For 2018, Lexus Australia have spruced up their range of RC two-door coupes, effecting all variants up to the V8-powered range-topping RC F, including upgrades to its interior tech and safety suite in additional to changes meant to hone it as a dynamic package.
Its three grades of Luxury, F-Sport, and Sports Luxury remain, and so do their respective engine and transmission pairings. However, some minor changes have been made to improve efficiency and day-to-day effectiveness. The both the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 now feature a dual-injector system that works together with revisions to its variable valve timing and integrated catalytic converter.
So such tweaks, minor or otherwise, were mentioned about the atmospheric 5.0-litre V8 in the RC F, though, and is still expected to produce the same 351kW and 530Nm. The 3.5-litre V6, however, is rated at 232kW and 380Nm while the 2.0-litre turbo 180kW and 350Nm. As before, all engines are mated to an Aisin 8-speed automatic.
Elsewhere, the new entry level RC in Luxury trim receives full LED headlights and fog lamps while the interior has been outfitted with leather trim together with heated and ventilated electrically adjustable front seats, a new 10.3-inch infotainment display, satellite navigation, keyless entry, and a rear-view camera.
As standard, the each RC now comes equipped with a more comprehensive Lexus Safety System pack which pre-collision mitigation and braking, automatic high beam, and a more robust lane departure warning system and active cruise control.
The mid-range F-Sport trim is eligible for some other upgrades too, including a premium Mark Levinson stereo, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Meanwhile, the Luxury Sport grade receives a powered moonroof, unique 19-inch alloys, semi-aniline leather seats, and something described as Shimamoku interior ornamentation.
Going forward, the previous RC 200t variant will no longer exist, supplanted by the identically specified RC 300, conforming to nomenclature used by the rest of the Lexus range. Now starting at $65,400, prices have increased slightly for 2018 as well ($299 and $749 for the Luxury and F Sport), with the exception of the Sports Luxury trim, which is down by $91.
- Luxury - $65,400
- F Sport - $74,700
- Sports Luxury - $84,900
- Luxury - $68,400
- F Sport - $77,700
- Sports Luxury - $87,900
- RC F - $138,100
- RC F Carbon - $152,300