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ALL-NEW LEXUS RC200 DELIVERS QUITE A PUNCH

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Meet the RC200t, an all-new member of the RC family, which already has the 300 and 350 in its arsenal. This fine luxury coupe shares its powertrain with the IS200: a 2.0-liter twin-turbo and intercooled inline-4 cylinder engine developing 241 horsepower @ 5800 rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm. It is more than enough to take the rear-wheel-drive car from 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds with top speed at 143 mph. The rear-wheel-drive ride is mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox with eco, normal, sport and snow modes. 
The F Sport package ($4,105) fetches you a massive mesh spindle grille flanked by twin-projector LED headlights, 19-inch five-spoke wheels, cooled/heated front seats, perforated shifter and power steering column, aluminum sport pedals, blind spot monitor, among other luxuries. And, of course, a forceful F Sport-tuned suspension that provides for some energetic driving. LFA-inspired instrument panel hosts a moving center ring for a digital speedometer, tachometer and a driver information center. Other goodies include silver metallic trim, analog clock, 60/40 fold rear seat and dual-zone auto a/c control. A mouse-like, easy-to-use Remote Touch enables the driver to toggle navigation, climate, audio and phone controls, which are displayed on a 7-inch screen.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, front knee airbags, vehicle stability and traction controls, front/rear crumple zones and side-impact beams, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
It comes down to choice. If you like a slightly more aggressive ride than the base RC200t has to offer, we recommend adding the F Sport option. It will deliver a punch or two as you ride in style and safety to your destination.

RC200t
Wheelbase: 107.5 inches
Length: 184.8 inches
Suspension: double wishbone front, multilink rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gallons
City: 22 mpg
Highway: 32 mpg
Base price: $39,995
Web site: www.lexus.com

CALLING ALL LEXUS DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com