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Lexus RC coupe 2019 pricing and spec confirmed

Neil Dowling
Contributing Journalist
GoAutoMedia

6 Dec 2018 • 5 min read

Lexus Australia has closed the styling gap between the RC coupe and its more dynamic sibling, the LC, with subtle upgrades to the RC to bring the design elements of the two cars closer.

The performance of the RC has also been enhanced with improvements to the suspension for better handling, and enhanced aerodynamics for more stability.

The updated RC, launched this month, has price increases of up to $1845 with the range now starting at $66,174 plus on-road costs.

The RC now picks up the LC’s styling in the new bumpers, restyled LED headlights, changes to the alloy wheel design, mirror shells and the updated 'spindle-grille' mesh pattern.

Safety equipment has been boosted with a blind-spot monitor, lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert and rain-sensing wipers now added to the Luxury versions of the RC350 and RC300, while the RC350 also adds adaptive variable suspension.

Inside, the RC’s improvements across the board include larger and high kneepads on the centre console, a new analogue clock now shared with the LC, and brushed dash trim for the ventilation and audio panels.

The F Sport grade adds to its exclusive styling features with freshly designed 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels similar to the LC, new LED triple-eye headlights and 'Naguri' aluminium trim for the cabin.

All RC variants have the 'Lexus Safety Sense+' pack that includes pedestrian detection, active cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beam.

Lexus offers seven paint colours for the Luxury – including the new 'Sparkling Meteor' (blue) – and nine colours for F Sport including four exclusive finishes – 'Lava Mica', 'Zinnia Yellow', 'Cobalt Mica' and 'White Nova'.

Luxury versions have four trim colours, two of which are new – 'ochre' and 'dark rose' – while the F Sport has four trim options, with three being all new – 'F Sport Flare Red', 'F Sport Black/Tuscan Sun' (yellow) and 'F Sport White'.

Prices for the upgraded RC range reflect the additional specification with the RC300 Luxury up $845, RC350 Luxury up $1845 and the F Sport variants up just $200 apiece.

The Luxury has the option of two enhancement packs, the first adding 19-inch alloy wheels and a premium 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system for $1990. The second enhancement pack includes these features and then adds a tilt-and-slide moonroof and smart-key card for $4690. The moonroof is available separately on F Sport variants for $2500.

There are no changes to the drivetrains of the RC range. The RC300 has a 180kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine and the RC350 comes with a 232kW/380Nm 3.5-litre direct-injection V6. Both engines have an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing and spec details are yet to be announced for the refreshed V8-powered RC F performance flagship.

Sales of the RC have stumbled in November with the monthly result down 34.6 per cent on the same period in 2017. In year-to-date sales, the RC is down 9.9 per cent.

The results reflect the slide in the sportscar segment that took a 46 per cent hit in November compared with the same month in 2017, and a 28 per cent drop in year-to-date data.

2018 Lexus RC list pricing:

Lexus RC300 Luxury, automatic$66,174
Lexus RC350 Luxury, automatic$69,874
Lexus RC300 F Sport, automatic$74,529
Lexus RC350 F Sport, automatic$77,529

Do the changes make the RC a more attractive buy? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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