The luxury coupe segment is getting more and more competitive, and lately we’ve been seeing some truly exceptional offerings from luxury automakers. Mercedes-Benz now has the new updated C Class Coupe while BMW and Audi have the stylish 4 Series and the aggressive A5 Coupe respectively. Lexus, on the other hand, has its RC Coupe, which has been taking the segment by storm.
The Lexus RC is one of the most fashionable and aggressive looking coupes in the segment. We wouldn’t be even to blame you if you ended up confusing the base RC models to the top-level and high-performing RC F. The two share a number of styling cues and elements – especially when the base model is fitted up with the F Sport Package. We recently spent a week test driving the all-new 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport and here is what we thought.
2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport Exterior
The exterior of the 2018 Lexus RC is clearly one of the most stylish in the segment. While the front end features the brand’s extremely bold signature spindle grille, the rest of the body does an exceptional job of complementing that edgy front face.
The F Sport Package takes the grille design further with the upper section’s mesh pattern gradually transforming into an “F” character as it approaches the lower part. Other F Sport exclusive additions include 19-inch alloy wheels, high-performance F Sport brakes on the rear-wheel-drive model, and a number of “F” badges.
Measurements wise, the 2018 Lexus RC sits on a wheelbase that measures 107.5-inches with an overall length of 184.8-inches. The width comes in at 72.4-inches while the height stands at 54.9-inches for the rear-wheel-drive model and 55.1-inches for the all-wheel-drive model.
Overall, the styling of the 2018 Lexus RC is one that begs to be cherished sports car poster on your wall. While its competitors opt for a more elegant and subtle design language, the RC goes above and beyond with an energetic stance from every angle.
2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport Interior
The interior of the 2018 Lexus RC features everything we’ve come to love and adore about the brand as a whole. There is a widespread use of high-quality materials used throughout the cabin. Everything you touch and feel is either covered in leather or sophisticatedly stitched.
Standard technology features on all 2018 Lexus RC models include steering wheel mounted controls, next-generation remote touchpad, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Lexus Enform infotainment system, Scout smartphone-enabled navigation, and more. The 2018 Lexus RC F Sport adds a bunch of extras including G-Force and Turbo Boost displays, an LFA inspired digital instrumentation cluster, heated and cooled bolstered F Sport seats, heated steering wheel, Lexus memory seats and steering, aluminum pedals, F Sport perforated leather-trimmed steering and shift knob, and silver performance interior trim. The navigation system with a 10.3-inch split-screen display and an upgraded Mark Levinson sound system are optional. Also optional are a range of advanced safety features that we’ll get into later.
Let’s talk about space. The interior of the 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport we test drove isn’t the most forgiving for rear passengers. Rear legroom comes in at just 27.3-inches while front legroom comes in at 45.4-inches. Cargo capacity comes in at 10.4 cubic feet.
Overall, the interior of the 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport leaves little to be desired. However, we do wish that Lexus offered Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport Performance
The 2018 Lexus RC 300 is offered in two different drivetrain and engine options. The rear-wheel-drive 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 241 horsepower while our all-wheel-drive 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 260 horsepower. That allows the RC 300 F Sport all-wheel-drive to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.
The F Sport Package adds a collection of performance enhancements including a custom driving mode selector that features a Sport S+ mode and an adaptive variable suspension. While we haven’t had the chance to drive the standard RC 300, the RC 300 F Sport definitely ups the ante with better performance. When you pop the 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport AWD in Sport+ mode, you’ll definitely feel the exhilarating performance that this V6 engine has to offer. There wasn’t a moment we found ourselves wishing that we were driving the RC 350 AWD model which can run from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds flat.
Fuel economy wise, the 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport AWD averages an EPA-rated 19/26 mpg* (city/highway).
One thing we must point out, the 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport is one supremely comfortable sports car to drive. While most sports car tend to be a little rigid on the road, the Lexus RC 300 F Sport soaks up all the bumps and cracks on the road with ease. The ride quality is smooth like butter when you need it to be and slightly tough when you want to go a bit faster.
2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport Safety
While a rear-view-camera is standard on all Lexus RC models, you can optionally add the triple beam LED headlamps, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, automatic parking, hill-start assist control and more.
2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport Overall
Overall, the 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport is a hidden gem in the luxury coupe segment. While it may not be as famous as its competitors, the Lexus RC 300 F Sport is one model that offers you the most bang for your buck when it comes to styling, performance, and power. Prices for the 2018 Lexus RC 300 F Sport start at $44,745** for the rear-wheel-drive model and $47,070** for the all-wheel-drive model. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Lexus dealer for a test drive today!
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.