Turbocharged Lexus RC coupe to slot below RC-F

Lexus expends its coupe range with a new turbocharged model; more details to follow

Lexus will soon take on the BMW 4-Series and upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe with a new turbocharged version of its RC coupe, badged RC 200t.

With a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, recently introduced in the NX crossover, the RC is set to compete with the BMW 428i and Audi’s A5 2.0 TFSI.

To that end, the unit will develop 241bhp – slightly more than the 235bhp quoted for the similarly-motivated NX – and deliver a 0-62mph dash of 7.5 seconds. In the NX, torque is listed as 258lb ft at 1650rpm.

No current Lexus is available with a manual transmission, so you may not be surprised to learn that there are no plans to change that for the RC. Instead, the sole transmission will be an eight-speed automatic, with power sent through the rear wheels.

The RC body style is currently available only in RC F form – equipped with a 4969cc, 470bhp V8 and taking aim at the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.

While the turbocharged car’s suspension setup is likely to be different from the hardcore RC F, it’s likely to share its sophisticated double-wishbones at the front and multilink rear end. It should also shed some weight from the F’s portly 1765kg mass.

It’s difficult to make out any specific styling differences between the RC 200t and the RC F from Lexus’ solitary teaser image, but the company does appear to have applied class where in the F it might have used aggression. The polished wheels appear a little less prominent, the grille features slats rather than a mesh, and the bonnet lacks the F’s belligerent bulge.

No further details are provided, but with the Frankfurt motor show on the horizon – a likely launch venue – we’re sure to find out more in the next month.

Recommended

BMW M4 CSL revealed – M Division eyes the Porsche 911 GT3
BMW M4 CSL – front quarter
BMW M4 coupe

BMW M4 CSL revealed – M Division eyes the Porsche 911 GT3

It’s 100kg lighter, is rear-wheel drive and a 542bhp power figure. Bring it on.
19 May 2022
Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder prototype spotted with RS induction and centrelock wheels
Porsche Boxster Spyder RS – front
Porsche Boxster Spyder

Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder prototype spotted with RS induction and centrelock wheels

Porsche might be on track to apply some of the GT4 RS’s tricks to the 718 Boxster Spyder
10 May 2022
2022 BMW M2 teased with M Performance parts
2022 BMW M2
BMW M2

2022 BMW M2 teased with M Performance parts

BMW has released an official teaser of the all-new M2 ahead of its reveal later this year
9 May 2022
Toyota GR Supra review
Toyota GR Supra 3.0 – front cornering
Toyota Supra coupe

Toyota GR Supra review

A divisive, but ultimately fascinating sports car that has its flaws, but fights back with charisma
5 May 2022

Most Popular

Prodrive P25 teased – continuation Subaru Impreza WRX STI on its way
P25 teaser
Subaru

Prodrive P25 teased – continuation Subaru Impreza WRX STI on its way

Maker of the P1 and a key facilitator of Subaru’s rally heritage, Prodrive is working on a very special new project
19 May 2022
Viritech Apricale – deep dive on the first hydrogen-powered hypercar
Viritech Apricale
car technology

Viritech Apricale – deep dive on the first hydrogen-powered hypercar

This is not another heavyweight battery-electric hypercar, rather it’s a showcase for a new hydrogen fuel-cell technology that can deliver 1200bhp in …
18 May 2022
Used car deals of the week
header
used cars

Used car deals of the week

This week, we found a special McLaren 12C, a rare Mazda RX-7 and more
19 May 2022