2017 Lexus RC200t Coupe Test Drive Review

2017 Lexus RC200t Coupe Test Drive Review
- following in the turbo path of the Lexus IS sedan, Lexus RC200t is the cheapest model in the RC lineup, and it shares its small forced-induction four-cylinder with the NX, IS, and GS, price remains chief selling point for RC200t, starting figure of $41,150 makes this striking-looking luxury coupe fairly accessible

- cheaper than the $43,575 Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe, the $43,145 BMW 430i, and the Audi A5 $43,150 with automatic transmission

- while Lexus's luxury coupe price is above the Cadillac ATS coupe, at $38,590, and the $39,855 Infiniti Q60

- our test car priced at $45,254 includes adaptive cruise control and illuminated doorsills, $1240 Premium package, having heated and ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, $1470 Navigation package (the Lexus Enform suite of apps, navigation, plus an in-dash CD and DVD player, Lexus’s touchpad infotainment control, voice command)

- gaping spindle grille, checkmark lighting graphics, aggressively textured, layered bumpers

- a $4105 option that also brings suspension and brake upgrades

- 2.0-liter inline-four, twin-scroll turbocharger, 241 horsepower at 5800 rpm, 258 lb-ft of torque at 1650 rpm, eight-speed automatic transmission, rear wheel drive

- no option for all-wheel drive or a manual transmission on the RC200t

- offer all-wheel drive in the V-6–powered RC300 ($43,745) and the more powerful RC350 ($46,150)

- 3796 pounds, heavier than the Cadiallac ATS, Audi A5, or BMW 430i

- zero-to-60-mph in 6.7 seconds, 15.1-second quarter-mile pass at 96 mph, the Mercedes-Benz C300 got to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds

- 171-foot stop from 70 mph, grabby pedal feel, the C300 needing only 157 feet and the 428i requiring 164 feet

- steering is nicely weighted, driving manners are competent and agreeable

- composed in corners, strong 0.88 g on the skidpad, considering its all-season tires

- high quality wood trim, substantial metal dials, plentiful soft touchpoints, thickly bolstered seats, the high beltline, raised center tunnel, hard to see out of

- the rear seats and trunk are cramped

- Lexus RC200t do not offer driving excitement, looks fast but lacks overtly sporting tendencies

Starting Price $41,150
Vehicle Type 2 door coupe, front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, port and direct fuel injection
Transmission 8-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 241 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque 258 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
Displacement 122 cu in, 1998 cc
Wheelbase 107.5 in
Length 184.8 in
Width 72.4 in
Height 54.9 in
Curb weight 3796 lb
Passenger volume 82 cu ft
Cargo volume 10 cu ft
0-60 mph 6.7 sec
0-100 mph 16.3 sec
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 7.6 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 3.8 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 4.6 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 171 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 22/32 mpg
C/D observed 19 mpg
Pros reasonable price, style
Cons reasonable price, style