Lexus RC200t – Well Designed Edges


In Europe, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in the RC coupe, the same figures for that engine in our upcoming IS200t. Lexus is claiming a 7.2-second sprint from zero to 62 mph for the RC200t, which features an eight-speed automatic. The car is also being offered as an F Sport, with a limited-slip differential and adaptive dampers, among other niceties.


Downsizing is the order of the day for Lexus. The company’s first-ever turbocharged four-cylinder engine is currently available in the NX and in the IS, and European buyers will soon be able to order the RC coupe with the same turbo four.

The mill in question is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit tuned to make 241 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 258 foot-pounds of torque from 1,650 to 4,400 rpm. The RC 200t is capable of reaching 62 mph from a stop in about 7.5 seconds before going on to a top speed of 143 mph. Alternatively, the coupe is capable of returning over 31 mpg in a mixed cycle when driven with a light right foot.

Parent-company Toyota has quickly adopted the turbo four as its preferred replacement for its aging V-6 in other cars, including the Camry. The turbocharged RC may arrive in the United States at some point, but Lexus is tight-lipped about that possibility.In Europe, the turbocharged, direct-injected engine will only drive the rear wheels and will be exclusively paired to its 8-speed automatic transmission.

According to the automaker, it’ll propel the coupe up to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds, while managing roughly 33 mpg in average fuel consumption. The model will join the recently announced hybrid RC 300h, which isn’t offered in the States either.

Visually, the RC 200t is nearly identical to its V6-powered counterpart save for a new emblem on the trunk lid. The F model stands out with model-specific 19-inch alloy wheels and a bigger rendition of Lexus’ ubiquitous spindle grille, while a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and aluminum caps on the pedal spruce up the interior. The Lexus RC 200t is scheduled to go on sale across the Old Continent before the end of the year.

The Toyota-owned car maker has not revealed whether the U.S.-spec RC will benefit from the downsized four-banger, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it land on our shores in the not-too-distant future in order to take on the BMW 428i.