The Lexus RC range starts with the RC300 Luxury which is powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine at $66,147 plus on-road costs, with the more sharply dressed RC300 F Sport V6, which we drove, topping the line at $77,529 plus on-road costs. For those wanting a hard-edged, higher-performance sports coupe, Lexus also has the V8-powered RC F starting from $147,648 drive-away.
The RC models have not yet been ANCAP rated but come with a comprehensive suite of safety features including eight airbags, autonomous emergency braking, pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection and a pop-up bonnet to help absorb impact, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The RC350 variants (the F Sport and Luxury grade) also have adaptive variable suspension.
In typical Lexus fashion, the build quality and finish of our test car was first-class. As a medium-size sporting coupe, the cockpit-style layout is cosy and comfortable with good leg and head room for those in the front, but it’s a very different story for two adults occupying the sculpted rear seats. While there’s a premium sporting appeal to the dash and controls, it doesn’t have quite the wow factor or functionality of a few of its younger but slightly pricier European rivals.
Getting in and out is easier than in many two-door sporting coupes, but can still be awkward.
As the top-of-the-line variant, the RC350 F Sport is generously equipped with 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio, powered sports front seats, satellite navigation and active cruise control. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been added since the upgrade.