The first turbocharged Lexus sports coupe has been confirmed for the Australian market.
Joining the 5.0-litre V8 RC F and V6-powered RC 350, the new four-cylinder RC 200t marks the third model of the RC sports coupe lineup.
Although the car ranks the lowest in regards to displacement, this RC 200t is equipped with Lexus’ first turbocharged petrol engine, the same donk we’ve seen in the recently-released NX 200t compact SUV.
“RC 200t provides customers with an ideal introduction to the world of the outstanding, highly regarded RC coupe,” said Sean Hanley, Chief Executive of Lexus Australia.
The new 2.0-litre four-banger includes a twin-scroll turbocharger, a water-cooled cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold and Toyota’s own VVTi-W or Variable Valve Timing-intelligent-Wide. The power plant weighs just 160kg and produces 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
Hanley continued, “The new Lexus turbo engine brings great performance and responsiveness that will combine to provide a thrilling drive in the RC 200t.”
With this announcement the question has been asked if this variant could work throughout the Toyota range, perhaps giving the 86 the power it deserves, however a Toyota source has ruled this out. TT suggests that the engine would be a logical fit for the reborn Supra’s entry-spec variant.
The RC 200t will land in Australia some time in December, with local specs and pricing to be released closer to launch.