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Lexus Launches All-New Sports Coupe in Japan

October 27, 2014

Photo: Lexus
Photo: Lexus

Lexus’ all-new sports coupe, the “RC”, has gone on sale in Japan, with prices ranging from 5.65 million yen to 6.78 million yen, including consumption tax. Lexus said it aims to sell 80 units per month here.

The RC 350 is equipped with a V-6 3.5L mated to an 8-Speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. The hybrid powertrain of the RC 300h features a 2.5L four-cylinder engine equipped with next-generation D-4S3 fuel injection technology to achieve both high fuel efficiency and high output. The RC achieves fuel efficiency of 23.2 km/L under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle, according to the automaker.

The RC is equipped with a number of safety features, including an evolved blind spot monitor system that monitors any vehicles to the rear that are difficult to see with the door mirrors, plus an area in adjacent lanes of up to about 60 meters to the rear, and then notifies the driver of any rapidly approaching vehicles. When reversing out of a car park, the system’s radar detects vehicles approaching from the rear left or right, and the rear cross traffic alert system then notifies the driver via an audio alert and flashing indicator in the door mirror.

Other advanced safety features include the pre-collision system with millimeter-wave radar that detects vehicles or obstacles ahead on the road; Lane Departure Alert that detects any deviation from the lane and alerts the driver with an audio alert and flashing dashboard icon; and automatic high beam that assesses the brightness of surrounding lights while driving at night, and automatically switches from low beams to high beams as necessary.

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