Four years ago, at the North American International Auto Show, Lexus unveiled the LF-LC, a sporty two-door concept model that signaled a major shift in the way we approach the design and making of our cars. Now we’re back with a concept-to-production model that redefines the luxury sports coupe segment. Introducing the LC 500.
It’s a rare occurrence when a car manufacturer develops a concept model into a production vehicle with its form virtually unchanged, but that’s exactly what Lexus did when it unveiled the LC 500 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) earlier this year. Based on the LF-LC, a show car that was first introduced in 2012, the LC 500 is the latest representation of Lexus’ evolution in both emotional styling and dynamic driving. Akio Toyoda, chief branding officer and master driver, is leading this global transformation, personally encouraging the collaboration between design, engineering, and marketing teams.
“The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally,” Akio says. “A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design, and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow Lexus’ appeal globally.”
The term showstopper barely alludes to the LC 500’s presence at this year’s show. More than a thousand journalists gathered for the Lexus press conference to witness firsthand its unveiling. The car was honored by the prestigious EyesOn Design awards at NAIAS, taking home prizes for best production car and best interior, making it the only car this year to win two awards. It also marks the first time in history that the same car has taken home awards for both best production car (2016) and best concept car (the LF-LC took that prize in 2012).
That the LC 500 shares many of the design cues of the LF-LC is obvious at first glance. To be able to bring the concept car, essentially a design study, to a near-replica production model is a remarkable feat, and it represents a heightened relationship between design and engineering groups, who have worked to overcome each other’s hurdles. The sporty coupe’s visual appeal is defined by a low hood, provocative curves, a flowing carbon-fiber roof, and a low, wide stance. The front fascia is highlighted by a powerful interpretation of Lexus’ signature grille, bordered by chrome on three sides and featuring a radical new mesh design that varies its visual tension. Curves and flowing lines are consistent throughout the sheet metal, including a rear end that features slim taillights in the form of a sequential L motif.
THE LC500 HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT PRODUCT FOR LEXUS AND ME PERSONALLY...AKIO TOYODA
The interior of the LC 500 matches the elegance of the exterior, featuring materials such as the high-quality fabric Alcantara and a striking dashboard. The driver’s seat is sporty and dramatic; hip and heel points have been lowered, so feedback is more communicative. Lexus engineers put considerable effort into creating an engaging driving experience, focussing on details such as the size and angle of the steering wheel, which features a change in cross-sectional shape throughout the rim circumference. One automobile journalist wrote that Lexus had “won the Detroit Motor Show with its new flagship coupe.” Safe to say, then, that when the model is introduced to the public in 2017, it will make the strongest statement yet about the brand’s future product direction.
FRONT AND CENTER
The familiar spindle shape is evident in both the front and rear of the LC 500. The centerpiece of the attractive face is a powerful interpretation of Lexus’ signature spindle grille that features a new, striking form. Multilayered tail lamps with a unique lighting effect highlight the rear end.
BEST IN CLASS
The LC 500 redefines the luxury coupe segment. With the stiffest chassis Lexus has ever produced, and the potent high-revving 5.0-liter V8 engine under its hood, the model will deliver excellent handling character and plenty of power on a rural tour, yet offers the smoothness and civility of a true luxury car when cruising on the open highway.
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ON THE INSIDE
The interior styling of the LC 500 is influenced by the exterior’s theme of dynamic luxury. The model’s engineers focused on creating a thrilling and engaging experience for the driver, yet an elegant and welcoming environment for the passenger.
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Lexus LC 500
- 4,760 mm
- 1,345 mm
- 2,870 mm
- Seating Capacity
- Driven Wheels
- Rear Wheel Drive
- 467 HP@7,100
- 389 lb-ft@4800
- 10 speed Automatic
- Fr/Rr OVERHANG
- Fr: 920mm, Rr: 970mm
- WHEEL SIZE (Fr and Rr)
- 21 inches
- Fr 245/40 RF21 Rr: 275/35 RF21
- 0-60 MPH
- Under 4.5 seconds