Arriving locally ahead of the flagship 351kW RC F coupe, the new 233kW RC 350 is priced from $66,000 plus on-roads.
The decision for buyers not encumbered with kidlets could be made even tougher, with the RC’s opening price set a mere $600 above the IS sedan.
"The RC 350 is a very important vehicle for us - it provides a clear aspirational target and injects a stronger connection to the brand, combining with its strong quality and innovation hallmarks," Lexus Australia boss Sean Hanley said today.
Delivering the big RC’s 233kW and 378Nm is a 3.5 litre naturally-aspirated V6, matched exclusively to an eight-speed ‘Sports Direct Shift’ auto.
Power in the hefty 1740kg coupe is sent to the rear wheels, and Lexus says you’ll cover the 0-100km/h sprint in about 6.3 seconds.
For fleet buyers and the eco-minded, fuel consumption is listed at 9.4 l/100km, with CO2 emissions rated at 217g/km.
Structurally, the RC takes chassis elements from the GS and IS both, with the centre section drawn from the retired IS C convertible to ensure greater strength for an eventual RC Convertible (which, reports suggest, may now never appear).
The new coupe is longer than the IS at 4695mm (compared to 4665mm), but rides on a shorter 2730mm wheelbase, compared to the IS sedan's 2800mm wheelbase.
Suspension is by double wishbones up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear, while F Sport and Sports Luxury models also feature Adjustable Variable Suspension.
Brakes a 334/30mm ventilated discs with four-piston callipers up front (357/30mm in F Sport) and 310/18mm discs with single-piston callipers at the rear.
Also featured is a rack-and-pinion steering system with EPS, including, in F Sport form, Variable Gear Ratio and Dynamic Rear Steering.
Standard kit with the entry Luxury trim includes 18-inch alloys, a leather-accented interior, dual-zone climate control, a 7.0 inch display with satellite navigation, keyless entry and start, and LED headlights.
The Luxury trim also gets Lexus Remote Touch, digital radio with 10-speaker audio, Bluetooth connectivity, one-touch access to the rear seats, and powered front seats with heating and ventilation.
Safety items include eight airbags, a reversing camera, front and rear sensors, vehicle stability control, traction control, and ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and Brake Assist.
Moving into the mid-spec F Sport adds 19-inch alloys, tri-LED headlights, ten-way powered front seats, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio, blind-spot monitor, lane-change alert, rear cross traffic alert.
The F Sport also gets performance brakes, adaptive variable suspension and dynamic four-wheel-steering.
Topping the range is the Sports Luxury, adding a different 19-inch wheel design, semi-aniline leather interior, along with a moonroof, pre-collision warning, active cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam and smart key.
The moonroof can be had as a $2500 option with the Luxury and F Sport models, while $7300 will add the pre-collision warning, active cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam and smart key to the F Sport model.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Lexus RC Luxury - $66,000
- Lexus RC F Sport - $74,000
- Lexus RC Sports Luxury - $86,000