Lexus RC 200t and RC 300 AWD Coming to USA

Lexus USA has announced two new RC models for 2016: the 241 horsepower RC 200t and the 255 horsepower RC 300 AWD.

The 2016 RC 200t will be available in RWD only, and utilizes Lexus’ familiar 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Output is 241 hp and 258 lb-ft torque. The new RC 300 AWD (All-Weather Drive) comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine producing 255 hp and 236 lb-ft torque, mated to a six-speed automatic.

Notably, the RC 200t F Sport and RC 350 F Sport can now be fitted with an optional Limited Slip Differential. Lexus has also updated the RC’s color palette — Eminent White Pearl will replace Starfire Pearl, and both the RC 200t F SPORT and RC 350 F Sport will receive optional orange brake calipers.

Pricing information has not yet been released, but more information about the 2016 RC can be found in the Lexus press release.

Update: US pricing has been released, by way of Car & Driver:

The RC200t starts at $40,935, versus $43,720 for the RC350 (a savings of $2785). The entry figure for the RC300 AWD is $43,550, while the RC350 AWD checks in at $45,955 (making the lesser version $2405 cheaper). Meanwhile, beckoning those with more cash to spend—a minimum of $63,745 for the 2016 model—is the RC-F with its 467-hp, 5.0-liter V-8.

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  • J
  • October 2, 2015
im not shocked they didnt bump the power for the turbo... still getting an IS300 when its my time
  • L
    Lexus Cohen
  • October 2, 2015
This is definitely a smart move from Lexus. Adding the turbo models will definitely increase their sales and brand appeal. Will we see a CT 200t? That would be a great addition to the lineup.
  • B
    Bulldog 1
  • October 2, 2015
If it drops the price down to an IS level, I'm in!
The inevitablereally.. the pricing will be key.
  • L
  • October 4, 2015
Surprised no one commented on the similar power output of these 2 engine options 255 -241 hp respectively. The V6 should be way more powerful than that otherwise what's the point?