Lexus RC300h/RC350 is a slightly angry IS coupe

It’s surprising, but it’s taken three generations for the Lexus IS to spawn a coupe version, which will henceforth be referred to as the RC.

The new Lexus RC coupe will debut at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The new coupe sits on a shortened version of the IS sedan’s underpinnings and is, predictably, shorter and lower overall. Due to the rear-wheel drive layout and having two fewer doors, the RC seats four only.

Initially the RC will be sold with a 3.5-litre V6 as the RC350, and as the hybrid RC300h. As both drivetrains are found in the IS sedan, we’d expect the RC350 to boast 233kW of power and 378Nm of torque. With power going to the rear wheels via an 8-speed auto, the RC350 should sprint to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds or less and drink an official 9.7L/100km.

The RC300h will mate a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor and nickle-metal hydride batteries, and should have 164kW of power on tap and a fuel economy rating of around 4.9L/100km allied to a 0-100km/h time of 8.5 seconds.

Lexus will reveal more info when the car is officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.


Length: 4,695mm
Height: 1,395mm
Width: 1,840mm
Wheelbase: 2,730mm

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]