2018 RC 350 New Car Test Drive
The Lexus RC is a rear- or all-wheel-drive luxury sport coupe whose competitors include the Audi A5, Cadillac ATS coupe, and some BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class models.
The 2018 Lexus RC is unchanged over 2017, except the former RC 200t, with the four-cylinder turbo engine, gets its name changed to RC 300. That's with rear-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive RC 300 is, as before, powered by the V6. Only the names have changed here.
The RC is the right size for swift runs on back roads. It's nearly three inches shorter than the IS, the smallest Lexus sedan, but more than one inch wider.
The RC comes with a choice of four engines. The rear-wheel-drive RC 300 with its 241-horsepower turbo four and its modest acceleration of zero to sixty in 7.3 seconds, gets the best fuel mileage, an EPA Combined 26 mpg rating.
The all-wheel-drive RC 300 cuts that acceleration time to less than 6.3 seconds by using a 3.5-liter V6, which gains 5 horsepower over the 2017 RC 300, for 260 horsepower.
The RC 350 takes that V6 and pumps it up to 311 horsepower, five more than 2017, for a zero-to-sixty time of 5.8 seconds.
The RC F goes after the BMW M4 and Audi S4, with its 5.0-liter V8 bulging with 467 horsepower, and blasting the RC F to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds and beyond, to 170 mph. It still earns 19 miles per gallon Combined.
The 2017 RC earned a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 2018 RC 300 comes standard with rear-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Equipment includes leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, LED headlamps and taillights, satellite radio, and Bluetooth audio streaming. A Luxury Package includes perforated leather seats and other interior features. Navigation and 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio are optional.
RC 300 is also available with a V6 and all-wheel drive.
RC 350 increases the horsepower and comes with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
RC F features the 467-hp 5.0-liter V8 with rear-wheel drive.