Lexus RC range gets turbo four-cylinder, new V6 AWD variant

Lexus RC range gets turbo four-cylinder, new V6 AWD variant

Lexus has detailed a few new powertrain additions to its 2016 RC range.

The coupe now essentially offers the same powertrain options as its four-door counterpart, the 2016 IS, complementing the current RC 350 and RC F with two more affordable alternatives.

The new entry-level RC 200t package is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger, producing 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The same four-cylinder engine brought a significant fuel-efficiency improvement to the IS 200t, increasing its city/highway rating to 22/33 mpg, though official figures have not been announced for the coupe.

Buyers can also opt for the new RC 300 AWD, outfitted with a modified 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 255 ponies and 236 lb-ft of twist. The detuned mill is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The RC 350’s 3.5-liter V6 keeps its 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission. An AWD packages is also available, swapping the eight-speed gearbox for a six-speed unit, and the F Sport trim remains unchanged.

Lexus has not yet announced pricing details or launch dates for the expanded 2016 RC lineup.

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