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2016 Lexus RC 200t Overview

James Flammang
Contributing Editor - December 10, 2015

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.

Lexus RC 200t

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).

Base

Standard equipment is similar to that of the RC 300 and RC 350, including NuLuxe simulated leather seats. Five-spoke alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires. LED headlights and taillamps are standard, along with Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 60/40 split-folding back seat, front center armrest, backup monitor with grid lines, HomeLink garage door opener, and tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Lexus Enform Service Connect allows remote viewing of vehicle information. The 10-speaker, 256-watt audio system features a 7-inch display screen, HD and satellite radio, voice recognition, and compatibility with Apple Siri EyesFree.

Options include 19-inch wheels, a moonroof, navigation system, heated/ventilated front seats, front/rear park assist, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Luxury, Premium, and All-Weather option packages are available.

For safety's sake, you can add a pre-collision braking system with radar-based adaptive cruise control, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

F Sport

For those who seek more aggressive styling, the performance-oriented F Sport package comes with unique 19-inch wheels, LFA-inspired instruments, high-performance brakes, heated/ventilated front seats, aluminum pedals, blind-spot monitor, and specially-tuned F Sport suspension. An RC 200t F Sport provides some of the benefits of an RC F model, but priced almost $23,000 lower.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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