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UPGRADED POWERTRAIN, SUSPENSION AND SAFETY TECHNOLOGY FOR LEXUS RC

Lexus has upgraded the stylish RC sports coupe with a series of focused changes that pursue more dynamic driving responses and even higher safety standards.

With changes to powertrain, suspension and safety equipment, the Lexus RC continues to provide superb driving characteristics and new driver assist technology.

Headlining the changes is the addition of new adaptive control software for the intuitive 8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission standard on both 2.0-litre turbocharged RC 300 and 3.5-litre normally aspirated V6 RC 350 models.

New adaptive control software operates in NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+1 modes and now more assertively adapts transmission shift points according to driver input and road conditions.

In NORMAL mode, during gentle driving the transmission control continues to favour higher gears to improve fuel efficiency while for sportier driving, it will now adapt and hold lower gears longer to deliver optimum torque, response and control.

If SPORT or SPORT S+1 mode is selected, the adaptive control will even more readily select lower gears during the braking phase when spirited driving is detected.

Both Lexus RC 300 and RC 350 models also benefit from modifications to the rear suspension with the installation of an increased diameter stabiliser bar with reduced wall thickness and newly developed high-strength aluminium for the upper arm, helping to reduce weight while ensuring rigidity.

Lexus has also enhanced convenience with the adoption of an electric park brake (replacing foot-operated).

For improved safety, new all-speed Radar Active Cruise Control (RACC)2 is standard in all variants of the updated Lexus RC.

All-speed RACC2 is able to adapt to the changing road conditions at all speeds, including coming to a complete stop in traffic, before automatically starting again. For the RC 300, this includes switching off then on the vehicle's Stop & Start engine system without any driver input.

Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the addition of new features to the RC sports coupe ensures that Lexus continues to offer customers even higher standards in key areas.

"These upgrades to the sporty, yet luxurious RC sports coupe further the Lexus reputation for making regular and thoughtful improvements to our entire range," Mr Thompson said.

"The advanced technology and engineering in the Lexus RC ensures that every journey prioritises driver connection, dynamic performance and safety."

The latest upgrade to the Lexus RC builds on an already extensive list of luxurious convenience features including dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated power-operated front seats, leather-accented interior, a 10.3-inch display screen with Lexus Remote Touch-pad Controller, Apple CarPlay®3 and Android Auto™4 compatibility, DAB+ digital radio5, satellite navigation, plus a 10-speaker Pioneer6 audio system.

The comprehensive standard Lexus Safety System+2 incorporates a Pre-Collision Safety system (PCS) with Pre-Collision Braking (PCB) including Pedestrian Detection, Radar Active Cruise Control (RACC), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist (LDW+).

A Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)2 with Lane Change Alert (LCA)2, reversing camera2, clearance & reversing sonar2 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)2 are also standard.

In addition to the upgraded features, the Lexus RC is also now offered in two new colours - Sonic Chrome and Celestial Blue - along with the other existing palette including White Nova, Sonic Quartz, Titanium, Onyx, Graphite Black, Infrared, Zinnia Yellow and Cobalt Mica8.

Lexus has also ensured the upgrades come at minimal cost to customers with all recommended retail prices increasing by just $100.

GradePrice9
RC 300 Luxury
RC 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 1
RC 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2
RC 300 F Sport
RC 300 F Sport with Enhancement Pack 1
RC 350 Luxury
RC 350 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 1
RC 350 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2
RC 350 F Sport
RC 350 F Sport with Enhancement Pack
$67,990
$68,980
$72,680
$75,736
$78,236
$70,736
$72,726
$75,426
$78,736
$81,236


RC 300 Luxury highlights
2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection
Rear Wheel Drive
Maximum Power of 180kW
Maximum Torque of 350Nm
8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) Automatic Transmission
Stop & Start engine system
Fuel consumption (Combined) - 7.3 L/100km7
Drive Mode Select - ECO, NORMAL and SPORT mode
Front performance damper
Double wishbone front suspension
Multi-link rear suspension
18-inch 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with 235/45 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and Washers
Keyless smart entry
Self-dimming interior mirror
10.3-inch Multimedia screen with Lexus Remote Touch-pad Controller
Apple CarPlay®3 and Android Auto™4 compatibility
DAB+ digital radio5
Satellite navigation
Multimedia voice control
10-speaker 256W Pioneer6 DVD Audio
Dual Zone Climate Control
Leather-accented interior
Heated and ventilated front seats
Power operated front seats with driver memory
Power adjust steering column
60/40 split-fold rear seats
374L cargo storage
Clearance & reversing sonar (8-head)2
Pre-Collision Safety system (PCS)2 with Pre-Collision Braking (PCB)2
PCS includes Pedestrian Detection2
Radar Active Cruise Control (RACC)2
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)2 with Lane Change Alert (LCA)2 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)2
Automatic High Beam (AHB)2
Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist (LDW+)2

