2019 Lexus RC Updated To Follow Its Big Brother’s Stylistic Lead

After four years on the market, Lexus is giving its RC coupe a bit of an update. And the revised design clearly and closely follows the lead taken by its stylish big brother in the more up-market LC.

Set to be revealed in Paris come October, the revised 2019 Lexus RC announces its presence with headlights that flow into the front bumper, new air ducts in the rear bumper, and a restyled mesh grille – all of which aim to lend a bit of an edgier look to the bruiser form.

The manufacturer also says it has improved the vehicle’s aerodynamics, suspension tuning, and powertrain – but it hasn’t disclosed much in the way of technical details to those ends just yet. It does promise new 19-inch alloys fitted with grippier tires and mounted to a stiffer suspension with new shocks to make the revised RC feel “more athletic and responsive than ever.”

Subtle enhancements have been applied to the interior space as well. And there are new colors and trim options to be offered inside and out – ­including this new shade called Blue Vortex Metallic. Expect the RC F performance model to be further distinguished with its own set of more focused features. But we’ll be most interested to see what “fine-tuning” has been applied, as the automaker says, to the powertrain.

We’ll be on the lookout for further details closer to its release at the Paris Auto Show, which is set to open its doors just over a month from now.

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  • Six_Tymes

    honing the design language, its finally looking better. shame the RC is too damn heavy

    • Kagan

      how heavy? The competition are heavy too.

      • Six_Tymes

        All the video reviews I have seen on the RC, have all mentioned its weight hindering it, as compared to the competition.

      • Bo Hanan

        RCF.MSRP: From $64,650
        Horsepower: 467 hp
        MPG: 16 city / 25 highway
        Curb weight: 3,958 lbs
        Dimensions: 185″ L x 73″ W x 55″ H
        Torque: 389 lb-ft

        • Bo Hanan

          P.S. my 2000 BMW M5 with 420HP weighs under 3900lbs. And that was 19 years ago.

          • Kagan

            Newer cars are heavier.

        • Kagan

          Well an E400 coupe
          4057 lbs
          and it is just v6 and weaker so the Lexus weigths less if your numbers are correct.

    • Tan Lee

      The only credible car review in the RC is with ‘Fifth Gear’ on YouTube. All the others are just copying Clarkson bashing on Lexus to stunt it’s progress. They compare it directly to the M3 Which was almost designed from the get go as a hardcore/ track focused kind of car. But it should have been compared more towards the Sports GT cars. That’s why even on auto car they said the RCF feels more at home on the road then the track. The weight is not even an issue every numpty who knows nothing about cars is just using it as an excuse to bash it. Anyone bashing the RS5 or GTR about their weight? Weight aids traction that’s why the M3 on the fifth gear test was such a handful and the RCF was easier to drive.

      • Dude

        Clarkson did say that the RC was a better driver’s car vs the M4 in the midst of the criticism

  • That’s better…

  • Kagan

    just need a manuell and handbrake.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    hmmm I like the old headlights better, were more original. same for the taillights

  • Matthew Boyd

    Love the outside, just hate the dated interior. Something Japanese manufactures love to recycle unfortunately…each brand.

    • DMax

      Hmmm it’s opposite for me. I love Lexus interiors compared to anything German, but the outside is pretty revolting.

      • Matthew Boyd

        Lol! We’ll probably get along just fine. Me and wife do and were there complete opposite.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Well it’s definitely better than before.

  • Craig

    A very nice car.

  • Jason Panamera

    Now, that’s a beauty.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Ooh that looks very good

  • Mynameis Taylor

    The fine toning works here. I’ve always thought this Lexus was a bit over the top. The updated “restraint” is working in it’s favor

  • StrangerGP

    Still ugly and that part of the console with the climate controls looks really cheap.

  • Harry_Wild

    Lexus sharp angle and spindle grill design language is a big turn off to me and my eyes!

  • MultiKdizzle

    Nice sports luxury design. 4 Series beater? Doubtful.

  • Merc1

    This is a stylish car that was in desperate need for dynamic and engine help. It would really be nice if the 350 now includes a version of the turbo V6 from the LS500.


  • Karl

    Still hideous and soulless…

  • gregory cassanova

    It would be nice if they brought the 3.5 over to the UK but I think they have done the sums and it probably wouldn’t sell well due to the high fuel prices and cost to run…I’d by one though!

  • Dude

    My main issue with the interior at this point is the archaic door handles when the UX and LC500 have the really nice ones.

  • Nordschleife

    My biggest gripe about this car was the taillights so I am indeed a happy camper since they’ve been refreshed. This car doesn’t speak to me overall but it’s s nice update.

  • salamOOn

    missed chance….. still very odd.

  • SteersUright

    Does Lexus even really try? The Japanese seem utterly unable to make a beautiful car ever since the 5th gen RX7.

  • botornot387

    Still looks frumpy, still too heavy, and still lagging behind its rivals in every measurable way for performance. Lexus’s engine choices plainly suck. This model is in desperate need of an injection of power. They should implant the motor from the new LS in this

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