Inspired by the acclaimed LF-LC concept that debuted in 2012, the Lexus LC represents a shift in Lexus’ engineering processes and design ideologies, and makes the strongest statement yet about the brand’s future product direction.
Alongside the provocative and athletic V8-powered LC 500 is the next generation hybrid model, the LC 500h, featuring a world first Multi Stage Hybrid System designed specifically for performance vehicles.
Combining avant garde elegance with dynamic coupe proportions, the LC’s seductive form symbolizes the heightened collaboration between design and engineering groups, while remaining true to the key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism of the award-winning LF-LC concept car that inspired it.
Visual appeal is defined by an athletic aerodynamic shape with sensuous curves and an optional flowing carbon-fiber roof, creating a low and wide imposing stance. A sweeping roofline tapering from the central position of the occupants creates a uniquely human-centered silhouette, while the LC’s outstanding driving dynamics are reflected in the addition of subtle yet functional aerodynamic measures.
The all-new interior design reflects the exterior design theme of dynamic luxury with a cabin combining all the elegance, quality and sophistication of a Lexus premium coupe with high driving pleasure and passenger comfort.
Lexus engineers put considerable effort into creating an engaging driver experience, focusing on details like the size and angle of the steering wheel, which features a change in cross-sectional shape throughout the rim circumference, allowing for improved grip, as well as larger magnesium alloy paddle shifters shaped for an easier and more positive finger action.
All information displays are arranged in order of importance in their proximity to the driver's sight line. The instrument binnacle itself houses a descendant of the LFA’s innovative driver's meter, and centre console featuring a next-generation touch pad for the Remote Touch Interface.
Throughout the new interior, the quality and finish of upholstery, leather centre console, stitched dash pad and Alcantara door trim reflect a level of Takumi craftsmanship and attention to detail for which Lexus is globally renowned.
The pursuit of a sharper, more refined driving experience in the LC became the mission for the development team who also sought to maintain that superior Lexus ride quality befitting a flagship luxury sport coupe.
The LC 500 features the proven, high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 found in the RC F and GS F. Selected for its smooth, linear throttle response and emotional engine sound, the V8 is an all-aluminum, 32 valve power plant with its dual intake inlet improving breathing, allowing the engine to produce its fantastic sound. Helping power transfer to the rear wheels is a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission with shift times rivaling those of a dual-clutch transmission.
The new Multi Stage Hybrid System powering the LC 500h marries all the elements of a traditional full hybrid power train – including a 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, a powerful electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to a rear-mounted 4-speed automatic gearbox. The electric motor responds more rapidly to throttle inputs than a conventional engine resulting in an exhilarating sub-5 second acceleration to 100 km/h.