Lexus RC seems striving being relative new comer in coupe segment. Ribbed taillamp, architectural fenders, grille twisted, orange color make it stand apart from competitors as Audi A5, BMW 4-series and Cadillac ATS. Lexus RC200t with rear drive and turbo four cylinder engine beside being least expensive in RC and is newest as well. 200t sells alongside RC300 having V-6 producing 256 hp, RC350 V-6 306 hp , have rear and all wheel drive system, also comes RC F V-8 467 hp 5.0 liter.
RC200t price starts at $40,935 which is $2795 less to RC350 and $2625 less to RC300. Our tested model has special $4105 F Sport package includes firmer suspension, 19 inch wheels, summer tires, heated steering wheels, heated and ventilated seats, tilt and telescoping steering powered column, upgraded brakes, blind sport monitoring, rear cross traffic alert. You can opt for safety assists ($1000), limited slip differential($460), orange brake calipers($300), audio and navigation ($2610).
To maximize efficiency amendments done in form of intercooled 2.0 liter turbocharged and four cylinder, it runs Otto and Miller consumptons cycles having exhaust camshaft phasing and variable intake. Direct and port fuel injection provides better fuel economy and power with 10 is to 1 consumption ratio. 2.0 litre produces 241 hp at 5800 revs and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1650 revs along with eight speed automatic transmission. Gearbox seems behaving better. Drivers can have full authority over upshifts by disabling stability control. Took 6.7 seconds for 60 mph, 22/32 mpg for city/highway is not too good not too bad.
Engine and transmission is well mannered but excess weight diminishes advantage. Despite being smaller than Chevrolet Camaro , RC200t has more 369 pounds taking total to 3838 pounds. Takes 165 feet to stop from 70 mph, brakes and cornering is competitive, steering is quick, body motion in Sport S+ driving mode is well controlled, Dunlop SP tires gets firm grip on ground.
In interior two knogs with edges controls audio functions, driver seats gets better view of road, sliding tachometer color code rpm, digital mph , info about oil temp, trip mileage, compass heading and boost pressure. Along with touchpad to regulate entertainment, phone, apps, navigation, climate with 12 volt power source. Upholstery named NuLuxe is available in eight colors is environment friendly. Four shades available to cover every base with no extra cost. Trim shift knob, perforated leather steering wheel, all these are part of F Sport package. Adequate adult head and leg room.
Surely RC200t is going to prove tough in sporty coupe segment.