Lexus s­ports new techno­lo­gy in 2018

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

The Lexus RC 300 EX and 350 F S­port cou­pés be­ne­fit from new e­quip­ment and techno­lo­gy fe­a­tu­res for 2018, per­haps the most im­por­tant of the­se being in the sa­fe­ty de­part­ment via the ad­di­ti­on of se­lected Lexus Sa­fe­ty Sy­stem+ fe­a­tu­res.

Both va­ri­ants now co­me stan­dard with an air bag er­ror in­di­ca­tor. On top of this, the RC 350 F S­port mo­del bo­as­ts a new sta­te-of-the-art pre-col­li­si­on sy­stem as well as a­dap­ti­ve crui­se con­t­rol.

With a sleek cou­pé bo­dy sty­le de­sign that bo­as­ts sculp­ted li­nes and a wi­de, low stan­ce, the RC was de­sig­ned from the ground up to se­am­les­sly blend eye-ca­t­ching de­sign with exhi­la­ra­ting per­for­man­ce.

The dri­ver’s cock­pit is di­vi­ded in­to o­pe­ra­ti­o­nal and dis­play zo­nes. The up­per zo­ne hou­ses the in­stru­ment pa­nel and a 10,3” na­vi­ga­ti­on screen, whi­le a lay­e­red cen­t­re con­so­le in­te­gra­tes har­mo­ni­ous­ly with Lexus’s u­ni­que re­mo­te tou­ch in­ter­fa­ce.

The se­ats u­ti­li­se an in­te­gra­ted fo­a­ming con­structi­on met­hod – much li­ke ra­cing se­at moul­ding – to en­s­u­re op­ti­mum occu­pant com­fort and sup­port.

Now stan­dard in the RC mo­del ran­ge is an air bag er­ror in­di­ca­tor.

This fe­a­tu­re, which de­tects any er­ror that may cau­se the Lexus RC ai­r­bag not to de­ploy and dis­plays a war­ning lig­ht as a pre­cau­ti­on, has been ad­ded to both mo­dels.

PRE-CRASH SY­STEM

The Lexus Pre-Crash Sy­stem is now stan­dard on RC 350 F S­port. This con­ven­ti­o­nal pre-crash sy­stem u­ses alerts, bra­king as­sist and pre­col­li­si­on bra­king to pre­vent or re­du­ce im­pact da­ma­ge.

The acti­ve s­teer­ing as­sist functi­on ad­di­ti­o­nal­ly i­ni­ti­a­tes au­to­ma­tic s­teer­ing con­t­rol to as­sist in a­voi­ding a col­li­si­on w­he­re bra­ke con­t­rol al­o­ne is not suf­fi­cient.

Stan­dard on the V8-po­we­red RC 350 F S­port cou­pé is the a­dap­ti­ve crui­se con­t­rol which is a­ble to de­tect a pre­ce­ding ve­hi­cle as well as main­tain a suit­a­ble ve­hi­cle-to-ve­hi­cle fol­lo­wing dis­tan­ce with a choi­ce of three crui­se gap dis­tan­ces. Furt­her­mo­re, this fe­a­tu­re helps keep the Lexus RC 350 F S­port a sa­fe dis­tan­ce from the car in front, ad­jus­ting to e­ven very low speeds in bu­sy traf­fic.

The RC is po­we­red by a 2,0-lit­re four-cy­lin­der tur­bo en­gi­ne.

Its tur­bo-char­ged en­gi­ne de­li­vers 180kW of po­wer at 5 800rpm and 350Nm of tor­que, which is a­vai­la­ble from a low 1 650rpm to 4 400rpm, to of­fer the dri­ver gre­at flex­i­bi­li­ty and en­do­wing the RC 300 EX with a 7,5 se­conds sprint ti­me in the o­bli­ga­to­ry 0 to 100km dash. Top speed is peg­ged at 230km.

The RC 350 F S­port a­chie­ves 0 to 100km in 6,3 se­conds. The RC 300 EX has a com­bi­ne­d­cy­cle fu­el e­co­nomy of eig­ht lit­res per 100km and car­bon di­ox­i­de e­mis­si­ons of 186g/km. For the RC 350 F S­port it’s 9,1 lit­res per 100km and car­bon di­ox­i­de e­mis­si­ons of 212g/km.

The RC mo­dels pro­vi­de an acces­si­ble point of en­try for li­fe­sty­le buy­ers who want the sta­te­ment of a luxu­ry cou­pé and the ef­fi­cien­cies of a smal­ler ca­pa­ci­ty po­wer­plant.

DETAILS

The ex­te­ri­or co­lours are W­hi­te Qu­artz, Mer­cu­ry G­rey, W­hi­te No­va, Grap­hi­te Black, Pla­ti­num Sil­ver, So­lar S­torm Red, Po­sei­don Blue and So­nic Ti­ta­ni­um.

The in­te­ri­or co­mes in two op­ti­ons of smooth le­at­her: Black and Dark Ro­se. The Lexus RC 300 EX is pri­ced at R764 500 and the RC 350 F S­port is R897 800. Both mo­dels co­me stan­dard with a four y­e­ar or 100 000km war­ran­ty.

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