After being originally introduced in the Lexus NX 200t, the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is now available in a new RC 200t model.
Also offered in an F SPORT specification, the RC200t is equipped with a direct-injection turbo-four 2.0-liter that weighs just 160 kg (353 lbs) and works with an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) gearbox. It develops 245 PS (180 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque which is enough muscle to enable a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 7.5 seconds before topping out at 143 mph (230 km/h). When equipped with this engine, the Lexus RC is going to consume 7.5 liters / 100 km (31.3 mpg US / 37.6 mpg UK) in the combined cycle, with corresponding CO2 emissions of 166 g/km.
Upgrade to the RC 200t F SPORT and Lexus will reward you with a Torsen limited-slip differential along with a retuned front & rear suspension to enable better handling. It also boasts the company’s Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) which automatically and independently adjusts the damping force of the shock absorbers to ensure the perfect balance between cornering stability and straight line ride comfort. Body roll is further reduced once the Sport S+ drive mode is selected as this will increase the difference between inner and outer shock absorber damping through corners.
Customers will be able to order the Lexus RC 200t with a variety of alloy wheel designs ranging in sizes from 17 to 19 inches while the F SPORT version will have bespoke 19-inch rims. This higher-end version can also be distinguished by the wider and lower “F” mesh spindle grille along with some interior cabin tweaks like a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, as well as aluminum pedals and scuff plates along with a 3D look for the metal trim.
The Lexus RC 200t is programmed to go on sale in Europe towards the end of this year.