All-new Lexus RC 350 makes SA debut

Developed from the ground up as a coupe, and not simply a two-door derivative of a sedan, Lexus is quick to trumpet the new RC 350’s ride and handling talents. The stiff and responsive front end from the GS, the centre from the IS C for underbody strength, and the traction-aiding rear end from the IS sports sedan, this is what goes into the new RC 350.

Internationally the Lexus RC line-up comprises a trinity of models including the RC 200t and the RC F 5.0-litre V8, however, the local range kicks off with the RC 350 F-Sport and will be supplemented by the RC 200t in EX trim in a few months. For now, the RC F is not on the cards for South Africa.

RC 350’s wheelbase measures 2730mm in an overall length of 4695mm with a roof height of just 1395mm, which highlights the coupe’s purposeful stance. Its spindle grille is the widest and lowest of all Lexus models. Being an F-Sport, this RC features an L-mesh grille design.

On the light front, the Lexus RC 350 has multi-LED headlamps, tail lamps and fog lamps, as well as LED daytime running lamps (DRLs). The low-beam lamp also adopts an L-shaped design to immediately express the Lexus identity. The F Sport has the added convenience of the Lexus Automatic High Beam (AHB) system – automatically dips for an oncoming car.


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