Break away from monotony with the grin-inducing RC 350 F Sport
Some cars offer a visceral attraction – an ache that makes you want to possess it. The Lexus RC is one such car, with its spectacular silhouette that speaks of sensual pleasure and exhilarating performance. Does it live up to its appearance?
Yip. The recipe of a big powerful engine, rear-wheel-drive and a taut, agile chassis add up to one heck of a driver’s car, so while you’ll be seduced by the svelte figure you’ll fall in love with the experience.
Under the bonnet of the RC 350 F Sport is a lightweight V6 engine that is capable of producing 232kW and 380Nm from its 3.5-litres. That’s good enough for a 0-100km/h sprint of just 6.3 seconds, while the top speed of 230km/h is electronically limited. The eight-speed automatic transmission has manual mode as well as paddle shifters for more engaging driving involvement. As we all know, though, these figures are just part of any performance car’s story. The real measure of a sport car is one that can’t be captured on paper – the way it handles and the feelings it evokes behind the wheel.
The difference between good and great is in the little details, and Lexus engineers have spent countless hours honing the RC 350 F Sport’s aerodynamics and fine-tuning the suspension system and powertrain. The result is sharper handing than ever before. The steering wheel also provides good levels of feedback, allowing the driver to know exactly what the front wheels are doing.
The RC 350 F Sport is fitted with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which electronically controls and monitors all four suspension dampers simultaneously to suit certain conditions and driving preferences. This aids ride comfort when driving on rough roads by lowering the damping force but can also deliver a sporting drive with greater response and handling stability by increasing the damping force when SPORT S+ mode is engaged via Drive Mode Select.
The cabin exudes an air of exclusivity that not many competitors can match, certainly no competitors that lie within this price range. The stitched leather upholstery and analogue clock, identical to the one found in the LC, show another level of attention to detail, while the specification levels are as comprehensive as you’d expect from this luxury brand. The infotainment technology is centred around a 10.3-inch touchscreen display and Lexus’s touch-sensitive Remote Touch Interface.
Safety has been taken care of by an exhaustive list of passive and active features that include front, side, knee and curtain airbags, as well as the innovative and impressive Pre-Crash System with Pedestrian Detection.
The Lexus RC 350 F Sport retails for R951 500. The RC model also boasts a best-in-class, 7-year/105 000km warranty and full maintenance plan as well as a Lexus Distance Plan Complete. The vehicle service intervals are at every 12 months/15 000km.
Uncompromised blend of sportiness and comfort
Unrivalled build quality