In the market for a luxury coupe in Nashville? If so, then you have choices. Two of those are the 2016 Lexus RC 200t and the 2016 BMW 4 Series Coupe 428i. Both Lexus and BMW have reputations for designing powerful, performance-oriented cars that offer outstanding handling, but which is the right choice for you? You’ll need to compare your options before you make a choice.
What’s Changed for the New Model Year?
Both the RC 200t and the MBW 4 Series 428i received updates for the new model year. The Lexus actually debuted the RC 200t for the first time in 2016, making this an all new model for the RC family. Performance dampers are standard features on this model as well, and the Lexus Enform Service Connect suite is also a standard feature.
The BMW gained a few features this year as well. For instance, 18-inch wheels are now standard. However, only certain models received the new sport seats (not the 428i) and the upgraded audio system.
The RC 200t is a sleek coup with a massive front grille and an aggressive stance that evokes power and performance. The body is sleekly curved for better aerodynamics, and the overall aesthetic is one of precision and power. In contrast, the 4 Series coupe is a little more staid. The grille is small and split in two, and the body is wider, without the curves that mark the Lexus.
Both the RC 200t and the BMW 4 Series Coupe 428i feature high quality leather interior, but the RC manages to edge out the BMW in terms of layout and design, particularly since the 428i didn’t receive the upgraded instrument cluster that was ushered in for other trims in the 4 Series. With that being said, it is a spacious car (the Lexus is just as roomy).
Under the Hood
Powering the 200t, you’ll find a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine. It produces 241 horsepower, and features an 8-speed automatic transmission. Notably, this is a rear-wheel drive configuration. Under the hood of the 428i, you’ll find a similar 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, but it produces only 240 hp and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The BWM offers 23 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, while the Lexus delivers 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
One of the high points for the 2016 Lexus RC 200t is its performance. The handling is superb, and the car can take corners very well. The power is more than ample, and the ride quality is one of the best in the segment. The BMW 4 Series 428i does deliver good handling, but it lacks a little of the power found with the stronger engine in the Lexus.
We invite you to visit us at Lexus of Nashville to see just why the Lexus RC 200t should be your next purchase if you’re shopping for a luxury coupe.