Just like the IS sedan, the Lexus RC coupe lineup gets some reshuffling to accommodate the addition of a new turbocharged four-cylinder model. The RC coupe was previously offered only as a V-6 powered RC 350 or a V-8-powered RC F, but now offers the four-cylinder RC 200t along with the RC 300 AWD.
The 200t’s 2.0-liter turbo-four is the same powerplant found in the NX crossover and the IS and GS sedans. It makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the RC 200t, and powers the rear wheels through a eight-speed automatic transmission. The 200t is slower than the RC 350 from 0-60 mph, at 7.3 seconds, but offers improved EPA fuel economy of 22/32 mpg city/highway.
The four-cylinder RC is available with the F Sport package that adds more aggressive exterior styling, an adaptive suspension, and rear-wheel steering for sharper dynamics. The F Sport package, which is still available on RC 350 models as well, also gains a limited-slip differential (for RWD models only) and orange brake calipers for 2016.
Because Lexus is not yet offering the 2016 Lexus RC 200t with all-wheel drive, the new RC 300 AWD model provides a lower-cost option for buyers looking for four-wheel traction. It features a detuned version of the 3.5-liter V-6 from the RC 350 making 255 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, and uses a six-speed automatic transmission.
No changes are in store for the carryover RC 350 model, which offers both rear- and all-wheel drive versions with a 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. All RC 350s can still be optioned with the F Sport package, and come with a standard eight-speed automatic. The high-performance Lexus RC F coupe also remains, with its 467-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 engine.
Look for the 2016 Lexus RC coupe and its new powertrain offerings to go on sale later this fall.