Lexus is set to bust out an updated RC coupé at October’s Paris motor show, almost exactly five years since the original debuted at the 2013 Tokyo show. The company hasn’t gone berserk with revamp, focusing more on subtle enhancements to its exterior and interior styling, along with a few tweaks to the 2019 RC’s aerodynamics and suspension.

The RC’s thrusting beak appears even more so in the 2019 model, courtesy of new keyhole-shaped headlights that culminate in a razor-sharp point that juts into the ‘spindle’ grille. It makes for a less fussy look, as the headlights and daytime-running lights were formerly housed separately, whereas they’re now incorporated within a single unit. The taillight clusters have also been reprofiled and sit above revised ducts in the lower corners of the bumper. Meanwhile, the colour palette has been supplemented by a new hue — Blue Vortex Metallic.

Lexus spouts the message “sharper and more graceful” in referring to the new RC’s driving dynamics, which should benefit from new shock absorbers, stiffer suspension bushes and a new 19in wheel/tyre package. The 2019 RC allegedly has enhanced aero, too, thanks to the addition of a new “fin shape” on the side window moulding and the aforementioned ducts in the rear bumper to improve airflow.

The 2019 range will include an RC F Sport model, bearing the Signature F Sport grille mesh pattern and a unique set of 19in alloys inspired by those on the LC coupé.


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