2019 Lexus RC 300 Specs, Release Dates, Prices

A smooth ride, fresh new look and style — the 2019 Lexus RC 300 is ready to roll. With the Lexus brand’s dedication to high performance and world-class craftsmanship, drivers can count on an emotional driving experience with the RC 300 coupe.

The idea of “sharper and more graceful” defines the LC flagship, Lexus have applied the same concept to the new 2019 Lexus RC 300. This included enhancing the car’s aerodynamics and fine-tuning the suspension system and powertrain. Armed with a more stable ride quality and sharper handling characteristics, the new RC is more athletic and responsive than ever.

Enhanced aerodynamics — such as a new fin shape on the side window mold and a duct on the rear bumper that improves air flow, result in improved stability. New available 19-in. wheels and tires with increased grip deliver excellent steering response. Stiffer suspension bushings have been incorporated along with new shock absorbers which provide significant damping force from low suspension stroke speeds. Thanks to a significant amount of real-world testing that allowed constant fine-tuning by the chassis engineers, the new 2019 Lexus RC 300 delivers an extremely supple ride quality and razor-sharp handling characteristics.

WHAT’S NEW:

New or Redesigned Standard Features:

  • Front and rear fascia, front grille, headlamps and taillamps, rear Lexus logo

  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL), outer mirrors

  • Wheel designs

  • Analog clock, Start/Stop button, AC register design, knee pad and cup holder

  • Revised springs and shock absorbers

  • Recalibrated Electronic Power Steering

  • Four-Cylinder Turbocharged engine – ECU updated to optimize shift schedule, throttle and turbocharger response

  • Apple CarPlay Compatible

  • Amazon Alexa integration ​​ 

  • Lexus Enform Remote (smartwatch and Amazon Alexa skill integration)

Updated Package:

  • Premium Package: Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Color Changes:

  • Exterior: Blue Vortex Metallic added (Standard model)

  • Interior: White, Circuit Red, Black with Yellow Accents and Dark Gray Streamline trim added (F SPORT)

POWERTRAIN

The 2019 Lexus RC 300 rear-wheel drive is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. This smooth operator produces 241 horsepower with 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 1,650-4,400 rpm. It’s paired with an eight-speed sport direct-shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters and consumes fuel at a rate of 21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway / 24 mpg combined manufacturer estimated fuel economy.

The Sport Direct-Shift eight-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters combines torque converter smoothness with shifting speed of a dual-clutch unit when shifting manually. MANUAL (M) mode engages full torque-converter lock-up from second to eighth gears for manual shifting. Downshifts are made in just 0.4 seconds in M mode, with the transmission throttle blipping control matching the engine speed to the gear.

The RC 300 all-wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It produces 260 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. torque at 2,000-4,800 rpm, and is teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The 2019 Lexus RC 300 listens to the driver through the Drive Mode Select system. Using a dial on the console, the driver can “dial in” the performance response and the feel desired. Drive Mode Select tailors the vehicle’s powertrain, electric power-assisted steering assist curve and, on F SPORT, suspension response. Modes include NORMAL, SPORT and ECO. The F SPORT adds SPORT S+ mode for maximum handling performance from the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). It also adds a customizable mode that allows the driver to set the powertrain and suspensions settings.

ENGINE

RC 300

RC 300 AWD

Type, Construction

In-line 4-cylinder aluminum block and cylinder heads

V6 with aluminum block and cylinder heads

Designation

8AR-FTS

2GR-FKS

Valvetrain

DOHC 16-valve with VVT-iW (intake) and VVT-I (exhaust)

DOHC 24 valve with VVT-iW (intake) and VVT-I (exhaust)

Displacement

2.0 liter twin-scroll turbocharged with intercooler (1,998 cc; 122 cu. in.)

3.5 liters (3,456 cc; 211 cu. in.)

Bore x Stroke

3.39 in x 3.39 in.

3.70 in. x 3.27 in.

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

11.8:1

Horsepower

241 hp @ 5,800 rpm

260 hp @ 6,600 rpm

Torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1,650-4,400 rpm

236 lb.-ft. @ 2,000-4,800 rpm

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI, D4ST)

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI, D4S)

Fuel Requirement

Premium 91-octane unleaded

Premium 91-octane unleaded

Fuel Capacity

17.4 gal.

17.4 gal

Emission Certification

LEV III-ULEV, Tier 3 with OBD

LEV III-ULEV, Tier 3 with OBD

DRIVETRAIN

 

Layout

Front engine, rear wheel drive

Front engine, all-wheel drive

Transmission Type

Sport Direct-Shift eight speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters

6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle

PERFORMANCE

 

Max. Speed

143 mph

130 mph

Zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec

6.3 sec

Standing ¼-mile

16.0 sec

14.9 sec

Fuel Estimated (mpg)

21 city/ 30 highway/ 24 combined

18 city/ 24 highway/ 21 combined

 

INTERIOR DESIGN

Drivers will feel right at home in the luxury coupe cabin. To enhance the look and feel of the interior, a new Dark Gray Streamline treatment has been applied to the heater control and audio panels. The design also includes enlarged knee pads to create a heightened sense of space, a new analog clock and cup holder.

For the 2019 RC 300, Lexus offers six different combinations of interior trim. Colors for the standard coupe include Glazed Caramel, Playa and Black. The RC F SPORT models will get three new bold colors: Circuit Red, Black with Yellow Accents and White.

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length

184.8 in.

Overall Width

72.4 in. (mirrors folded)

81.5 in. (mirrors unfolded)

Overall Height

54.9 in. (RWD)

55.1 in. (AWD)

Wheelbase

107.5 in.

Max Cargo Capacity

10.4 cu.ft

Curb Weight

3,737 lbs. (RWD)

3,891 lbs. (AWD)

Seating Capacity

4

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The 2019 Lexus RC 300 is a four-seat luxury sport coupe that's available in two trim levels: base and F Sport. Both offer a choice of powertrain. The rear-wheel-drive model is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive RC 300 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 connected to a six-speed automatic.

Standard equipment for the base RC 300 include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, power-adjustable front seats, heated seats (AWD models only), simulated leather upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch display, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, and Lexus Enform communication and remote services.

The optional Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic wipers, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and driver-seat memory settings. The Navigation package get a console-mounted touchpad controller, a 10.3-inch display, upgraded voice commands and integrated navigation.

The 2019 Lexus RC 300 F Sport get a mesh grille and a unique front fascia along with 19-inch wheels, adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers, and sport front seats with heating and ventilation. The F Sport models also get the Navigation and Premium packages, perforated-leather upholstery and trim, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings and a special instrument cluster.

Other options include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a sunroof, upgraded headlights, LED foglights, blind-spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors.

The 2019 Lexus RC 300 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over the $42,000 mark, after the $1,025 destination charge. If you want all-wheel drive, the RC 300 AWD starts at about $44,850. Those prices are not far from the Infiniti Q60, Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series, but quite a bit more than the Cadillac ATS coupe.

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