Lexus RC 350 0-60 times

Out of all performance specs, nothing but Lexus RC 350 0-60 times can better speak about the vehicle's temper. While horsepower and torque blow smoke in the eyes, RC 350 zero to sixty specs and average time to run a quarter mile are pretty straightforward metrics allowing to compare against its competitors.

Very often there is no chance of doing RC 350 0-to-60 test personally and making conclusions from the experience of the other drivers is the last thing you want.

Conducting a trustworthy test drive requires following a strict methodology that is intended to eliminate the inconsistent circumstances like weather, tires, surface, engine temperature. It is always better to leave it for professionals.

Increase Horsepower

The cold air part is also important in making more power. Cold air is denser and contains more oxygen molecules than warm air does. So if you can get cooler air into your Lexus RC 350 engine, your car will be able to mix more fuel with that air, making more power. Combine that with the more air through the larger and less restrictive filter and intake tube and you can see up to a 15-20 horsepower increase. K&N has even reported an estimated increase of 56.96 horsepower out of the 57-2571 intake for 2007-2009 Shelby GT500!

2021 Lexus RC 350 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile

2020 Lexus RC 350 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile

2019 Lexus RC 350 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile

2018 Lexus RC 350 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Base 2dr All-wheel Drive Coupe
5.4 sec, 13.9 @ 104
Base 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 101

2017 Lexus RC 350 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Base 2dr All-wheel Drive Coupe
306 Hp, 277 Lb-Ft., 3891 Weight, 19 City / 26 Hwy mpg
5.4 sec, 13.9 @ 104
Base 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe
306 Hp, 277 Lb-Ft., 3748 Weight, 19 City / 28 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 101

Car And Driver Results

Zero to 60 mph 5.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph 14.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph 25.9 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph 6.1 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph 3.4 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph 4.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile 14.2 sec @ 101 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.88 g
Source: С&D

Lexus RC 350 0-60 mph acceleration across years

Year of a Model0-60 times1/4 mile times

5.4 - 5.7 sec

13.9 @ 104 - 14.3 @ 101 mph

5.4 - 5.7 sec

13.9 @ 104 - 14.3 @ 101 mph

5.7 sec

14.2 @ 102 mph

5.4 - 5.7 sec

13.9 @ 101 - 14.3 @ 100 mph

The Lexus RC is a natural consequence to the Lexus rejuvenation. The Japanese manufacturer wanted to attract younger customers to their line-up and a striking coupe certainly fits that bill well.

The Lexus RC-350 is not just an attractive vehicle – it’s a real head turner. It’s based on a mash-up between the IS and GS and is equipped with several different engine, transmission and powertrain options.

Perhaps the most interesting for younger buyers will be the RC-350, aside from the V8 RC-F, that can be viewed as an altogether different vehicle.


Lexus RC-350 0-60 and Quarter Mile

The Lexus RC-350 is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 311 horsepower to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. An all-wheel-drive model is optional, but that one sends the power via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Because of that, the rear-wheel-drive version is the one to get – it’s not just more fun to drive, but it’s quicker and faster as well. In numbers, the RWD Lexus RC-350 gets to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, while the AWD one gets there 0.2 seconds later. The difference widens the more you press on – the RWD model can go up to 143 mph, while the AWD one stops at 130 mph.

There is a difference in how both cars drive as well. The AWD one has a slow-to-shift transmission, while the RWD one has a faster gearbox with a choice between Normal, Sport and Manual shifts via paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

Both models are behind the competitors when it comes to performance. The reason is the heavy body – the RC is one of the heaviest coupes out there.

This doesn’t affect the way it drives though. The RC-350 offers the ride quality you’d expect from a Lexus, while also being good on twisty roads as well. The steering is nicely-weighted and quick to respond, giving the driver a good amount of control over the vehicle.

F Sport models are even better to drive, thanks to an upgraded suspension, rear-wheel-steering and variable-ratio-steering, all of them sharpening the reflexes of the car. This trim also comes with a Sport+ mode that makes the engine more responsive as well. The great thing about the F Sport trim is that it doesn’t spoil the ride quality, even though it’s a bit firmer.


Exterior & Interior

If you want a conservative or elegant-looking coupe, the Lexus RC is certainly not for you. It’s striking and aggressive from almost every angle. This is especially true for the front end, which looks downright menacing thanks to the wide-open spindle grille and sharp headlights. The F Sport model looks even more aggressive and is a real head-turner.

Inside, the RC has an interesting dash design, reminiscent of the one in the IS and LF-A. The materials are of a high quality and the fit and finish are top-notch, as expected from a Lexus. Atop the dash, there’s a new 10.25-inch screen that houses the infotainment system. It’s not a touchscreen, however – this one is controlled via a touchpad - not a very happy solution when driving.



If you want the best possible performance from your next coupe, the RC-350 may not be the best choice for you, as it is heavy and doesn’t accelerate with the same ferocity its German competitors do. That being said, the RC-350 is still a great vehicle for those who value style and comfort, with a bit of driving enjoyment thrown in.

Reviewed by Ivo Gievski

Lexus RC 350 specs