RC 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 1 adds
19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels with 235/40 (F) and 265/35 (R) Bridgestone Potenza tyres
17-speaker 835W Mark Levinson®6 DVD Audio system

RC 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2 adds
19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels with 235/40 (F) and 265/35 (R) Bridgestone Potenza tyres
17-speaker 835W Mark Levinson®6 DVD Audio system
Power tilt & slide moonroof
Smart key card

RC 300 F Sport adds (except Power tilt & slide moonroof)
19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels with 235/40 (F) and 265/35 (R) Bridgestone Potenza tyres
17-speaker 835W Mark Levinson®6 DVD Audio system
Smart key card
Triple-stack LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
SPORT S+ and CUSTOM drive modes
F Sport TORSEN limited slip differential
F Sport suspension tune
F Sport Performance front brake package
F Sport digital instrumentation & interior trim
F Sport steering wheel, scuff plates and pedals
Acceleration Sound Control (ASC)

RC 300 F Sport with Enhancement Pack adds
Power tilt & slide moonroof

RC 350 Luxury highlights
3.5 Litre V6 Petrol Engine with Direct Injection and Dual VVT-i
Rear Wheel Drive
Maximum Power of 232kW
Maximum Torque of 380Nm
8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) Automatic Transmission
Drive Mode Select - ECO, NORMAL, SPORT S, SPORT S+ and CUSTOM
Fuel consumption (Combined) - 9.1 L/100km7
Front performance damper
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
Double wishbone front suspension
Multi-link rear suspension
18-inch 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with 235/45 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and Washers
Keyless smart entry
Electric retractable and self-dimming exterior mirrors
Self-dimming interior mirror
10.3-inch Multimedia screen with Lexus Remote Touch-pad Controller
Apple CarPlay®3 and Android Auto™4 compatibility
DAB+ digital radio5
Satellite navigation
Multimedia voice control
10-speaker 256W Pioneer6 DVD Audio
Dual Zone Climate Control
Leather-accented interior
Heated and ventilated front seats
Power operated front seats with driver memory
Power adjust steering column
60/40 split-fold rear seats
374L cargo storage
Clearance & reversing sonar (8-head)2
Pre-Collision Safety system (PCS)2 with Pre-Collision Braking (PCB)2
PCS includes Pedestrian Detection2
Radar Active Cruise Control (RACC)2
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)2 with Lane Change Alert (LCA)2 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)2
Automatic High Beam (AHB)2
Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist (LDW+)2

RC 350 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 1 adds
19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels with 235/40 (F) and 265/35 (R) Bridgestone Potenza tyres
17-speaker 835W Mark Levinson®6 DVD Audio system

RC 350 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2 adds
19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels with 235/40 (F) and 265/35 (R) Bridgestone Potenza tyres
17-speaker 835W Mark Levinson®6 DVD Audio system
Power tilt & slide moonroof
Smart Key Card

RC 350 F Sport highlights
19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels with 235/40 (F) and 265/35 (R) Bridgestone Potenza tyres
Triple-stack LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
Smart key card
Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) with Dynamic Rear Steering
F Sport TORSEN limited slip differential
F Sport suspension tune
Variable gear ratio steering
F Sport Performance front brake package
17-speaker 835W Mark Levinson®6 DVD Audio system
F Sport digital instrumentation & interior trim
F Sport steering wheel, scuff plates and pedals
Acceleration sound control

RC 350 F Sport with Enhancement Pack adds
Power tilt & slide moonroof


1SPORT S+ mode not available on RC 300 Luxury grades.
2Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
3CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.
4Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google LLC.
5Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
6Product & company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
7Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR81/02 combined (L/100km).
8Lexus Australia reserves the right to vary or discontinue the current interior and exterior colours, trims and colour/trim/model combinations. See your Lexus dealer to confirm availability when ordering your vehicle.
9Recommended retail price provided for general media release purposes only. Excludes dealer deliver and statutory charges. Optional extras at additional cost.


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For more information, please contact:

Dan DeGasperi
Lexus Australia public relations
E: dan.degasperi@lexus.com.au
M: +61 466 612 742




 
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Lexus RC sports coupe (RC 350 F Sport shown)
Lexus RC sports coupe (RC 350 F Sport shown)
Lexus RC sports coupe (RC 350 F Sport shown)
Lexus RC sports coupe (RC 350 F Sport shown)
Lexus RC sports coupe (RC 350 F Sport shown)
Lexus RC sports coupe (RC 350 F Sport shown)