Once Lexus opened up the option of a turbocharged four-cylinder with the introduction of the NX 200t, it was clear that this potent four-pot would spread across its lineup like a wildfire. Just a few weeks ago, we learned that the IS 200t would be available in Europe and the U.S., and today we have learned that the RC coupe will jump on the turbo-four bandwagon.
That’s right, the Lexus RC lineup, which currently consists of the RC 350 and the RC F, will inherit the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to create the RC 200t. Like the IS 200t, this new coupe will boast 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This will get the RC to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 142 mph.
The addition of the RC 200t will finally give Lexus something that can compete with the 428i in terms of setup. In terms of performance, however, the RC 200t falls short. The 428i is significantly quicker than the RC 200t, hitting 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds – 1.6 seconds quicker than the RC – and topping out at 155 mph. The difference in acceleration times is likely due to the weight advantage of the 428i and the driveline sending the ponies to the rear wheels.
Whether or not Lexus will release the RC 200t in the U.S. remains unknown, but it will reportedly arrive in Europe later in 2015. Adding to the possibility of a release here in the States is the fact that PerformanceDrive.com.au has received confirmation that the RC 200t will arrive in Australia in December 2015.
Lexus will announce pricing as the RC 200t nears its launch date. However, it will need to undercut the 428i by a wide margin if it hopes to lure buyers away from the peppy Bimmer.