Lexus RC design aims for dynamic style and elegant performance

posted on Friday, 19th October 2018 by Chris Jenkins

Lifestyle  Luxury  Industrial design  Automotive 


The new Lexus RC coupe goes on sale in the UK soon, and its revised styling and finish are key points in its appeal.
Following its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show, the RC will be seen on British roads from November.
Since its introduction in 2014, the RC has always been regarded as a stylishly aggressive looking car – perhaps a little heavy to be altogether sporty. The latest version boasts elegant new styling features, wheel designs, equipment specifications and grade line-up.
Key to the new look is a refinement of the ‘sharp yet smooth’ philosophy, maintaining the RC’s dynamic coupe proportions, while adding a high level of elegance to the exterior.

"The new RC follows the focused three-grade concept that has been announced for the forthcoming Lexus ES saloon and UX compact crossover."

New elements include a redesigned front bumper corner which 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 compact triple-eye LED headlamps (on the F Sport and Takumi models) and new L-shaped LED clearance lamps add to the car’s more distinguished appearance.
The air ducts in the corners of the rear bumper aren’t just for show – they contribute to better handling stability and enhanced overall driving response. The rear combination lamps house more pronounced L-shaped lenses, a new signature design feature for Lexus coupes.
In the cabin, 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.
Lexus RC Interior

Lexus RC Exterior 2

The new RC follows the focused three-grade concept that has been announced for the forthcoming Lexus ES saloon and UX compact crossover, with a range comprising RC, F Sport and Takumi models.
Key features on the RC include new-design 18-inch alloy wheels, Lexus Safety System+, front and rear parking sensors, 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 exclusive 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 new orange brake calipers, visible through the slim spokes of the new 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. Options include three paint finishes exclusive to the F Sport – Solar Flare, Naples Yellow and Azure Blue.
A Takumi Pack is available, equipping the RC F Sport with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, steering wheel heater, card key, Naguri aluminium trim inlays and a tilt/slide sunroof. Other options include a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, for safe manoeuvring in parking spaces and in traffic
At the top of the range, the Takumi 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.
Lexus says the updated RC has a ‘more stable ride quality’ and ‘sharper handling characteristics’, achieved by fitting new shock absorbers, stiffer suspension and improving the steering response.

Engine options remain unchanged, so buyers have the choice between the RC 200t, which uses a tweaked 2.0-litre turbocharged engine for better throttle response, and the 300h, powered by a 2.5-litre hybrid electric powertrain.
Prices range from £38,800 to £45,800, with an updated and more powerful RC F using the firm’s 5.0-litre V8 engine expected later in the range.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is a freelance technology and industry journalist working for a wide range of consumer and B2B magazines and websites

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