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Auto review: Lexus RC sports coupe brings sporty driving and curb appeal

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Introduced in 2014, the Lexus RC is a modern luxury sports coupe, with bold styling, flexible driving character, and next-generation technology, designed for drivers who value performance and unrivaled craftsmanship.

The RC features a few changes for 2021, including a new, limited-production 350-unit Black Line Special Edition with unique crafted touches. Now standard are the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and heated electrochromic exterior mirrors.

A new exterior color, Grecian Water, is available, depending on trim level.

Both the RC 350 ($45,050) and RC 350 F Sport ($49,520) come with standard rear-wheel drive. My F Sport tester added full-time all-wheel drive for $1,610 extra.

Their 311-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 generates 280-foot-pounds of peak torque, features direct and port fuel injection, and produces an awesome sound.

Rear-drive models have an eight-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission, while AWD models come with a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

 

EPA ratings for my RC 350 F Sport AWD are 19 mpg city/26 highway/22 combined. Driving mostly local two-lane roads and city streets, I averaged 23.4 mpg.

My RC 350’s athletic form and powerful stance featured an impressive fascia with dramatic Premium Triple-Beam LED headlights ($1,160) and strong character lines sweeping back from the headlights to the A-pillars and flowing to the dramatic rear valance and 3-D wraparound LED taillights, creating an enticing exterior.

Specific F Sport features include the bolstered front heated/ventilated power seats; the Lexus memory system for the driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel; power tilt/telescopic steering wheel; rain sensing wipers; Drive Mode Select with Sport S, S+, and Custom modes; F Sport suspension tuning; Adaptive Variable Suspension; Dark Gray Streamline trim; aluminum pedals and footrest; F Sport mesh grille with smoked-chrome trim; and moveable speedometer with specific graphics for each drive mode.

Seven exterior colors are available for the RC 350 F Sport, including some with interesting names like Flare Yellow (nearly school bus yellow), Caviar (off-black), and Atomic Silver (very shiny dark pewter).

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