2018 Lexus RC

2018 Lexus RC
2018 Lexus RC

2018 Lexus RC


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 32 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 241 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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The Lexus RC operates in a field that includes the BMW 435i, Mercedes-Benz C350 and Audi A5. At nearly every turn, the RC out performs one or all, be it in standard features, pricing, or outright performance. Lexus understands the competitive nature of the luxury sport coupe segment and the RC is poised to dominate.

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What's New For 2018

The RC coupe receives a number changes for 2018. Lexus has added 5 more horsepower for RC350 models; a larger 10.3-inch infotainment display and onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi allowing connectivity wherever cell phone service is available. Also new for 2018 F models, is a revamped Drive Mode Select utilizing custom mode allowing for more customization. Last but not least Lexus includes it's Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment for all trim levels.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2018 Lexus RC

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Lexus Enform w/Safety Connect Emergency Sos
    • Lexus Safety System+
    • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist
    • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM 1-Disc -inc: 7-inch VGA screen, 10 speakers, 256-watts, digital signal processing, HD Radio, integrated SiriusXM satellite radio receiver (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included), iTunes tagging, MP3/WMA and dual USB/iPod audio input plugs, rear glass-imprinted radio antenna w/separate FM diversity antenna, Scout GPS link display audio only (three year trial) w/TurnStream mode or MapStream mode when tethered, streaming audio via Bluetooth 3.0 and voice recognition, Lexus Enform Wi-Fi
  • Exterior Features
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Bumper Insert
    • Stainless Steel Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Wheels w/Machined Accents
    • Tires: 235/45R18 AS
    • Wheels: 18" x 8" 5-Spoke Aluminum Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Power Front Bucket Seats -inc: height adjustable front shoulder belt anchors and front seatback pockets
    • Sport Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material and Power 2-Way Driver Lumbar
    • 2-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power 2-Way Lumbar Support and Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 8-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • Enform Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum/Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • NuLuxe Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console, Rear Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows, Sunroof/Convertible Roof and Remote Engine Start
    • Enform Safety Connect Tracker System
    • Back-Up Monitor w/Dynamic Grid Lines -inc: Connects to five devices (includes complimentary 4GB trial within one year)
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L I4 DOHC 16-Valve -inc: VVT-iW (intake) and VVT-I (exhaust) and twin-scroll turbocharger w/intercooler
    • Transmission: Sport Direct-Shift 8-Speed Automatic -inc: steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 3.13 Axle Ratio
    • 65-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 100 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 17.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.2
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 10.4
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 100
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Port/Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 241 @ 5800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 258 @ 1650
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 107.5
    • Length, Overall (in) - 184.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 54.9
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.8
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.3
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 17.4
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 82
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.4
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 34.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 27.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 50.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 44.9
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 32
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.2
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Lexus RC
    • Body Style - Coupe
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - NONTR2
    • Rear Tire Order Code - NONTR2
    • Front Tire Size - P235/45VR18
    • Front Tire Size - P235/40VR19
    • Front Tire Size - P235/40YR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/45VR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/35VR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/35YR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.52
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.04
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.40
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.71
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.58
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.17
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.13
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3737
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Front Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Aluminum

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The Lexus RC is a rear- or all-wheel-drive luxury sport coupe whose competitors include the Audi A5, Cadillac ATS coupe, and some BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class models.

The 2018 Lexus RC is unchanged over 2017, except the former RC 200t, with the four-cylinder turbo engine, gets its name changed to RC 300. That’s with rear-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive RC 300 is, as before, powered by the V6. Only the names have changed here.

The RC is the right size for swift runs on back roads. It’s nearly three inches shorter than the IS, the smallest Lexus sedan, but more than one inch wider.

The RC comes with a choice of four engines. The rear-wheel-drive RC 300 with its 241-horsepower turbo four and its modest acceleration of zero to sixty in 7.3 seconds, gets the best fuel mileage, an EPA Combined 26 mpg rating.

The all-wheel-drive RC 300 cuts that acceleration time to less than 6.3 seconds by using a 3.5-liter V6, which gains 5 horsepower over the 2017 RC 300, for 260 horsepower.

The RC 350 takes that V6 and pumps it up to 311 horsepower, five more than 2017, for a zero-to-sixty time of 5.8 seconds.

The RC F goes after the BMW M4 and Audi S4, with its 5.0-liter V8 bulging with 467 horsepower, and blasting the RC F to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds and beyond, to 170 mph. It still earns 19 miles per gallon Combined.

The 2017 RC earned a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


The 2018 RC 300 comes standard with rear-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Equipment includes leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, LED headlamps and taillights, satellite radio, and Bluetooth audio streaming. A Luxury Package includes perforated leather seats and other interior features. Navigation and 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio are optional.

RC 300 is also available with a V6 and all-wheel drive.

RC 350 increases the horsepower and comes with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

RC F features the 467-hp 5.0-liter V8 with rear-wheel drive.


