the butt air conditioning does come as standard on the car

The RC presents a cockpit almost taken right out of the IS sedan, which may come across as more business than pleasure. That aside, we did notice that the more “affordable” coupe did have a few bits omitted from the list of kit.

There is no SatNav, and the Lexus Remote Touch with the signature “Kong Guan” biscuit controller is nowhere to be seen. In place a rotary selector, with “Audio” and “Menu” selection switches fill the gap, with a smaller 7” infotainment display. Simplified, but still well put together.

We were glad however; that the butt air conditioning does come as standard on the car, which is a massive plus on hot days. Air-conditioning switchgear comes with a gimmicky, touch-sensitive slide up – slide down thermostat for both driver and passenger. Rear passengers too have a blower sited just above the transmission tunnel.

Cargo room is a very practical 423 litres, and yes the rear seats do fold in 60:40 fashion to provide for more room when needed, only to be marred by the kerb made by the rear seatbacks. Then again, the fuel tank and drive shafts have to go somewhere right?

While the 2.0 does retain a good set of bucket seats (which are very comfortable… try pushing your head into that headrest), it does lose its memory function. Some things you cannot live without. One of my gripes though, unlike some German cars, would be equipped with a forwarding arm, integrated into the B pillar, which automatically extends the belt to the front occupants, since the doors are inherently larger to accommodate for entry and exit of rear passengers. In place, Lexus took inspiration when buying a handbag, and installed leather straps to hold the belts in-place.

The +2 rear seating is not the most ideal, then again it really is a coupe. Occupants who are anything above 170cm will find it very difficult during entry and exit, and you  fall victim to oil stains on the rear roof lining from that lanky guy who still insists on using “Brylcreem” on his hair.

We were glad that the steering did retain its electric adjuster. Wait… electric seats, and electric steering wheel adjuster. It wouldn’t have hurt if we were to have a memory function for two… Right Lexus?

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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


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


Body Type Sedan
(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 (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs