Lexus RC

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Lexus RC (XC10)
2016 Lexus RC 300h F Sport CVT 2.5 Front.jpg
2016 Lexus RC 300h F Sport (AVC10; pre-facelift, United Kingdom)
Overview
ManufacturerLexus (Toyota)
ProductionOctober 2014 – present
Model years2015–present
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi (Tahara plant)[1]
DesignerPansoo Kwon (2012)[2][3][4]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car (D)
Body style2-door coupé
Layout
PlatformToyota New N platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length4,695–4,705 mm (184.8–185.2 in)
Width1,840–1,845 mm (72.4–72.6 in)
Height1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Curb weight1,680–1,800 kg (3,704–3,968 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorLexus IS C (XE20)

The Lexus RC (Japanese: レクサス・RC, Rekusasu RC) is a compact executive two-door coupé manufactured by Lexus, Toyota's luxury division. The RC which according to Lexus stands for "Radical Coupe"[6] is a two-door coupé version of the Lexus IS (XE30).[7] The RC is designated as the XC10 series. The RC borrowed styling from the LF-LC concept and was previewed by the LF-CC concept, being designed as a proposal by Pansoo Kwon from 2010 to early 2012 and approved by supervising designers Yasuo Kajino and Tatsuya Takei.

RC (2014–present)[edit]

Interior of the Lexus RC 300h Sport

The Lexus RC was unveiled in 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.[8][9]

2016 Lexus RC 300h F Sport (AVC10; pre-facelift, United Kingdom)

The RC has a shorter wheelbase than the Lexus IS (XE30) though it is longer overall. The platform shares the front end of the Lexus GS (L10), midsection from the Lexus IS (XE20) convertible, while the rear componentry is from the XE30 series IS.[10] The RC has three LED lamps in the triangular headlights and 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels as standard, or 19-inch ten-spoke wheels as option.[9]

Japan models were set to go on sale in the second half of 2014. Early models include RC 350 and RC 300h.[11][12] US sales began in November 2014.[13] In Japan, ownership of the version with the 5.0 litre engine is expensive due to the annual Japanese road tax obligation.

Initially, the RC was available with a choice of three engines; the RC 300h with the 2.5-liter 2AR-FSE inline-four engine mated to a continuously variable transmission, the RC 350 with the 3.5-liter 2GR-FSE V6 (which was later replaced with the 2GR-FKS), and the RC F with 5.0-liter 2UR-GSE V8. The RC 200t (now called RC 300), featuring a 2.0-liter 8AR-FTS I4 turbocharged petrol engine, was added to the range in late 2015. All-wheel drive is offered for the RC 300h and RC 350.

The facelift Lexus RC at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

The RC received its first facelift in August 2018, with official images revealed ahead of its 2018 Paris Motor Show debut, which took place a few weeks after. The corporate 'L' shaped DRLs and the triple eye LED's are merged, making their placements look highly reminiscent of its bigger LC coupe along with a reworked cabin and rear tail lamp design. Base models now come standard with Amazon Alexa integration and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

For the 2019 model year US market, the regular Lexus RC is offered as RC 300 and RC 350. Both models are available as rear wheel drive or AWD, as well as the choice of base or F Sport trim levels, which makes the total of 8 models to choose from.

In most European countries, other than the high performance RC F, only the rear wheel drive RC 300h is offered as the base, F Sport, and special edition called Takumi. The RC300 h Takumi comes with multi-spoke 19-inch alloys and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.[14]

RC F (2014–present)[edit]

Lexus RC F (USC10, Germany)
The 2UR-GSE engine in the RC F
Lexus RC F (USC10, Germany)

The Lexus RC F is a high performance version of the RC. The vehicle was unveiled in the 2014 North American International Auto Show. It went on sale in the United States in November 2014 as a 2015 model year vehicle.[15][16] It was set to go on sale in Japan in the second half of 2014.[17]

The RC F features a 5.0 L (4,969 cc) 2UR-GSE V8 engine with Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds, developing a maximum output of 473 PS (467 bhp; 348 kW) at 7100 rpm and 389 lb⋅ft (527 N⋅m) of torque at 4800-5600 rpm.[18] It is coupled to Toyota AA80E 8-speed transmission built by Aisin AW.[19] The RC F has Brembo four-wheel power assisted disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA), 255/35R19 front wheels and 275/35R19 rear wheels.

