Lexus RC 350 F-Sport

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As an individualistic design focused coupé with a futuristic feel, its low stance emphasises an aggressive appearance without losing its graceful and sophisticated aura.

by RUBIN VAN NIEKERK

Used in mass production for the first time, the five-layered paint process provides a deep, brilliant finish that radiates in Solar Storm Red. 

Integrated air ducts control airflow to the sides of the car and airflow to the radiator enhances engine cooling, while a front deflector improves aerodynamic efficiency. Six strategically placed braces reinforces rigidity along with body bonding, laser screw welding and a high rigidity glass adhesive which supports the chassis body structure. An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) electronically controls damping force to improve the absorption rate on bad roads. Sport S + Mode engagement via Drive Mode Select stiffens the suspension for a more sporting drive and greater stability. AVS prevents diving during emergency braking and monitors steering and road conditions continuously to optimise the suspension functioning. Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) on the front wheels and Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) on the rear wheels work in conjunction with an electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering (EPS) to provide superior straight line stability with responsive steering. VGRS means less actual steering is required at parking speeds and urban driving requires little physical effort, while high speed driving gives a firm steering feel for optimal control. 

The highly acclaimed 3,5-litre V6 engine is mated to an eight speed transmission with close gear ratios to enhance performance and economy. You have a choice between D Mode (automatic) or M Mode that allows manual shifting. Linking the transmission to the Lexus Drive Mode Select Function with Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport S + settings improves economy and changes the persona of the RC 350 F-Sport radically. 

Driving through long s-shaped bends reveals the magnificence of this Lexus and a new G-Forces sensor finds ideal gear engagement to maximise speed out of corners after substantial braking. Purpose-designed seats keep your stable during enthusiastic driving and a highly tactile interior with soft textures blended with stylish metallic designs give that typical body hugging ambiance required of a sports coupé. A 60:40 split rear seat allows items of up to 1,5 metres to be loaded and is conveniently controlled via a lever in the boot. 

Cockpit instrumentation is inspired by the LFA supercar and can be viewed in red, blue or white depending on personal preference. An impressive 256 watt Pioneer ten-speaker system is standard with advanced Bluetooth capabilities. A Lexus-first, upward facing indirect door illumination creates a welcoming ambience and dims to an appropriate level during driving. High levels of safety features include eight airbags and head impact absorbing structures in each pillar and roof head lining. Lane Departure Alert (LDA) is standard and can be turned off. An Auto High Beam system automatically dims the LED headlights for oncoming traffic or when you approach preceding vehicles, making night driving a pleasure. 

No options are possible, as the Lexus RC 350 F-Sport is loaded to the brim with everything you could possibly want. Typically with cars like this you could easily spend well over R100 000 on a few optional extras, which naturally bolsters the Lexus resale value. Understandably there are already long waiting lists for this beautiful coupé.

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