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Lexus RC

The independent definitive Lexus RC video review
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    CLASSY COUPE (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Lexus RC coupe isn't the obvious executive choice if you're looking for a mid-sized executive coupe, but it's quite a beguiling one if you like your luxury. Here's the usefully revised version. Jonathan Crouch reports.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 59

    The improved Lexus RC is a premium two-door coupe that delivers smart design, Lexus luxury and craftsmanship, plus a refined and even quite engaging driving experience. The idea is to attract new and younger customers to the brand, though these people will need to like the idea of the 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid engine that lies beneath the bonnet.

    Backgroundword count: 150

    Perhaps you're looking for an Executive Coupe selling in the £40,000 to £45,000 bracket. If so, your shortlist is likely to have a very Germanic feel to it, including cars like Audi's A5 and two-door coupe versions of the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 4 Series. Infiniti's Q60 coupe offers an alternative to these brands, but it's only sold through a very small dealer network. There is another alternative though - the car we're going to look at here, the improved Lexus RC. Lexus first introduced this generation of RC coupe at the beginning of 2015 in fire-breathing 5.0-litre V8 RCF guise, then followed it up a year later with tamer hybrid and turbo petrol versions. Today, the mainstream range - for our market at least - concentrates of the RC 300h hybrid derivative. This revised model is sleeker, better equipped and, it's claimed, a little more fun to drive.

    Driving Experienceword count: 213

    You probably won't be expecting this Japanese contender to match its German rivals for handling involvement , but Lexus engineers have aimed to make this improved RC more fun to drive by focusing their attention on details, such as enhancing the car's aerodynamics and fine-tuning the suspension system and powertrain. Endowed 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 before. As before, vehicle dynamics benefit from tuned electric power steering and an Adaptive Variable Suspension system that emphasises handling agility as well as ride comfort. There aren't any engine changes to this revised model and it continues to be offered here primarily in 300h petrol electric hybrid form. If you want to settle back, there's nothing quite like the quiet, refined and sophisticated driving experience provided by the full hybrid powertrain and the E-CVT auto gearbox. As usual with a Lexus hybrid, you get the benefit of a fully electric EV driving mode for silent running over short distances. The engine is a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol unit aided by a powerful electric motor. Total output is 220hp, acceleration from nought to 62mph can be accomplished in 8.6 seconds, while the top speed is 118mph.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    4.5

    8.6

    Combined mpg:

    26.2

    56.5

    CO2 (g/km):

    114

    168

    Extra urban mpg:

    47.9

    57.6

    Height (mm):

    1395

    Insurance group 1-50:

    31

    45

    ... and 8 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Coupes

    Performance
    60%
    Handling
    50%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    70%
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