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Facelifted Lexus RC coupe revealed before Paris debut

Jordan Katsianis
30 Aug 2018

The Lexus RC, Japanese BMW 4-series and Audi A5 rival, refreshed for 2019

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Lexus has revealed its refreshed RC coupe – rival to the ubiquitous Audi A5, BMW 4-series and Mercedes C-class coupe trio. Due to be revealed in the flesh at the Paris motor show next month, this facelift has been made up of mostly aesthetic changes, focused on smoothing out the original car’s extroverted styling.

The actual styling changes are rather subtle, the most obvious change being the loss of the old car’s distinctive split headlights. Instead, Lexus has fitted new one-piece LED units with a smaller daytime running tick and new stacked lighting elements. The grille has been subtly reshaped, with slimmer intakes on either side inspired by the flagship LC coupe..

> Click here for more on the Lexus RC F 

F-Sport models pick up new colour and wheel options, and a more open grille mesh, but now share the same basic front and rear bumpers as standard models. The tail has also been refined, with reshaped tail lights complementing the more sculptural rear bumper.

 

Changes inside are limited to a new clock and trim options, including a new part-yellow leather option on F-Sport models.

The RC’s suspension has also been subtly re-tuned, with engineers replacing the shock absorbers and fitting stiffer suspension bushings.

Powertrains in the RC coupe are due to remain the same, with the UK market limited to the hybrid RC 300h, deploying the combination of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor producing a combined 220bhp. The charismatic and deeply underrated RC F has yet to be revealed in facelifted form, but we imagine it’s not too far away.

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