Lexus has just approached to delight its fans with the announcement of its new eco-friendly creation. This is all new 2015 Lexus RC 350, the Lexus’ first hybrid coupe, which made its first appearance in November last year at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The prototype was much appreciated on the scene by audience, showing their eagerness for its final release.
Considering this, today, I decided to highlight some of the salient features of 2015 Lexus RC 350 hybrid car.
2015 Lexus RC 350 will initially be offered in two trim level; RC 300h and RC 350. The standard version is said to comprise of a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine supplemented by Lexus’ modern hybrid drive system. This machine is capable to generate a strength up to 176 horsepower with an additional 140 horsepower contributed by the electric motor. The engine will be supported by the six speed pseudo model manual transmission. On the other hand, the elevated version of RC 350 will be enclosing 3.5 liter V6 engine, capable of producing 314 horsepower and a torque of 280, accompanied with eight speed automatic transmission. Whereas, the same 3.5 liter engine will also be available with eight speed manual transmission. Both the types will base on Rear wheel drive system.
Although the speed aptitudes have not yet been announced officially, the estimated top speed of 2015 Lexus RC 350 is 250 km/h. In addition to that, the estimated time to achieve 100 km/h from a state of 0 km/h is just 5.5 seconds. Taking into account the technical features, the speed of RC 350 is rated with 4 stars.
The new RC series has a sporty look with efficient design and impressive aerodynamic features. Wedge shaped head lights, cockpit seating for driver as well as passenger, and trademark Lexus rod fence add a lot to the appearance of this vehicle. Furthermore, the congealed rocker panels supplement much to the two door firmness. All these collectively score 4.5 stars for design.
The RC sequence is expected to deliver a class of driving experience by enhanced performance of IS and GS lines. Moreover, the chassis is empowered by the engineering tactics of LS and IS models and other designing features.
It is quite obvious that the new RC series is not going to end up with just the two models noted above. It is reported that Lexus has already trademarked the next in line model, called as RC F. This F model is rumored to make its first public revelation at 2014 Detroit Auto Show, just after the launch of RC 350. As the F model is less concerned and ambiguous at this stage, my rating for it is 2.5 stars.
Although the official prices are yet to be announced, analysts are speculating on how much would this drive cost. The probable price for Lexus RC Coupe is estimated somewhere around $40,000. If this is so, the perceived package will not be a highly expensive deal, so I would give it 4 stars.
While Lexus is getting on its mark to unleash this new development onto the roads, they cannot overlook the competition from BMW and Audi. BMW’s recently in news 4-series has also gained some heat in the past few weeks, which is a replacement to the existing 3 series. 4 series will be available in two different versions; 428i and 435i with 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder and 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo engines, respectively. They have the heat production capacity from 240 horsepower to 300 horsepower. On the other side, Audi has also entered in the production phase of its recently announced A5 with Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims having 2.0 liter four cylinder engines. This would possess 211 horsepower engine capacity and 258 pound feet of torque. Starting prices for 4 series and A5 are $41,435 and $37, 850 respectively, which are pretty close to 2015 Lexus RC 350.
The vehicle under consideration is likely to come out this summer in the markets around the world. However, it is not confirmed yet, as where it would be seen first. Up till now, it is assumed that Lexus will be targeting a larger geographical area for its first hybrid coupe.
Although one can hardly find a flaw in 2015 Lexus RC 350, the IS sedan type of handling might face some censures. As the car is an apparent speed beast, it should have excellent ride handling capability. Apart from that, the hand controlled infotainment system can divert the focus of driver from the track.
The powertrain, designing features, and overall appearance of the Lexus RC 300h and RC 350 seem to be a perfect blend of speed and style. From what officials have uncovered, I can easily infer that this entire new line-up from Lexus will yield much and stand against its competitors. Further can only be experienced, once the vehicle is good to go.
Suhail is a journalist who loves everything about technology driven cars. He keeps a keen eye on the latest developments in automotive industry and shares the news as it breaks.
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