Due to go on sale on 1 November, the BMW 4 Series rival is priced from £38,800 for the base variant, which is equipped with kit such as front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, keyless entry, sat-nav and 18-inch alloys.
The mid-range F-Sport model introduces sportier bodywork and interior upgrades, alongside LED headlights and an adaptive suspension system. An optional Takumi pack adds a 17 speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a heated steering wheel and a sunroof for an extra £2,000. Topping the range is the fully-loaded RC Takumi, priced at £45,800.
In addition to minor styling alterations, Lexus has made aerodynamic tweaks to the RC, as well as revising the suspension with a view to improving ride quality. The steering has been re-engineered, with the company claiming it has improved the rack's road feel. The new RC is also lower to the ground and features a slightly wider track than before in a bid to improve handling.
The interior benefits from greater use of plusher materials, such as brushed metal for the heater and audio control panels, while the analogue clock from Lexus's flagship LC has been grafted onto the RC’s dashboard.
Outside, Lexus has incorporated LED daytime running lights into the light clusters, and new paint colours and alloy wheel designs are available. Lexus says the LC has been a considerable point of reference for the RC’s new design, although the brand's entry-level coupé has a less concept-like appearance than the comparatively wildly styled LC. .
The RC made its appearance at the Paris motor show alongside the recently confirmed Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate.
First deliveries of the RC start later this year, a few weeks after its Paris debut.