The MY2016 Lexus RC luxury coupe is once again poised to shock the premium market with its elegant looks, extensive technological features and new engine variants. Customers now have a wider range of RC vehicles to choose from, with the new RC 200t and RC 300 AWD joining the RC 350 in Lexus’s coupe line-up.
Each of these RC models features different power output with optional engine selections. Moreover, the Lexus RC 200t F SPORT and 350 RWD F SPORT can be fitted with available orange brake callipers and Limited Slip differential. On the other hand, performance dampers come as standard for RC 200t and as an option for RC 350 RWD F SPORT.
Also optional is the Lexus Enform Service Connect. Lexus Enform Service Connect – with its one-year complimentary subscription -- allows remote viewing of certain information – like warning light notifications, maintenance alerts and a vehicle health report.
The information can be accessed through the MyLexusandBeyond mobile app (iOS) or via LexusDrivers.com. Interestingly, the vehicle health report includes email and push notifications for diagnostic information, maintenance reminders, service campaigns and current vehicle alerts.
The MY2016 Lexus RC coupe is underpinned by a distinct platform derived from the architecture of other Lexus vehicles. For instance, the front end of the RC platform is derived from the Lexus GS, which by itself has managed to establish new benchmarks for stiffness and chassis response in a mid-sized sedan.
Since the front suspension area is derived on the Lexus GS, the RC features a thicker apron panel. On the other hand, the rear end of the RC platform is derived from the current-generation Lexus IS sedan, which is known for its performance and handling in the luxury sport sedan segment.
With added center-floor reinforcements, the RC now features a stiffer rear floor. Its center, meanwhile, is derived from the Lexus IS C (Lexus IS convertible), as this part has to be rigid enough for two large door openings. An enlarged rocker cross section gives the RC a more rigid center floor section, which in turn helps provide outstanding control.
None of these portions of the RC platform were directly taken from other vehicles; rather every one of them contributed to the overall chassis package. After adapting these portions, Lexus then fine-tuned the resulting architecture to allow it to underpin a luxury coupe with a high-performance profile.
Likewise, adapting these portions allowed Lexus to create a remarkably rigid basis for the new RC. Just like what it did with the Lexus IS, the carmaker pursued certain manufacturing techniques that resulted to a strong RC body -- laser screw welding, special body adhesives and additional spot welding.
Lexus also employed a high-rigidity structural adhesive to help secure the windshield and backlight. Moreover, Lexus added under-floor braces to the radiator support. Lexus added a number-two cross-member, tunnel brace, trapezoidal rear brace and front A-brace.
Effects of all these features – sharp turn-in response and handling -- can be thoroughly felt when a driver is maneuvering an RC on a corner. Likewise, the driver can easily keep the RC’s composure even when encountering a small bump while cornering, thanks to the vehicle’s stiff platform and finely tuned suspension.