The RC coupe is sure graceful. In the beauty department, it blows the Germans away. It takes the best from other Lexus models, including some that overall are less exciting; some GS in the nose, some IS C in the profile, and IS in the tail. Or maybe it’s the other way around, those other models take from the RC. If your imagination wanders you might even see some Scion FR-S, but we didn’t say that.

The body surfaces are curvy and subtle. The roofline is handsomely thick, leading down to a sweet kick where the shoulders meet the rear fenders.

The spindle grille looks a bit sinister, which is only appropriate given the car’s intents. The RC F gets rid of the chrome and brings black mesh, to cheers from the crowd on the sidewalk. The F flaunts aggression, with finned vents, stacked exhausts, and a wing that raises at 50 mph, or 80 mph when the car is in Track mode.


The cabin is somewhat less graceful than the exterior. It’s put together well, and the finishes are lovely, but it flaunts chaos the way the RC F flaunts speed. The horizontally divided dashboard sports off-center controls and strangely stacked components. The top half is gauges and 7.0-inch nav screen with touchpad below. The centerstack rides lumpy on the curved console. We don’t get the offset of the LCD and sound system, but we do like the elliptical steering wheel, and the padded center console.

The supple leather seats are low and wide, and use high-density foam for excellent contour up the high backs. The leather is conspicuously and beautifully stitched.

Don’t count on a rear seat. It’s basically just a bench, which folds to access the trunk (not the RC F), which is small, at 10.4 cubic feet, about the size of two golf bags.

Driving Impressions

The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the rear-wheel-drive RC 300 suffers from turbo lag, so the power sometimes isn’t instantaneous when you want it to be. When you get there it’s strong enough, with 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. So when you’re driving hard and keeping the revs up, it’s not a problem; just when you’re cruising and suddenly floor it, like passing on a two-lane. But in that situation you’d probably be in Sport mode, which brings the transmission in to help by kicking down quicker.

The all-wheel-drive RC 300 has a 30/70 rear bias, mated to an older six-speed automatic transmission. Its 3.5-liter V6 makes a mild 260 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, focused on all-weather grip, not sport.

Sport is more what the RC 350 is about, with its 311 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. It’s standard rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available if you want traction and horsepower both. Rear-wheel drive can reach a top speed of 143 mph while all-wheel drive will go 130. That’s electronically limited; the acceleration is pretty much the same, although the all-wheel drive is naturally heavier.

But it’s not as simple as traction and horsepower both, with the RC 350 and its available all-wheel drive. Because it’s fitted with high-performance tires, it won’t get the same traction as the RC 300 with all-wheel drive. However it does improve stability on slippery roads, while still allowing some wheelspin.

The 3.5-liter V6 in the RC 350 makes a nice growl, a bit coarse, not unlike some Nissan, Ford, and Mercedes V6 engines.

The paddle-shifting eight-speed transmission has normal, sport, and manual modes, and blips the throttle for downshifts. There are also normal, sport, and eco driving modes, that set the throttle response and steering quickness.

Like the Lexus IS and GS sedans, the RC rides on a traditional double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension tuned on the firm side, but still compliant enough to be comfortable when the driving is relaxed. The electric power steering is settled and quick in sport mode. The suspension/steering isn’t as aggressive as some, however offers the right balance between ride and handling for its class.

An option for the rear-wheel drive RC 350 is variable-ratio steering and rear-wheel steering in Sport+ mode. That quickens the car’s response and stability in a situation like a high-speed swerve. The place you might really feel it is if you make the mistake of moving into the lane of a car in your blind spot, and jerk the steering wheel back in alarm.

If you want to go after the BMW M4 and Audi S4 on the track, the RC F is your weapon. It’s not light, at 3958 pounds, but we can report that it’s happy and composed on the track, although it doesn’t make the earth shudder like a Cadillac ATS-V does.

The eight-speed transmission with paddle shifters is programmed well, with Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes, as well as a manual mode that holds it in gears longer and quickens the shifts. Even at redline it won’t upshift; of course it won’t over-rev either, with the engine protected by an electronic rev limiter.

The RC F comes standard with a Torsen limited-slip differential, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and stability control with a track mode that shuts it off. An optional torque-vectoring differential splits the torque between the rear wheels in corners, based on yaw and steering input. This helps the car pivot in corners, and brings a bit of nimbleness to the weight. It has three modes of its own: Standard, Slalom or Track.

The torque-vectoring differential adds 70 pounds of its own, however, and the standard Torsen differential does a good job, its limited slip setup keeping solid control over the rear end.

The RC F suspension is double-wishbone suspension at all four corners, using adaptive dampers and stabilizer bars with ball joints. The bars, bushings and lower control arms are beefier than those on the RC 350, and the F also uses 19-inch wheels with Brembo calipers and rotors, 15 inches in front and 13.6 inches in rear.


The Lexus RC works for us. It’s good looking, the ride is compliant and it handles well. We think the best value might be the detuned V6 with all-wheel drive. The cabin feels a bit archaic and disorganized, but look around inside and decide for yourself before you take our word for it. The hot-rod RC F might not run with the BMW M4, Audi S4 or Mercedes C63 AMG on the track, but this isn’t a race. Beauty counts.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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