Johannesburg - It’s probably been a while since you last saw a Lexus RC coupé on the roads - if ever - but it has been around for a few years and now there’s a new (ish) one for 2019.
The 4 Series rivalling two-door has been given a mid-life makeover in the form of a subtle exterior nip and tuck as well as various cabin refinements and a revised chassis.
The devil is in the detail here. A redesigned front bumper gives the RC a smoother look inspired by the larger LC, while headlights with triple-stacked micro LEDs and a new tick-shaped daytime running light design add some sparkle, as do the bolder L-shaped tail light lenses round back and the fresh 19-inch alloys.
New colour options include Lava Orange and Sparkling Meteor, with buyers now having 10 different exterior hues to choose from.
Only one derivative is offered to South African customers, this being the RC 350 F Sport, which carries over the previous 3.5-litre dual-injection normally aspirated V6 petrol engine. The motor produces 232kW at 6600rpm and 380Nm at 4800, sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Lexus quotes a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 230km/h.