2018 Lexus RC 300 & 350 update now on sale in Australia

Coinciding with the announcement of the 2018 Lexus RC F, a string of updates have also been applied to the rest of the RC range including improvements in safety and in-car tech.

The same Lexus Safety System+ suite is added to the RC range, like in the RC F, with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, and upgraded lane departure warning which now comes with steering assist.

Two main variants are available, including the RC 300, replacing the RC 200t, and RC 350. The entry model features a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder producing 180kW and 350Nm, while the RC 350 comes with a revised 3.5-litre V6 equipped with D-4S dual-injection. The V6 now produces 232kW and 380Nm, up 2Nm but down 1kW. The changes bring a 3.2 per cent improvement in fuel economy (9.1L/100km) and 2.3 per cent lower emissions.

Both variants are available in Luxury, F Sport, and Sports Luxury trim, bringing a distinct interior and exterior character and standard features list. No matter which model you choose, all come with alloy wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, leather trim with heated and cooled front seats, electric front seats and steering column, and a comprehensive multimedia system.

Going for the F Sport gets you larger alloy wheels, a high-end Mark Levinson stereo, rear cross-traffic alert, and a smart key card, along with a unique aero kit, F Sport badges, and sports seats. Moving up to the Sports Luxury adds unique 19-inch wheels, semi-aniline leather seats, a glass moonroof, and Shimamoku ornamentation.

Like the updated RC F, models equipped with the adaptive suspension system also come with an additional ‘custom’ drive mode which allows drivers to preset settings for the chassis, powertrain and air-con, individually.

The 2018 update is on sale now with only minor price jumps for most models. See below for the full price list, including the price differences from the outgoing model (excludes on-roads):

2018 Lexus RC 300
Luxury – $65,400 (up $531)
F Sport – $74,700 (up $809)
Sports Luxury – $84,900 (up $299)

2018 Lexus RC 350
Luxury – $68,400 (up $299)
F Sport – $77,700 (up $749)
Sports Luxury – $87,900 (down $91)

2018 Lexus RC F – $138,100 (up from $149)
2018 Lexus RC F Carbon – $152,300 (down $6248)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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