The erstwhile RC 200t is now renamed the RC 300. The V6 engine gains another five horsepower. A 10.3-inch display joins the options list. F Sport versions can now be had in Flare Yellow. The Scout GPS Link app (which provides navigation, traffic updates and various other handy functions) is free for three years. Wi-Fi with connection for up to five devices is standard with one year of free 4GB trial. And the Lexus Safety System Plus (featuring radar-based adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert and intelligent high beams) becomes standard for the whole range. See the 2018 Lexus RC models for sale near you
Which RC 200t is the Best?
Unless you live in the snow belt, choose a rear-drive version for some semblance of sportiness. The RC 350 has a decent amount of power, especially in a compact coupe. Audiophiles should also check out the optional 17-speaker/835-watt Mark Levinson surround-sound system.
The 2018 Lexus RC coupe comes as one basic model, but with different drivetrains.
The RC 300 ($41,635) starts with 18-in alloy wheels, dual polished stainless steel exhaust pipes, selectable driving modes, cruise control, LED lighting, puddle lamps, heated side mirrors, push-button start, climate control, analog clock, 60/40-split rear seats, 7-in infotainment screen, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, self-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert, intelligent high beams, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, voice controls, 256-watt/10-speaker audio with HD/satellite radio, auxiliary audio input and dual USB ports.
The RC 300 AWD ($44,325) has its own engine, all-wheel drive and heated front seats.
The RC 350 ($44,565) has its dedicated engine tune and offers the option of all-wheel drive with heated front seats.
The RC F ($65,645) is the high-performance variant. It has 19-in alloy wheels, power-adjustable front sport seats (driver: 10-way; passenger: 8-way), bespoke suspension, bigger brakes and a dedicated body kit.
The list of options includes a sunroof, 19-in alloy wheels, triple-beam LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, 10.3-in display, driver's-side memory settings, park assist and an upgraded audio system.
The F Sport package brings an adaptive variable suspension with a "sport plus" mode (for extra stiffness), sport front seats, aluminum pedals, 19-in alloys, high-friction brake pads, TFT instrumentation, variable gear ratio steering and 4-wheel steering.
The RC F offers a carbon fiber roof option, which reduces weight and lowers the center of gravity.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the RC its highest accolade: Top Safety Pick Plus. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to crash-test the RC.
Hill-start assist is standard throughout the range; blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is optional. Stability control systems in F Sport versions and the RC F allow the driver to set thresholds for those electronic aids.
2022 Lexus RC 200t vs the competition
2018 Audi A5/S5 -- A new generation derived from the fresh A4. Offers 252 hp in regular form, 354 hp as an S5. Superb, classy and quite spacious for a compact coupe.
2018 BMW 440i -- The big player in this class and absolutely worth test driving to experience its poise and pace, plus the fact that not many other manufacturers can make a car this thrilling.
2018 Infiniti Q60 -- An accomplished machine. There's a quick 400-hp version. But avoid the numbing steer-by-wire option.