Journalists are not too interested to test drive the Lexus RC sports coupe

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 10, 2014

Although the new halo car for Lexus, it appears that the specialized media is not too interested in the new RC sports coupe. The Japanese company notified journalists that a new-car test-drive event was canceled and the reason is quite unusual: lack of interest. What’s more interesting is that both Japanese and non-Japanese media were invited.

For those who don’t know, the Lexus RC sports coupe was unveiled last year and is inspired by the LF-LC Concept. Lexus will offer its new coupe in two versions, the RC 350 powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 306 hp (236 kW) and 227 lb-ft (375 lb-ft) of torque and the hybrid RC 300h, which uses a 2.5-liter engine.

The most powerful version of the RC Coupe will be the RC F Coupe. This model is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine which delivers more than 450 hp and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque.

Bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the engine pushes the coupe from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds, while top speed is 170 mph or 273 km/h.

The luxury sport coupe segment welcomes the new Lexus RC 350 with a bang. In fact, this is probably the hottest thing to arrive from the Japanese brand’s luxury division.

Lexus aims to attract the “new breed” of luxury car buyers as well those who want to try out the brand for the first time. With this in mind, the RC 350 offers the latest technology, luxury, individuality and performance as guaranteed.

Beyond the RC 350’s stunning exterior comes fuel efficiency. The new 2015 Lexus RC 350 bears a standard 306hp, 3.5L V6 engine. This engine is paired with an 8-speed SPDS transmission, which helps deliver fuel savings, responsive torque and impressive acceleration.

One of RC 350’s best features is its outstanding handling capability. This element is very crucial in the midsize sedan’s transformation into a sports coupe model. True enough, Lexus’ bold and powerful new design is something we’ve never seen yet. The 2015 model is built as a standalone model instead of a 2-door version of a sedan.

Apart from the highly expressive designs, we can see how Lexus seems to be heading to the high performance category. One thing we’ve noticed here is the RC 350’s cabin, which bears similarities with the Lexus LFA supercar. Moreover, RC comes out with new technologies such as contrast layering and Infrared that came all the way from Lexus’ concept vehicles.

The Lexus RC 350 comes with both the rear-wheel drive and Lexus’ all-weather drive technology. The all-weather drive may be used with the F Sport or 6-speed automatic transmission. The F Sport features the AVS system aside from the optional Lexus Dynamic Handling with rear-wheel steering system.

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