Lexus is finally extending its RC coupe range further than the scorching V8-powered RC-F. The BMW 4 Series rival will soon be available with a 241bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The RC200t will hit showrooms at the end of 2015 after a likely Frankfurt Motor Show debut.
The RC200t receives the engine already doing service in the Lexus NX200t crossover, albeit with six more horses and 30Nm more torque. The RC ditches the torque-converter six-speed auto in the NX for a slicker eight-speed unit. The RC200t is capable of 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds, and goes on to a top speed of 143mph. Those numbers are broadly comparable to those of a BMW 420i.
UK-specific prices and fuel economy figures are yet to be announced, but Lexus says CO2 emissions are at 166g/km. Like other models in the Japanese firm’s range, the RC200t can run on both performance-biased ‘Otto’ and fuel efficient ‘Atkinson’ fuel cycles.
Although Lexus has only released a side view image of the car, It’s clear that the dramatic styling of the RC F has been toned down a bit for the standard RC. Smaller alloys and the removal of the muscular bodykit mark it out as the more mundane model, and we can expect similar overall styling inside to the 2014 Geneva concept pictured above.
We’ll have more UK relevant details on the RC200t in September, when we expect to see the wraps come off it at Frankfurt.