Lexus RC, RC F now on sale in Japan

If only we'd get the same Japanese pricing
Oct 23, 2014
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If you're a Lexus fan and you live in Japan, you're in luck because the RC sports coupe and its high-performance version, the RC F, are now officially on sale, with prices ranging from ¥5.650 million (P2.357 million) for the former to as much as ¥10.300 million (P4.292 million) for the latter.

As we reported nearly a year ago, the Lexus RC will be available as two variants: the RC350 and the RC300h. What Lexus has revealed now as the car goes on sale is that each variant has three trims each--the standard version, the F Sport and a "version L"--for a total of six variants.

The RC350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s paired with an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission, while the RC300h is propelled by a hybrid of a 2.5-liter in-line-four mill and an electric motor, giving it a fuel efficiency of 23.2km/L based on the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's test cycle.

The RC F, for its part, has a 5.0-liter V8 powerplant under its long hood, which puts out 470hp and 530Nm. A clever party trick of the RC F's engine is that for urban driving and other low-load situations, the powertrain switches to the Atkinson-cycle engine combustion, similar to that used by hybrid cars like the Prius, "to achieve both high fuel efficiency and high output."

Lexus is also working on a race car based on the RC F for entry in the FIA's GT3 races. This is on top of the RC F-based race car that Toyota’s luxury brand has already entered into the GT500 class of Japan's Super GT racing series.

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For its home market, Lexus is eyeing 80 unit sales per month for the RC and 30 units per month for the RC F. Which version do you prefer?


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