Lexus has confirmed specifications and pricing for the 2019 RC range with the coupe getting tweaked styling, higher levels of standard equipment and adjustments to the ride and handling tune.
For 2019 a few subtle design changes inspired by the flagship LC500 have been incorporated into the RC line-up including a new front bumper, restyled LED headlamps, revised rear bumper, updated spindle grille mesh pattern and redesigned alloy wheels as well as the outer mirrors shared with the LC.
Lexus claims the RC’s dynamic capability has been improved thanks to new shock absorbers and stiffer suspension bushings which contribute to a flatter, supple ride quality and sharper handling characteristics.
Equipment levels for the RC300 and RC350 have expanded to include blind spot monitoring with lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, cornering lamps and exterior mirrors with a wider field of view with electro-chromatic auto dimming and memory.
Internally larger and higher knee pads on either side of the centre cluster add to the sense of space with other cabin improvements including a new brushed finish on the climate controls and audio panels. There’s also a new analogue clock taken from, you guessed it, the LC.
Lexus will offer each engine choice with either Luxury or F Sport trim levels.
Luxury variants will feature newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-accented trim, heated and ventilated front seats with memory function, power front seats and steering-column adjustment, keyless entry with push-button start, satellite navigation, 10-speaker audio system, parking sensors and a front performance damper.
Luxury variants of the RC350 also get adaptive variable suspension.
F Sport models are distinguished by new 19-inch alloys inspired by those on the LS and LC, new LED headlights in a triple eye arrangement with automatic high beam, Naguri aluminium trim inlays, adaptive variable suspension, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, F Sport steering wheel, sports power front seats, limited slip differential, and acceleration sound control.
Buyers of F Sport grades can also select from three new interior trim option - F Sport Flare Red, F Sport Black/Tuscan Sun yellow and F Sport White.
All RC models get the Lexus Safety Sense+ which includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high beam.
Powering the RC300 is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine offering 180kW and 350Nm whilst the RC350 packs a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V6 capable of developing 232kW/380Nm. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
2019 Lexus RC pricing (excluding on-road costs):
RC300 Luxury - $66,174 (+$845)
RC350 Luxury - $69,874 (+$1845)
RC300 F Sport - $74,529 (+$200)
RC350 F Sport - $77,529 (+$200)
Enhancement Pack 1 (Luxury) - $1900
19-inch alloy wheels and 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system
Enhancement Pack 2 (Luxury) - $4690
19-inch alloy wheels, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, tilt and slide moonroof and a smart-key card.
Moonroof (F Sport) - $2500
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