2016 Lexus RC Coupe Adds Turbo-Four 200t, V-6 300 AWD Models

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.

2016 Lexus RC 300 Rear Three Quarter

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.

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