Lexus Australia has given non-performance versions of the RC sports car an update, with improvements made on the transmission, suspension and safety fronts.
As before, there are four ‘regular’ variants of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 coupe rival, and each one is $100 dearer post-update, with the entry-level RC300 Luxury now priced from $67,990 plus on-road costs, while the RC300 F Sport checks in at $75,736.
Meanwhile, the mid-range RC350 Luxury is now priced from $70,736, while the RC350 F Sport checks in at $78,736. For reference, the RC F and RC F Track Edition performance flagships still cost $136,636 and $165,117 respectively.
The RC300 and RC350 versions continue to be mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, but it now has new adaptive control software, which is active when the Normal, Sport or Sport S+ drive mode is engaged.
According to Lexus, “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+ mode is selected, the adaptive control will even more readily select lower gears during the braking phase when spirited driving is detected,” the brand added.
Also new to the RC300 and RC350 variants are changes to their rear suspension, including an increased-diameter stabiliser bar with reduced wall thickness, and newly developed high-strength aluminium for the upper arm, claimed to help reduce weight and ensure rigidity.
The foot-operated park brake in these versions is no more, having been replaced by a more modern electric item that markedly improves convenience.
All-speed adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality has also been introduced in the RC300 and RC350 variants, with the former’s idle-stop system even integrated into the process.
Sonic Chrome and Celestial Blue are new paintwork options for the rear-wheel-drive RC, joining White Nova, Sonic Quartz, Titanium, Onyx, Graphite Black, Infrared, Zinnia Yellow and Cobalt Mica.
RC300 versions continue to be powered by a 180kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, while RC350 variants still step up with a 232kW/380Nm 3.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol V6.
And the RC F and RC F Track Edition make their performance credentials known with a 351kW/540Nm 5.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol V8, which is also matched to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
2021 Lexus RC pricing before on-road costs
|RC300 Luxury||automatic||$67,990 (+$100)|
|RC300 F Sport||automatic||$75,736 (+$100)|
|RC350 Luxury||automatic||$70,736 (+$100)|
|RC350 F Sport||automatic||$78,736 (+$100)|
|RC F||automatic||$136,636 (N/A)|
|RC F Track Edition||automatic||$165,117 (N/A)|