The RC F is equipped with vertical G-sensor for VDIM, Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) with three operating modes, Standard, Slalom, or Track, front and rear coil-spring independent suspension, monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars, three new 19-inch diameter forged aluminum wheels, spindle grille with F-mesh pattern on the lower half, unique front hood which raises the peak of the vehicle, hood air vent from the LFA, front cooling ducts, front fender ducts in the L shape, exclusive combination meters from LFA (a large centrally mounted tachometer that alters according to drive mode, digital and analog speedometer, differential torque vectoring monitor, G-force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, mileage information and a stopwatch), and an elliptical cross-section thick grip steering wheel.

The aerodynamic package includes an active rear spoiler, tuning of the underbody, the intakes in the grille and the front fender vents and aero stabilizing fins.

The carbon fiber optional package, or known in Japan as Carbon Exterior Package, includes a clear coated carbon fiber roof, active rear spoiler, and the carbon fiber engine hood. The carbon fiber package parts for the RC F were made at the Aichi plant after the end of the LFA production.

To celebrate the 10th-anniversary of Lexus F high performance models, the limited edition RC F is released for the 2018 model year US market. All of the limited edition RC F come in matte-finished Nebula Gray paint with gloss black wheels and bright blue brake calipers. Inside they are equipped with blue leather seats, steering wheel and shift knob, blue suede dashboard cover above the instrument cluster, and blue-silver carbon fiber power window switch panel.

RC F Track Edition (2019)[edit]

The RC F Track Edition was unveiled at the January 2019 North American International Auto Show as the more track-focused variant of the RC F. It has the same styling direction as other updated RC models. The car has minor performance upgrades and Lexus claims that it weighs 80 kg (180 lb) less than the standard RC F. Weight-saving measures include lighter 19-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brake rotors, a titanium muffler and exhaust pipes, and extensive usage of carbon fiber. The engine also has minor power increase. The Track Edition goes on sale in April 2019 and only comes in white or matte gray with red interior color.[20]

Motorsports[edit]

Super GT[edit]

Lexus RC F GT500 Team ZENT Cerumo

The RC F has given its name to a GT500 class competitor in the Super GT series in the 2014 season, replacing the SC430 that had been raced for 7 years. In its debut season, the car scored 4 victories by Team TOM'S at Okayama, Suzuka, and Buriram and Team ZENT Cerumo at Sportsland SUGO with the new technical regulations.

In 2015, Andrea Caldarelli and Ryō Hirakawa claimed two wins, whereas Daisuke Itō and James Rossiter claimed one win. In the 2016 Super GT Series, the car claimed three wins, with Heikki Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate winning the title. The RC was replaced by the Lexus LC for the 2017 season.

IMSA[edit]

Lexus RC F GT3 Emil Frey Lexus Racing
Lexus RC F GT3 GT Daytona
CategoryWeathertech SportsCar GT Daytona
ConstructorLexus
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbone, pushrod operated, twin dampers and torsion bars
Suspension (rear)Double wishbone, pushrod operated, twin dampers and spring
Length4,845 mm (191 in)
Width2,030 mm (80 in)
Height1,270 mm (50 in)
Wheelbase2,730 mm (107 in)
EngineLexus 5.4 L (330 cu in) V8 normally-aspirated, front engined, longitudinally mounted
Transmission6-speed sequential semi-automatic gearbox
PowerOver 373 kW (507 PS)
Weight1,300 kg (2,866 lb)
FuelVP Racing Fuels
LubricantsMobil 1
BrakesHydraulic ventilated iron discs. AP Racing calipers
TyresContinental ExtremeContact
Competition history
Notable entrantsUnited States 3GT Racing
Notable driversUnited States Sage Karam
United States Scott Pruett
United Kingdom Ian James
United States Gustavo Menezes
United States Austin Cindric
United States Robert Alon
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Germany Dominik Farnbacher
Austria Dominik Baumann
Canada Kyle Marcelli
Switzerland Philipp Frommenwiler
Brazil Bruno Junqueira
Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
United States Sean Rayhall
Debut2017 24 Hours of Daytona
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

3GT Racing, a partnership of Lexus and Paul Gentilozzi, developed a GT3-class RC F during 2016. The team entered two cars at the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with Scott Pruett, Sage Karam, Jack Hawksworth and Robert Alon as full-season drivers.

Sales[edit]

Calendar year U.S sales Canadian sales
2014 1,922[21] 78[21]
2015 14,784[21] 792[21]
2016 11,165[22] 526[21]
2017 7,363[21] 512[21]
2018 3,358[23] 321[24]

References[edit]

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