Surprising details about the 2014 Lexus RC 350 sports coupe
The new Lexus RC 350 is a 2-door sports coupe. We used to call it a 2-door version of the IS 350, since it looks as if it is that’s car’s 2-door twin. However, in the first of many surprising details revealed this week, Lexus tells us that the RC 350 is actually based on the Lexus GS line. We won’t parse words with Lexus on that statement. We will say though that the IS is also based on the GS, so… The new IS 350 shares the suspension, drivetrain, and many other components with the GS, so we are not sure what the difference is.
The next surprise is that the 107 inch wheelbase of the RC is slightly shorter than the IS 350’s 110 inch wheelbase. Lexus claims that will add an element of sporting character to the RC in comparison to the IS 350. If so, the RC will be awesome since our testing, and testing by Car and Driver and Road and Track all confirmed that the IS 350 F-Sport is the best overall car in its compact/mid-size sports sedan class, even besting the BMW 335i. We already knew the new RC 350 at 184 inches is longer than the BMW 435i (182.6”), and wider than the BMW 4 series (by half an inch.) Now we also know it will likely turn in quicker due to the shorter wheelbase.