The Lexus RC has been officially launched in Malaysia. Details of the RC coupe were released by Lexus Malaysia in September, and nothing has changed since then – we get the RC 350 Luxury for RM526,000 and the RC F for RM782,000, OTR excluding insurance.
The sharp-suited Lexus RC is based on the IS sedan, and is positioned against the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 in the premium coupe segment. The rear-wheel drive coupe made its world debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
The RC 350 Luxury is powered by a 3.5 litre V6 that produces 312 hp at 6,400 rpm and 378 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. Mated to a “Sport Direct Shift” eight-speed auto, power from the 24-valve Dual-VVT-i NA unit is sent to the rear wheels. It sprints to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds on its way to a 230 km/h top speed.
Standard equipment include triple L-shaped LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, 18-inch rims, Smart Entry with push start, Remote Touch Controller with touch pad, navigation, Bluetooth, power adjustable steering wheel, shift paddles, dual-zone auto air con, semi-aniline leather seats, eight-way powered and ventilated seats (lumbar and memory for driver) and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
Safety wise, besides the expected ABS, EBD, BA and VSC parked under Lexus’ Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM), the RC coupe comes with eight airbags, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, two ISOFIX anchors and a pop-up hood for pedestrian protection. One also gets clearance and back sonar, and a tyre pressure monitor for convenience.
Enthusiasts will turn to the RC F, which is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0 litre V8 engine paired to an eight-speed auto. With 470 hp at 7,100 rpm and 530 Nm of torque from 4,800 to 5,600 rpm, the BMW M4-chaser is capable of 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 270 km/h. The 2UR-GSE is 12% more powerful than the IS F’s V8, on which it’s based on.
Except for fog lamps and the pop-up hood, the RC F gets all the RC 350 Luxury gets, plus a Sport+ mode in the Drive Selector (ECO, Normal, Sport for RC 350), torque vectoring rear differential (Standard, Slalom, Track modes), all-round ventilated Brembo brakes, Sachs F adaptive suspension, F spec stabiliser bars, F steering wheel and F sport seats. The F rides on 19-inch wheels, with 255/35 tyres up front and fat 275/35 ones at the back.
The RC F looks very aggressive as it is, but some might want to pay RM71k extra for a Carbon Fibre Package that adds on a carbon fibre-trimmed bonnet, roof and active rear wing. To really stand out, pick Lava Orange or Heat Blue, two of four unique colours for the RC F, which didn’t show up at the launch event.
Imported CBU from Japan, the Lexus RC 350 Luxury and RC F come with a three-year or 100,000 km factory warranty.
Lexus RC 350
Lexus RC F