • LED rear lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 3 eye LED headlights with auto high beam

  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Automatic air recirculation
  • Pollen filter

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Perforated leather gearknob
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • 4 load tie down hooks
  • F Sport aluminium sports pedals
  • Active sound control
  • F Sport leather steering wheel with paddle shifts
  • F Sport Smooth leather upholstery
  • Self charging hybrid
  • Electrically adjustable steering column with lock protect
  • Lexus safety system +
  • F Sport interior styling
  • 12V accessory socket in centre armrest box
  • Foot pedal parking brake

  • LED interior illumination

  • Driver and front passenger 2 stage airbag
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Curtain shield airbag
  • Passenger knee airbag
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Seatbelt pretensioners

  • Heated front seats
  • Adjustable headrests
  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat with lock
  • 10 way power adjustable drivers seat with memory function
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 8 way electrically adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • Memory function for driver seat and steering column
  • One touch power walk in function
  • 2 way lumbar support for driver

  • 2 x Zippo type key
  • Speed sensitive power door locks
  • Smart entry
  • Smart card key
  • VIN Window etching
  • Inclination sensor
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Alarm
  • Anti theft system

  • 19" darkened alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 114
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.004
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 141

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 90
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 98
  • CC: 2494
  • Engine Code: AVC10R - RCXLHW

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.4
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 54.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 57.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 49.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 37.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 49.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 45.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 37.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 34.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 45.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.1

  • Coin Series: F-Sport [Takumi pk]
  • Coin Description: h
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 223
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 32E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 164
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4200
  • Engine Power - BHP: 223
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.6
  • Top Speed: 118

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/40 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2048
  • Height: 1395
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4700
  • Width: 1840
  • Wheelbase: 2730

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1735
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2170
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 340
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Loading Weight: 435
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • Metallic paint: £670
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £920

  • F Sport scuff plates: Included

  • Protection pack - RC: £449

  • Metallic - Mercury grey: £670
  • Metallic - Graphite black: £670
  • Metallic - F Sport White: £670

  • Solid - Velvet black: £0

  • Special metallic - Sonic titanium: £920
  • Special metallic - Azure blue: £920
  • Special metallic - Naples yellow: £920
  • Special metallic - Sonic red: £920

  • F Sport Smooth leather - White with Naguri-Style Aluminium Inlay: £0
  • F Sport Smooth leather - Black with Naguri-Style Aluminium Inlay: £0
  • F Sport Smooth leather - Flare Red with Naguri-Style Aluminium Inlay: £0
  • F Sport Smooth leather - Mustard with Naguri-Style Aluminium Inlay: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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