With luxury carmakers downsizing from six cylinder engines, Lexus has followed suit for their sports coupe, the RC. The RC follows in Lexus' range of cars with turbo fours which started with the NX200t, followed by the ES 200t for China and the IS 200t. Like the three cars mentioned, the turbocharged RC, dubbed the RC 200t, will share the same engine.
The RC 200t is equipped with the same 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine first seen in the NX 200t crossover. The engine produces 245 PS and 350 Nm of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic with manual shifting which Lexus calls Sports Direct Shift. The engine is more powerful than the company's 2.5 liter V6 mill which makes 207 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Lexus claims the turbocharged, four cylinder engine can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds to a top speed of 230 km/h.
As for efficiency, Lexus says the RC200t consumes 13.33 km/l in a mix of city and highway driving. The RC 200t is also easy on the environment, Lexus says, with CO2 emmissions at 166 grams per kilometer.
The RC 200t is available in standard or F-Sport trim. Standard models start with 17 inch alloy wheels with options for up to 18 inches. The F-Sport on the other hand gets exclusive 19 inch alloy wheels with F-Sport badging found inside and out. The F-Sport also gets sport seats.
With the F-Sport package, the RC 200t gets performance upgrades which includes a Torsen limited slip differential and adaptive suspension Lexus calls Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). AVS independently adjusts each wheel corner according to the road conditions and in Sport + mode, reduces body roll even further for maximum roadholding in spirited drives.
Sales for the RC 200t will start in Europe by the end of 2015.