Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Lexus Tweaks RC Sports Coupe for 2019 with Sharper Looks and Handling


Lexus is giving its RC sports coupe a makeover that sharpens its looks and driving dynamics while retaining all the of virtues of the current model.

The exterior, inspired by Lexus’s flagship coupe, the LC, features new elements such as the front bumper that flows down from the headlamps and a grille mesh pattern whose shapes gradually transform from top to bottom. Also, vertically arranged extra-small triple LED headlamps and new L-shaped LED clearance lamps add to the car's new, more classy appearance. Air ducts have been added to the corner of the RC's rear bumpers, resulting in better handling stability and enhanced overall driving response. Also, the rear combination lamps now house more pronounced L-shaped lenses that serve as a new signature design feature for Lexus coupes.


Inside, “Hairline” treatment has been applied to the heater control panel and audio panel, which results in a higher sense of quality, while the enlarged knee pads have been raised to sandwich the center cluster, creating a heightened sense of space. The shape of the palm rest is new and stitching has been added to the surface, showcasing the designers' high level of attention to the details.

A new analogue clock, identical to the one in the LC, has sits at the top of the instrument panel, making it an identifying feature for Lexus coupes.

Taking the driving concept of “sharper and more graceful” that defined the LC, Lexus engineers have succeeded in making the new RC thoroughly fun to drive by focusing their attention on the details, such as enhancing the car's aerodynamics and fine-tuning the suspension system and powertrain. Armed with a flatter and more stable ride quality and sharper handling characteristics derived from the LC, the new RC is more athletic and responsive than ever.


Enhanced aerodynamics―such as a new fin shape on the side window mold and a duct on the rear bumper that improves air flow, result in in better handling stability.

New 19-in. wheels result in excellent steering response. Also, new shock absorbers, which provide significant damping force from low suspension stroke speeds, and stiffer suspension bushings have been incorporated. Through a significant amount of real-life testing, where the suspension system was constantly fine-tuned by chassis engineers, the new RC delivers an extremely supple ride quality and a razor-sharp handing character.

For a more spirited driving experience, throttle response of the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine has also been enhanced to deliver a more direct feeling of acceleration in the new RC.

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