Lexus installed its new turbocharged 241hp engine in the RC coupe, making it the fourth model in its lineup to use their latest downsized petrol unit.
Following the NX crossover and the IS executive sedan, the RC 200t wears their turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power is rated at 241hp and 350Nm of torque (258 lb ft), allowing the RC 200t to accelerate from zero to 100km/h (0-62mph) in 7.5 seconds, half a second slower than its IS sedan sibling, and onto a top speed of 230km/h (143mph).
The eight-speed automatic Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission was originally developed for the 477hp RC F and takes into consideration the generated G-forces, adjusting its gear-shifting pattern accordingly. Lexus says that the RC 200t returns an average 7.2lt/100km (33.6mpg US and 40.3mpg UK) of fuel consumption, combined with CO2 emissions of 166g/km.
A twin-scroll turbocharger is combined with the D-4ST direct injection system, a water-cooled cylinder head with integrated four-into-two exhaust manifold and Toyota’s latest variable valve timing system (VVTi-W).
Lexus is also going to offer a more dynamic version of the RC 200t, dubbed F Sport, which will feature its own tuning for the adaptive suspension (AVS) and a Torsen limited slip differential. Visually the RC 200t F Sport will be recognized by its model-specific badging and its unique 19in wheels.