Lexus RC Turbo Review
Does an Engine Size Reduction Reduce the Amount of Woohoo in a Coupe?

clifford chow
29 May 2017
 

Introduction

But overall, the car does cut a striking silhouette, especially with that bumped-up bootlid

Lexus first introduced the RC 350 Coupe a while ago, the large engine size somehow also meant a larger price tag. The more affordable RC Turbo brings the price down by about $80k, and makes the car more attainable.

But what does the Turbocharged 2.0 coupe bring to the table? Or in this case leave behind?

For one, the bulletproof and very smooth 3.5 litre V6, makes way for a smaller 4 cylinder turbocharged unit. Well, there is a V8 available, but that one fits into a totally different market segment, and at almost twice the price.

Externally

The 2.0 loses the “Triple L” headlamp cluster that the V6 model came with, but the units are still full LED. In place of the mesh grille, a milder-looking “razer” type grill takes centre stage.

Rim size has also gotten a little smaller, with the 2.0 sitting on 235/45R18 wheels. The 19” units that the V6 came with did a better job with filling the wheel arches.

Rear styling-wise, the “L” shaped rear tail lamps have been retained. But overall, the car does cut a striking silhouette, especially with that bumped-up bootlid. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Bore x Stroke (86.0 x 86.0 )mm
Power 241bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1650rpm
Power to Weight 143.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 230 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4695 x 2069 x 1395) mm
Wheelbase 2730 mm
Turning Circle 10.4 metres
Kerb Weight 1675 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 66 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs