Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the Lexus RC200t F Sport coupe, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.
Lexus has a patchy history with sporting coupes. One particularly memorable one, for perhaps the wrong reasons, was the folding hardtop SC430 that was terrible in almost every way. It’s one saving grace was the excellent build quality. And who could forget the low-volume importer’s favourite, the rebadged Toyota Soarer, which also wore the SC moniker.
Things changed for the better when the RC launched. With styling based on the myriad coupe concepts that Lexus churns out with seemingly twice-annual regularity dropped on top of the sporty IS sedan‘s underpinnings, things were looking up.
When we drove the RC F, V8-powered IS F replacement, we nodded and said Lexus had finally done it. But not everyone wants or can afford a sports coupe with a high-revving V8, so Lexus kindly provided a whole range of cars to suit more tastes and more budgets.
And so we’re here in the cheaper seats – the RC 200t F Sport.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Well, these aren’t the cheapest RC seats money can buy. The range starts with the RC Luxury in either 200t ($65,090) or V6-powered 350 ($68,390) form, with the F Sport coming in at $74,180 and $77,240 in 200t and 350 guises respectively. On your way to the $158,837 RC F Carbon there’s the Sports Luxury in turbo or six-cylinder, and an entry level RC F.
Our car for the week was the RC200t F Sport at $74,180. At that price, you can expect a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, 19-inch alloys, dual zone climate control, a comprehensive safety package, reversing camera, keyless entry and start, sports pedals, part leather trim, electronic dampers, active cruise control, electric heated/cooled front seats with memory, sat nav, parking sensors front and rear, power everything, auto LED headlights and auto wipers.