Fancy a Lexus RC under the Christmas tree?

Fancy a Lexus RC under the Christmas tree?


New Zealand customers will have a choice of two Lexus RC coupe models when Lexus’ latest addition arrives in New Zealand just in time for Christmas.

General manager product Neeraj Lala says New Zealand Lexus customers will be among the first globally to experience the RC.

“The RC F will deliver something they have never experienced before – the most powerful production V8 Lexus has yet created.”

The rear wheel-drive RC350 will feature an all-alloy direct and port-injected 3.5-litre V6 developing 233kW of power and 378Nm of torque, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual mode as well as paddle shift. The RC350 will be available in F Sport and Limited grades.

Alongside the RC350 sits the new RC F. Representing the pinnacle of Lexus performance, the RC F will feature a new naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 developing more than 330kW and 500Nm of torque.

The RC has been engineered from the ground up as a stand-alone two-door sports coupe, the pinnacle in the Lexus range.

The low profile coupe features Lexus brand hallmarks including the spindle grille and cleverly integrated LED headlights, daytime running lights and on RC350 grades LED fog lights, along with new underpinnings and a unique new interior designed for the RC.

The coupe features a wide, surefooted stance, with unique 19-inch alloy wheels for every grade of RC350 and RC F fitting snugly into deeply sculptured arches. With a wheelbase of just 2730mm in an overall length of 4695mm (RC F 4705mm), and a roof height of 1395mm (RC F 1390mm), the RC embodies the stance of a true performance car says Lexus.

Lala says that while the performance attributes of the RC are obvious, it’s the on-road experience the car imparts that will remain with the driver.

“So many of the headlines surrounding this car are centred around numbers; a V6 in the RC350 that generates 233kW of power, a five layer paint process utilised for the first time in mass production, a 4.5 seconds to 100km/h acceleration to a limited top speed of 270km/h for the V8-powered RC F.

“Lexus is synonymous with refinement and craftsmanship and the RC lives up to this reputation, with a package that connects on both a visual and visceral level.”

A five-layer paint system is being utilised by Lexus for the first time. Designed to coat body panels in the best possible finish, the process and candy apple like finish is popular with the hot rod fraternity in the United States, but the RC represents the first occasion this exceptional paint system has been used in true mass production.

The RC350 range will feature ten colours, with four colours exclusive to specific grades, while RC F will be available in eight colours of which one is exclusive to the RC F.

The RC350 F Sport features a Lexus dynamic handling (LDH) system, which integrates electric power steering (EPS), variable gear-ratio steering (VGRS) and Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) system to provide unparalleled levels of confidence and predictability in steering feel for the driver.

Add to this the adaptive variable suspension (AVS) system standard on all RC350 grades and the agility and stability of the unique RC platform comes into its own, delivering an outstanding driver experience whether the RC is being driven at posted speed limits on the open road, or being enjoyed on the track.

The new ‘halo’ model in Lexus’ F lineage, the RC F features unique chassis and suspension modifications, aerodynamic measures and a unique 19-inch wheel and tyre packages, all designed to underline it’s race-bred development.

Designed to achieve natural smooth changes in vehicle attitude, depending on how the RC is being driven and in what environment, AVS controls body roll and damping force. Drivers are able to modify damping force to suit desired handling stability and ride by selecting the Sport S+ setting in the RC’s Drive Mode Select system.

The RC’s front and rear suspension has been calibrated to compliment the coupe platform, says Lala.

“Engineers were able to employ much higher damping forces than previously seen on any other Lexus model, but without adversely effecting ride comfort.”

All RC iterations will also feature a specially tuned 8-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission with sequential manual mode as well as paddle shift.

Inside the 2+2 style, driver-focused cabin, every RC boasts an array of grade-specific comfort and technology features. Supportive sports seats, Lexus’ new Touchpad RTI control system and, in the RC350 F Sport, LFA supercar-inspired gauges, steering wheel and centre console detailing abounds. The RC F features unique and newly designed interactive gauges, unique steering wheel, transmission shifter and front seats.

The RC line-up arrives with a comprehensive suite of safety features. All grades feature eight airbags as standard, along with a pre-crash safety system (PCS) which detects possible collision between the RC and an obstacle in front through the use of radar milliwave technology.

The PCS system also incorporates pre-collision brake and pre-collision brake assist software designed to help the driver bring the vehicle to a stop as quickly as possible.

Every RC features a vehicle dynamic integrated management (VDIM) system which coordinates control of the powertrain, electronic braking system, steering and vehicle stability control (VSC). Monitoring continually, the VDIM can anticipate a loss of traction and ensure active safety systems such as VSC, traction control (TRC) and anti-skid braking (ABS) work in unison to help regain control of the vehicle as seamlessly as possible.

Lane departure assist, hill-start assist, automatic high beam (AHB), blind spot monitoring (BSM) system and Lexus’ new rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) system are also standard.

To help stop the coupe, the RC350 features 334mm brake rotors at the front, while RC350 F Sport upgrades to 357mm two-piece front brake rotors. At the rear both RC350 feature 310mm brake rotors. The RC F brakes have been have been uniquely designed in collaboration with Brembo. RC F boasts 380mm brake rotors at the front with six piston caliper, and at the rear 345mm brake rotors with four piston caliper and high-fraction brake pads for optimum performance.

“As you can imagine, the RC coupe has also generated huge levels of global attention among fans,” says Lala.

The Lexus RC line-up is due on sale in New Zealand in December 2014.

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