2015 Lexus RC Review, Price and Release date
The 2015 Lexus RC Line brings to life the luxury marque’s focus on emotional appeal through a dynamic and alluring two-door coupe. It has been developed to raise the brand’s profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers. It injects emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability.
2015 Lexus RC Exterior
2015 Lexus RC designers have infused the RC design with deeply contoured lines never before seen in the Lexus line-up. They have integrated the widest and lowest application yet seen of the Lexus spindle grille. Triangular headlamps evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC design while concept vehicle inspiration is evident in the unique three-lamp LED design. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity. Thin design of the rear combination lamps adopts the symbolic Lexus L-shaped motif. RC’s aluminium wheels continue the concept-to-production design philosophy with two available combinations – a deeply sculpted 10-spoke 19-inch wheel or a muscular five-spoke 18-inch version, each precision-machined and finished with elegant black and platinum centre caps. The hero colour is red – featuring brighter and more contrasting shade made possible by a new Lexus painting process that uses multiple layers of clear and deeper-coloured coating.
2015 Lexus RC Interior
2015 Lexus RC Highly acclaimed sports concept vehicles have greatly influenced the interior of the Lexus RC coupe, with maximum use of contrasting colours, materials and lighting. A purpose-built Lexus-first lighting package provides a great sense of occasion, with illumination that reflects upwards, rather than downwards, to envelop the cabin. High contrast interior trim, including a startling new tone called Clove, emphasize design lines and accentuate the elegant cabin. Genuine shimamoku wood highlights – the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus – are used to emphasize the surrounding trim. The driver’s cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered centre console integrates a new Lexus first Remote Touch Interface. Importantly for a coupe, the seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method – much like the moulding of racing seats – to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support.
2015 Lexus RC Engine
The 2015 Lexus RC shares its wheelbase with the RC 350, but is about a half-inch longer and wider. Power comes from a 450-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 ? the strongest V8 from Lexus yet — joined to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Lexus hasn’t announced performance or fuel economy figures, but says the RC F will beat the IS F sedan on both counts. In our testing, the IS F accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, while the EPA rates it at 18 mpg combined.
Powerful and refined V8; impeccable interior craftsmanship and materials; should offer precise handling.
No manual transmission option; sedan’s cramped rear seat not likely to grow in the coupe.
The 2015 Lexus RC should debut this fall, around the same time as the RC 350 arrives, starting at around $70,000 for a well-equipped model. The RC F faces established competition from the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, new BMW M4 (also a coupe version of a high-performance sedan) and the all-wheel-drive Audi RS 5.