The least costly Lexus RC is the RC200t Luxury, which has the 2.0-litre engine and 18-inch alloy wheels. You can spend more on a different engine, more equipment, or both.
On the engine side, you can pay a little bit more for an RC350, which has the 3.5-litre V6 engine, or nearly twice as much for an RC-F, which has the 5.0-litre V8.
On the equipment side, the RC200t and RC350 come in three versions. The least costly is Luxury (perhaps Lexus is trying to convince you that Luxury is standard on its cars). You can spend more for F-Sport, and more again for Sports Luxury.
In the RC200t, F-Sport brings 19-inch wheels shod with lower-profile tyres, which make the steering feel slightly more direct (and the car look racier). A limited-slip differential helps steady the car when driving hard out of corners. Adaptive suspension tunes the car’s ride automatically for the driving conditions. Visual touches include chunkier front and rear bumpers, and side skirts.
Front seats in the F-Sport have more substantial side bolsters, which help hold you in place around corners, and the driver’s seat remembers your adjustments. There is blind spot monitoring, to warn you of other vehicles alongside out of view, and rear cross-traffic alert, which helps avoid carpark bingles when reversing. Audiophiles will appreciate the premium Mark Levinson sound system.
The RC350 F-Sport has this equipment but also brings variable ratio steering (which enhances steering feel as speeds rise), and Dynamic Rear Steering, which helps the car turn more sharply at low speeds – while improving stability at high speeds.
Paying more for an RC200t or RC350 Sports Luxury brings you full leather trim, headlamps that dip automatically for oncoming drivers, and lane-departure warning (which helps you avoid drifting into oncoming traffic, for example).
Paying much more for an RC-F brings you the V8 engine and most of the Sports Luxury equipment list, including – since December 2016 – the adaptive suspension. You also get a much more aggressive look, racing seats that have much more side support than in other models, and a torque-vectoring differential, which does an even better job than the limited-slip diff in the less costly RCs.
You can add a Carbon Pack to the RC-F that includes a bonnet and roof made from lightweight carbon-fibre, and a rear wing that rises at speeds over 80km/h to improve high-speed aerodynamics.