After starting in 2015 with a single version of the new RC series coupe, Lexus is offering four varieties for 2016, including this base model. Instead of a V6, the RC 200t is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, borrowed from the IS 200t and bigger NX 200t. Priced below the other RC coupes, it becomes the “entry-level” edition.
What's New for 2016
Following up on the RC 350 coupe that debuted last year, the RC 200t joins the lineup for 2016 with a 2-liter turbo four and rear-wheel drive. Externally, the new RC 200t has the same sporty, assertive aura as its RC 350 and RC 300 companions, led by the “signature” Lexus spindle grille and L-shaped daytime running lights. Enthusiasts who buy an F Sport edition can specify a limited-slip differential coupled with performance dampers, as well as orange brake calipers.
Choosing Your Lexus RC 200t
Like the more powerful RC 300 and RC 350 coupes, the RC 200t isn’t easily identified as a Lexus, apart from its familiar grille. Rather than a V6, the new RC 200t holds a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An RC 350, in contrast, is rated at 306 horsepower; the new RC 300, at 277 horsepower.
Every RC 200t has an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, whereas the RC 300 comes only with all-wheel drive and the RC 350 is offered both ways. A Drive Mode Select system is standard. Fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway (26 mpg combined).
As the lowest-priced member of the RC coupe family, the RC 200t delivers the same sporty demeanor as its V6-powered cousins, as well as similar road behavior. The price differentials between the three versions aren’t huge, but a spirited turbo coupe can provide just as much driving pleasure as a comparable V6 model, if not more. Of course, enthusiasts with $63,000 or so lying around loose could opt for that track-ready, V8-powered RC F.