Lexus RC200t Turbo Four Unveiled for Europe, Likely for U.S., Too


Toyota of Europe has announced the addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Lexus RC coupe lineup, in the new RC200t. Like its sibling, the IS200t, the smaller-engine RC coupe is expected to come to the U.S. market, as well.

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.

In the IS sedan, the new 2.0-liter four is taking over for the previous 2.5-liter V-6 (in the IS250), with the 3.5-liter V-6 remaining in the IS350. The current RC coupe comes only with the larger, 306-hp V-6. We expect that engine to continue, with the turbo four slotting in as a new, entry-level model. That would put the Lexus coupe offerings more on a par with competitors such as the Cadillac ATS and the BMW 4-series.

What’s the next RC variant we’d like to see? How about a production version of this concept convertible?

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