Lexus has refreshed its sporty RC Coupe, and it’s been revealed at the Paris Motor Show. Lexus claims that enhancements have been made to the RC’s aerodynamics, tyres, suspension, engine response and steering.
The exterior styling remains as sporty as the current model, but subtle changes in the details, inspired by Lexus LC design cues, imbue it with a new-found elegance. Lexus designers sought to maintain the RC’s dynamic coupe proportions, while adding a high level of elegance to the exterior.
Key to achieving this was the addition of distinctive design elements, such as a new front bumper corner that flows down from the headlamps and a grille mesh pattern comprising shapes which gradually transform from top to bottom, creating an intriguing visual tension. The vertical arrangement of the extra-small triple LED headlamps and new L-shaped LED clearance lamps add to the car’s more distinguished appearance.
Air ducts have been added to the corner of the rear bumper, resulting in better handling stability and enhanced overall driving response. A wider stance and lower centre of gravity reflect the car’s high ability to maintain grip in different road conditions. The rear combination lamps now house more pronounced L-shaped lenses that are a new signature design feature for Lexus coupes. Inside the cabin, everything from the high-quality materials to the precise layout of controls and gauges was crafted to maximize driving pleasure.
New shock absorbers, which provide significant damping force from low suspension stroke speeds, and stiffer suspension bushings have also been introduced. New 19-inch wheels shod with higher-grip tyres support excellent steering response. The new RC underwent extensive real-world testing, with chassis engineers constantly fine-tuning performance, to improve ride and handling.
The new RC F Sport features the same grille mesh pattern that graces all Lexus F Sport models, together with many other custom exterior and interior items that are exclusive to this special grade. These include powerfully styled 19-inch alloy wheels, inspired by those used by the LS and LC luxury flagship sedan and coupe.
In all 11 different exterior colours will be available for the RC, including Flare Yellow and Sky Blue, shades which perfectly communicate the car’s dynamic nature.
Lexus South Africa has yet to confirm when the refreshed RC will be launched in South Africa.