Sports coupes often feel as if they’re sacrificing luxury and comfort for performance. Obviously, if you want to buy a luxury sports car, you expect outstanding performance to be a key part of the package, but without sacrificing those comfortable seats or luxurious interiors. Fortunately, there is one sports coupe that manages to find that fine balance between exceptional performance and luxury, and that’s the Lexus RC.
This refined sports coupe has undergone a reimagining in recent years, responding to the ever-present challenge of the German sports coupe market. The result is a range of RCs that are sublime in their looks and elegance, aggressive in their performance, and flawless in their reliability and driveability. The Lexus RC is, quite simply, the ultimate sports coupe. Let’s take a closer look at why, and what’s on offer with the 2023 range.
Before we look at what’s under the bonnet and inside the cabin, let’s talk about the styling for a moment. Since the launch of the RC back in 2014, the RC has undergone several facelifts. The most recent for the 2023 RC and the RC F has resulted in a sports coupe with a much more dominating and even perhaps a slightly aggressive profile that makes the coupe look fast even when it’s standing still.
Those exquisite curves and the elongated bonnet, combined with the flared wheel arches and a low stance also improve the aerodynamics of the coupe. They allow it to sit lower on the road, eliminate body roll in the corners, and improve fuel consumption as well. But while the styling may have many practical advantages, it also turns heads, making this a fabulous-looking coupe with that iconic pinched spindle grille completing the Lexus look.
The Lexus RC and RC F don’t cut corners when it comes to power. In the 2023 RC, a 3.5Ltr V6 delivers 312hp, smoothly delivered through an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission that gives you all the power you need on demand.
Upgrade to the RC F and you’re entering a whole new league of performance. This luxury coupe has two more cylinders and a lot more horsepower, with a 5.0Ltr V8 engine delivering a massive 471hp, making it the largest naturally-aspirated engine in its class and the most powerful V8 Lexus ever developed. A speed-activated rear wing provides extra downforce, improving aerodynamics and pushing the vehicle onto the road for even more refined handling.
Performance is blisteringly quick, but thanks to that lower profile and stiffened suspension and chassis, the handling is sublime, even through twisting mountain roads. The car responds to every command the driver gives it, making you feel as if you’re part of the machine itself. It’s that connection, that passion, and that sheer exhilaration that makes people fall in love with the Lexus RC.
Inside, no detail has been left to chance. In the RC F, the cockpit is race-inspired, with distinctive pedals, bolstered sports seats, and digital instrumentation. For the RC, the interior is more refined and sophisticated, but still with that unique RC personality.
Technology is plentiful and state-of-the-art, from the Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system to the touch-screen infotainment system that includes onboard navigation and climate control.
We could wax lyrical all day about the features of the Lexus RC and RC F, listing a hundred different reasons as to why it is the ultimate sports coupe. But what it really boils down to is how this incredible coupe makes you feel. And that is why the Lexus RC is, without a shadow of a doubt, the ultimate sports coupe.
Find out more about the RC at Al-Futtaim Lexus and book a test drive online today to Experience Amazing for yourself.