The new facelifted Lexus RC coupe has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. 

Visual changes aren’t dramatic but the RC has been freshened up with a re-profiled front bumper, a new mesh grille and updated LED headlamps with a new lighting signature. Additionally, a total of 11 exterior paint finishes are now available.

Lexus has also been busy inside adding brushed aluminium to the centre console and dash, while leather padding has been added the transmission tunnel for greater passenger comfort.

Racy RC F Sport models get larger 19-inch alloy wheels, while unique interior colour combinations will also be offered.

Lexus also says the updated RC has a ‘more stable ride quality’ and ‘sharper handling characteristics’. It has been achieved, says the Japanese firm, by fitting new shock absorbers, stiffer suspension and improving the steering response.

Engines option remain unchanged meaning buyers have the choice between the RC 200t, which uses a tweaked 2.0-litre turbocharged engine for better throttle response, and the 300h powered by a 2.5-litre hybrid electric powertrain.

Later down the line it’s expected that Lexus will launch an updated and more powerful RC F using the firm’s 5.0-litre V8 engine.

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