2021 Lexus RC range updated: safety, suspension and powertrain

Posted: 18 November 2020 11:35 am
2018 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

The Lexus RC range has been updated and so has the price. We look at what's changed.

Lexus has updated the stylish two-door RC range with changes that see the car become more responsive and safe.

"The advanced technology and engineering in the Lexus RC ensure that every journey prioritises driver connection, dynamic performance and safety," said Scott Thompson, Lexus Australia Chief Executive.

Despite the upgrades and improvements, consumers won't bear the brunt of the developments with the recommended retail price increasing by just $100 across the range.

So, what has changed?

New transmission control software

Lexus has developed new adaptive control software for the existing 8-speed transmission that is mated to the 2.0-litre turbocharged RC 300 and 3.5-litre V6 RC 350 variants.

The software changes how aggressively the vehicle responds to driver and road surface input in Normal, Sport and Sport S+ modes, making changes to when the vehicle shifts gears.

If Normal is selected, for instance, the software will opt to use higher gears in order to reduce the amount of fuel the engine is sipping on. Switching into the sportier modes meanns lower gears would be selected and prepare downshifts better during the braking phase of more aggressive driving.

RC range gets Stop & Go cruise control

All-speed radar active cruise control is now standard on the entire Lexus RC Range making it easier to navigate congested city traffic the country over.

If you opt for an RC 300 model, this will even activate the engines stop/start functionality for improved fuel efficiency.

The new all-speed RACC is incorporated into an already comprehensive Lexus Safety System+ suite that includes a pre-collision safety system with pre-collision braking including pedestrian detection, automatic high beam and lane departure warning with steering assist.

As standard, along with the Lexus Safety System+, the Lexus RC range still gets blind-spot monitors with lane change alert, a reversing camera, clearance & reversing sonar and rear cross traffic alert are also standard.

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Rear suspension

Lexus RC 300 and RC 350 models will benefit from an upgraded rear suspension which gets a new stabiliser bar with an increased diameter but has a reduced wall thickness and high-strength aluminium for the upper arm.

Basically, these upgrades reduce the weight of the vehicle (which is always a good thing in a performance car) but still help to ensure the vehicle is as rigid as it needs to be

New paint options on the Lexus RC range

Sonic Chrome and Celestial Blue are both options when selecting your colour combinations. The two new colours join the existing colours:

  • White Nova
  • Sonic Quartz
  • Titanium, Onyx
  • Graphite Black
  • Infrared
  • Zinnia Yellow
  • Cobalt Mica

Electronic parking brake


Gone is the foot brake of the old RC, replaced with what is fast becoming the standard, an electronic brake.

If you have followed RC reviews online or have test-driven one before, you would know that it has always been an odd feature of the RC – so this is a welcome update.

Lexus RC 350 F Sport

New Lexus RC range pricing

RC 300 Luxury
RC 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 1
RC 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2
RC 300 F Sport
RC 300 F Sport with Enhancement Pack 1
RC 350 Luxury
RC 350 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 1
RC 350 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2
RC 350 F Sport
RC 350 F Sport with Enhancement Pack

Want to read more car reviews? Check out our car reviews section. We have also driven the Lexus RC F, if you would like to see what we thought, check out our Lexus RC F review. If you're in the market and already know which model you are after, it might be worth comparing car loan options as well as car insurance to see how much you could save.

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