2019 Lexus RC 350 F Sport AWD
The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” isn’t exactly the sort of thing that someone who writes for a living feels really happy about, but when it comes to the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, thousands of words, indeed.
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The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” isn’t exactly the sort of thing that someone who writes for a living feels really happy about, but when it comes to the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, while I would strongly recommend that you go see one right now, since you are looking at this, here is a picture:
Thousands of words, indeed.
One thing struck me when I had the RC 350. When approaching it in a parking lot—every time—I couldn’t help but think: “Damn, this is a good-looking car,” and smiled. While there is the undeniable shift to SUVs and crossovers, I wonder how many people have the same reaction when they see their utility. I’m guessing not many.
Realize, a utility has varying levels of utility, which generally means cargo capacity and an elevated ride height. The RC basically has nothing in the way of utility—it offers 10.4-cubic feet of cargo capacity and 82-cubic feet of passenger space (there is a vestigial rear seat) in its excellently appointed, if cosseting, cabin—and its ground clearance is 5.3 inches, so you’re not looking over the head of anything.
But the RC is a sports coupe. The RC is something that is designed with edges and creases and curves. It is smart. It is sassy. It is something that from a pragmatic point of view probably has no reason to exist.
Unless, of course, that reason is to make you feel glad about that car you have parked in your driveway.
Is it fast? Yes. Lexus estimates you’ll get from 0 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. Or, more relevant to know: you’ll be able to merge onto a freeway and find yourself unexpectedly much further ahead of the traffic you’re merging in with than you might have calculated.
The greasy bits:
311-hp, 280 lb-ft of torque 3.5-liter V6
Six-speed automatic transmission
19-inch alloy wheels
Double-wishbone front suspension with high-mount upper airs, coil springs, and gas-filled shocks; multi-link rear suspension with gas-filled shocks
Electronic power steering (speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion)
Welded steel unibody construction
The techy bits:
Lexus Safety System+ (Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, High Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Intelligent High-Beams)
Navigation System with 10.3 in color multimedia display
Electrochromic (auto-dimming), rearview mirror with HomeLink
The car as driven came in at just over $58,000 once things like delivery and a few options were added to the $52,400 MSRP. Given the extraordinary exterior, the overall solidity of the construction and the care and fitment of the interior, it is more than certainly worth it.
While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.
Airbags are seemingly everywhere on the interior of vehicles. But what about on the outside? One day we could see them there, too.
This is not a piece of modern art: Rather, it is an image from Blackmore Sensors and Analytics of Bozeman, Montana, micro-Doppler signatures of pedestrians (or maybe that’s a pedestrian, singular) walking (see it now?). Blackmore is a company that is developing FMCW lidar.