2019 Lexus RC now on sale in Australia from $66,174

December 11, 2018

Lexus’s opening luxury coupe has been lightly refreshed and is now on sale in Australia. Introducing the 2019 Lexus RC.

Just four variants are being offered in Australia, including two RC 300 grades and two RC 350 grades. The grades are either the entry Luxury or the racy F Sport (as pictured)

Powering the RC 300 (previously called the RC 200t) is a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder producing 180kW and 350Nm. If you want more power, the RC 350 continues with the 3.5-litre V6 that kicks out 232kW and 380Nm.

The two grades provide distinct themes. Going for the Luxury garners are range of prestige-focused features, including fresh-look 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather upholstery inside, power front seats and steering column, and a 10-speaker audio system.

Jumping up to the F Sport adds unique 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive variable suspension with sports settings, a limited-slip differential, 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, and a smattering of F Sport highlights such as sports steering wheel, bespoke aero kit for the exterior, and exclusive hip-hugging seats.

With the 2019 model, both versions now come with added safety tech. Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, auto wipers, and cornering headlights are all standard. Some refinements are also made to the cabin, such as larger knee pads for the front passengers, while a new brushed trimming is added to decorate the heater and audio panels.

“The latest RC Line’s sporty appearance and versatile driving character have been inspired by our flagship LC coupe, consolidating its position as an outstanding premium luxury coupe in the market, “ said Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson.

The new model is on sale now, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2019 Lexus RC 300 Luxury: $66,174
2019 Lexus RC 300 F Sport: $74,529

2019 Lexus RC 350 Luxury: $69,874
2019 Lexus RC 350 F Sport: $77,529

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.