By Joe Bruzek on September 4, 2014
When the Lexus RC 350 goes on sale this fall, the 306-horsepower V-6, rear-wheel-drive coupe will start at $43,715 with destination charge. Variants in addition to the standard RC 350 include an all-wheel drive RC 350 at $42,950, plus the higher-performance 467-hp V-8 RC F (above) that's rear-wheel-drive only and starts at $63,225.
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RC pricing comes in competitively with two of the most notable coupes in the business: the BMW M4 ($65,150) and BMW 435i ($47,050), formerly known as the M3 and 335i coupes. A new Cadillac ATS coupe joins the field with a starting price of $38,990. The RC is an all-new coupe for Lexus not derived from any one of its sedans, but rather a hodgepodge of Lexus models as underpinnings are shared with the new Lexus GS and IS sedans as well as the Lexus IS convertible.
The RC 350's entry-level price pairs the 306-hp V-6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission in rear-wheel-drive models and a six-speed automatic with all-wheel drive. The inside includes Lexus' standard NuLuxe imitation leather seating — genuine leather is optional — aluminum and wood trim; drive mode selector with Normal, Sport S and Eco choices; dual USB/iPod inputs; Bluetooth streaming audio; voice recognition; Siri Eyes Free; and a 7-inch multimedia screen. Navigation is $1,530 and can pair with a Mark Levinson audio system for $2,610, while a moonroof is $1,100.
Available packages on the RC 350 include the following:
If an F Sport RC 350 isn't enough performance to get your juices flowing, enter the 467-hp V-8 RC F. For $63,225, the RC F wears more aerodynamic enhancements, sits on wider wheels and tires, and has a 70 percent new suspension compared to the RC with unique springs, dampers, bushings and sway bars.
Notable RC F packages and optional equipment include:
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