(Click here to view 2017 Lexus LC500 & LC500h Press Kit)
Lexus has conspicuously advanced its brand evolution with the arrival of its flagship LC luxury coupe featuring avant-garde styling, superb craftsmanship and ground-breaking engineering and technology.
A contemporary interpretation of the finest traditions of the grand tourer, the LC represents a remarkable transformation of the acclaimed LF-LC concept into an uncompromised production car with a distinctive athletic profile.
Unprecedented collaboration between design and engineering teams has resulted in a stunning 2+2 coupe in which every aspect of performance, responsiveness and comfort has been honed to deliver a rewarding and hugely enjoyable driving experience.
The dynamic luxury theme of the LC's radical yet elegant exterior is carried through to the luxurious cabin with a driver-focused cockpit and appointments that exude sophistication, luxury and intricate attention to detail.
Many of the Takumi and skilled workers who built the LFA supercar transferred to the LC project, with their precision approach enhancing both the intricate details of its fittings and finishes and also in the way the car rides and performs.
A new GA-L (Global Architecture - Luxury) platform is pivotal to the new LC's dynamic performance, preserving the LF-LC's defining low roof and bonnet lines while enabling a low centre of gravity and highly rigid body. The LC is the most torsionally rigid Lexus ever built.
Advanced materials and fabrication techniques used in the LFA supercar - including ultra-high-tensile steels, aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic - ensure an optimum combination of strength, light weight and balanced front-rear weight distribution.
Lexus offers customers two unique Euro 6-compliant powertrains that transform the driving experience and produce rapid, rhythmic and linear acceleration: the latest development of the company's naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine in the LC 500 and the revolutionary performance-oriented Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System in the LC 500h.
The high-revving V8, featuring direct injection and an exhilarating exhaust note, is matched to the world's first 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission for a premium car, delivering maximum power of 351kW @ 7100rpm and peak torque of 540Nm @ 4,800rpm.
The hybrid-powered LC 500h delivers combined output of 264kW from its 348Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, 300Nm motor generator and compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery - the first of its kind in a Lexus.
It is the first model to benefit from a 10-ratio multi-stage shift device that advances the smoothness, efficiency and environmental performance for which Lexus is renowned, sipping just 6.7 litres/100km* compared with an impressive 11.6 litres/100km for the V8*.
Lexus chief executive Peter McGregor said the new LC advances Lexus as a luxury lifestyle brand dedicated to creating cars with exciting, emotional designs and exhilarating performance.
"The LC demonstrates that Lexus has the freedom and confidence to be daring with its cutting-edge design and a contemporary approach to luxury based on master craftsmanship," Mr McGregor said.
"The V8 complements the finely tuned handling qualities of the coupe's chassis by delivering the acceleration, responsiveness and high output customers expect," he said.
"The LC 500h will change the perception of hybrids with much improved performance, greater responsiveness and a higher level of dynamic performance and driving pleasure."
Longer, wider and lower than the Lexus RC F, the eagerly awaited LC luxury coupe will be launched with equally keen pricing at $190,000# for both the V8 and full hybrid versions.
Standard features include full LED lighting, glass panoramic roof, flush door handles, large colour head-up display, two-zone climate control, new adaptive variable multi-link front and rear sports suspension and 21-inch forged alloy wheels with run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
A luxurious interior presents semi-aniline leather-accented upholstery, a single instrument dial with an eight-inch multi-information display, heated and ventilated front seats with 12-way power adjustment and memory function, sports pedals, magnesium alloy paddle shifters, six drive modes, and stainless steel scuff plates.
The LC debuts the latest Lexus audio and multimedia system with a 10.3-inch display, enhanced voice recognition, satellite navigation with SUNA Live Traffic, Lexus Enform connected mobility and, with compatible smartphones, Siri Eyes Free and Miracast.
A bespoke Mark Levinson premium sound system was developed by specialists who measured sound frequencies throughout the cabin to determine the precise locations of the 918-watt system's 13 speakers.
As a complementary measure, the introduction of active noise control quietens the cabin by detecting the sound of the engine coming into the vehicle and cancelling certain frequencies, using antiphase sound from the audio speakers.
New seats, with advanced construction techniques for optimum support and dispersal of pressure, were developed through an exhaustive 50 test cycles over two years.
The ideal grip of the 365mm diameter steering wheel - the smallest in the Lexus range - was designed by Takumi craftsmen. The shift lever also benefits from a Takumi-developed in-stitch technique, slightly recessed metal surfaces and an incredibly small 2mm sewing margin.
Every LC is also equipped with Lexus Safety System+, featuring Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collison Safety System, Lane Keep Assist, Sway Warning and Automatic High Beam, plus a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, reversing camera, eight airbags and tyre-pressure monitor.
Other advanced technology includes Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management that integrates stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, electric power steering and other systems.
A four-point pop-up bonnet has been newly developed for Lexus to maintain a sleek, sporty bonnet profile while offering improved pedestrian protection in the event of an impact.
Customers who wish to add an extra performance focus can select a $15,000# enhancement pack featuring Lexus Dynamic Handling with technologies that incorporate four-wheel steering and variable gear ratio steering.
The pack includes an active rear spoiler that deploys automatically at 80km/h to manage airflow during performance driving, a carbon-fibre roof (in place of the glass roof), combination leather-accented and Alcantara upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable sports front seats and carbon-fibre scuff plates. The LC 500h also gains a limited-slip differential, which is standard on the V8.
*Achieved in test conditions. Actual fuel consumption and emissions may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined (L/100km).
#Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
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