Solid Sophisticate
CAR|April 2019
Solid Sophisticate

What the updated Lexus RC Coupé lacks in outright performance, it makes up for in sophistication

Ian Maclaren

FACTS and figures aside, one of the reasons the automotive world remains such an intriguing space is the unquantifiable levels of emotional attachment placed on everything; from a poster mounted on a bedroom or workshop wall, to a proposed purchase. While the Match-up boxes and comprehensive road test summaries featured elsewhere in this publication are there to assist with making a final decision on where to spend your hard-earned money, no amount of research or comparative fact-checking can replace the emotion of opening your garage door to the sight of a car that simply makes you feel great.

Long-time proponents of sensory appeal, Lexus may not sell a lot of cars monthly in South Africa. Yet, boasting a 70% retention rate of satisfied customers, you can be sure those who do opt for the badge denoting the luxury division of Toyota definitely enjoy opening their garage doors in the morning.

This is also likely the rationale behind keeping the midcycle updates granted to modern Lexus offerings like the striking RC Coupé subtle rather than radical.

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April 2019