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Review: 2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD

I have soothing mark for coupes.

Yes, we am wakeful of a drawbacks – a prolonged doors, close behind seats and ubiquitous miss of practicality – though as a coupe owner, I’ve grown utterly lustful of their fundamental attracts in annoy of traits that are infrequently annoying.

The curves, issuing lines, flared haunches and tiny windows provides a feeling of donning a form-fitting automotive physique fit as shortly as we slip behind a steering circle of a coupe.

There isn’t many room for others – people, stuff, whatever – though we consider that’s what enhances a appeal. Driving a coupe is a some-more personal experience, and that’s what creates them some-more alluring.

Sure, convertibles can communicate a identical feeling, though honestly, does a automobile ever demeanour as good with a roof up? Not a chance, since a coupe looks good all a time. Rain or shine.

2018 Lexus RC 3002018 Lexus RC 300

As many as many of us grew adult forgetful of owning an impossibly cool, voluptuous and absolute coupe – we had a Lamborghini Countach print over my bed for many of my teen years – they’ve turn a bit of a failing multiply these days.

Sure, outlandish manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini still build a healthy series of coupes, though a series of two-door cars becomes skinny among some-more affordable brands.

In that regard, it is appreciative to see several good coupes in a lineups of oppulance brands such as Lexus, that builds a overwhelming RC, RC F and LC.

I’m advantageous to have driven all 3 and recently we spent some time behind a circle of a 2018 RC 300 AWD, a concentration of this review.

The RC line in Canada consists of dual variants, a unchanging RC 300 and a some-more absolute RC 350. Both cars are powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 that is interconnected with a 6-speed involuntary and customary all-wheel drive.

In a RC 300, a 3.5 produces 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft. of torque, while a 350 gets a strike to 311 and 280 respectively.

Because a infrared-coloured tester we gathering is a press vehicle, it is installed with some discretionary pack with a biggest line object being a F Sport package ($7,100).

While I’m wavering to contend F Sport is an coming package usually – there are some involuntary add-ons enclosed such as front and behind adaptive cessation – many of a additional things is essentially cosmetic in inlet (19-inch wheels, competition seats, LFA-style instrument cluster, upgraded audio / navigation system, etc.).

The gorgeous, low red infrared extraneous finish will also set we behind a bit ($650), though it’s a box value ticking for a automobile like a RC 300.

Overall, a F Sport package and reward finish supplement some additional character to a automobile that already has loads of it.

The RC – that means radical coupe according to Lexus – was initial introduced in 2014 as a 2015 indication and hasn’t altered many over a past 4 years. It shares height design and powertrains with a compress IS sedan, though a RC is longer and rides on a shorter wheelbase.

As evidenced in a photos, a RC 300 is a beautiful, long-hood, short-deck coupe with purify lines that upsurge and confederate easily with a car’s proportions from finish to end. Lexus’ signature shaft grille is vast and runs during rather impassioned angles, anchoring crowd LED headlights and LED daytime using lights.

The RC 300 is flared during a haunches slightly, though not in a approach that’s too bodacious – only adequate span to get your courtesy while still exuding a royal flair. Front and behind overhangs are comparatively short, with tiny atmosphere inlets notched into a fenders on all corners.

On a inside, a RC 300 is comfortable, stylish, well-equipped and handsomely finished. As mentioned, some of that is due to a upgrades a F Sport package provides (seats, steering wheel, LFA-style instrument cluster, etc.), though Lexus designers have finished a good pursuit of not forgetful about functionality and judicious chain of heavy-use controls, knobs and switches.

I still consider a trackpad controller for a multimedia arrangement is a bit unwieldy and lacks intuition, though it works and shouldn’t benefaction too many of an barrier for many users.

2018 Lexus RC 300 interior2018 Lexus RC 300 interior

The RC’s behind chair is classical coupe – small, tough to entrance and not designed for adults, though it’s there and can hoop dual additional occupants in a pinch. The case is a decent distance (295 litres) for a two-door car, however.

On a road, a RC 300 is a comfortable, composed, still and sincerely rapid cruiser when we put your feet into it. The 3.5-litre V6 doesn’t unequivocally sound glorious, though a muffled snarl one hears when a competition and sport+ pushing modes are intent in some-more energetic pushing situations is appreciative nevertheless.

The 3.5 is a workhouse indent in a Lexus / Toyota family that means it isn’t unequivocally designed for performance, though it suits a automobile some-more directed during furloughed – like a RC 300 – only fine. If you’re so prone a 6-speed involuntary has a primer mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, though those facilities aren’t genuine offered points for a automobile like a RC 300. Frankly, we don’t consider they’d be missed if Lexus motionless to dump them for both RC models. They only seem out of place in a automobile with a RC’s temperament.

If we unequivocally wish a performance-oriented RC, we advise we check out a V8-powered, rear-wheel expostulate RC F. Now that’s a automobile designed with a lane in mind.

But if you’re some-more in a mood for a sexy, stylish and well-equipped coupe that can offer as a good daily motorist and won’t mangle a bank, a RC 300 is estimable of consideration.

Just be certain to mind those prolonged doors. And haven a behind seats for grocery bags, instead of people.

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD

BODY STYLE: Two-door coupe
DRIVE METHOD: Front-engine, All-wheel drive.
ENGINE: 3.5 L V6 Power: 260 hp @6600 rpm; Torque: 236 lb-ft @4800 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
CARGO CAPACITY: 295 L
FUEL ECONOMY: (Premium) 13.1/9.8/11.2 L/100 km city/highway/combined
PRICE: $50,550 (base) as tested $58,300
WEBSITE: lexus.ca

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