Lexus RC series gains new engine choices with up to 306hp

Lexus has debuted its RC luxury sport series for 2016 and the biggest changes for the RC line from 2015 are new engine choices for 2016. The RC 350 is joined by the new RC 200t and the RC 300 AWD bringing some new options to the lineup. The RC 200t F Sport and the 350 RWD F Sport offer optional orange brake calipers for 2016 and a limited slip differential. RC 200t and RC 350 RWD buyers get performance dampers as standard.

A new paint color called Eminent White Pearl is available for 2016 replacing the Starfire Pearl that was offered last year. Buyers can also opt in to get the Lexus Enform Service connect system on the RC series with a free one year subscription. The RC 200t is offered as a RWD only and uses a 2.0L twin-scroll turbo inline-four with an intercooler and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 241hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The RC 300 AWD packs a V6 making 255hp and 236 lb-ft of torque via a 3.5L V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The top dog in the RC line is the RC350 making 306hp from its 3.5L V6 engine mated with an 8-speed Sports Program Direct Shift transmission.

The RC 350 can be had with RWD or AWD with the AWD version using a 6-speed transmission. The interior of all RC models is designed to look like the LFA supercar. RC drivers get a Drive mode Select system that uses a dial to choose normal Sport S, and ECO modes. F Sport versions also get a Sport S+ mode.