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2016 Lexus RC 200t Headed to U.S. with Turbo-Four Engine

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/3/2015 Eric Weiner
2016 Lexus RC 200t Headed to U.S. with Turbo-Four Engine

Lexus is further expanding applications of its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 2016 Lexus IS and 2015 Lexus NX 200t. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine will soon appear in the 2016 Lexus RC 200t. Europe's version has already been revealed, but a Lexus spokesperson confirmed to our colleagues at AUTOMOBILE that the turbo-four is indeed coming to U.S. versions of the 2016 Lexus RC.

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Lexus also says that when the 2016 Lexus RC 200t arrives, it will be “a little bit different” from its European cousin. This potentially means they’ll squeeze some more power out of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In the IS 200t, Lexus’ 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s possible that Lexus wants to differentiate the sportier 2016 Lexus RC from the IS 200t sedan. Like the IS, the Lexus RC 200t uses an eight-speed automatic transmission to send its power to the rear wheels.

2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport The European version of the 2016 Lexus RC 200t will offer an F Sport trim which we fully expect to come to U.S. shores. In addition to the more aggressive styling we know from F Sport models in the past (bigger wheels, black-mesh spindle grille, distinctive badging and trim pieces), the Euro-spec 2016 Lexus RC 200t also gets a Torsen limited-slip differential and an adaptive variable suspension. Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels are included as an upgrade over the available 18-inch and stock 17-inch wheels.

The V-6-powered 2015 Lexus RC 350 currently starts at $43,730 with rear-wheel drive. Look for pricing and availability for the 2016 Lexus RC 200t when this new model is officially revealed for the U.S. market.

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