Lexus LC500

THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Wheels -

When the Lexus LF-LC Con­cept de­buted at the 2012 North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show, the press, loyal cus­tomers, and en­thu­si­asts won­dered if the con­cept’s ar­rest­ing styling and dra­matic pro­por­tions could ever evolve into a pro­duc­tion 2+2 coupe. To­day, four years af­ter the de­but of the break­through con­cept that in­spired it, Lexus has re­vealed the all-new LC 500 lux­ury coupe. This provoca­tive, ath­letic flag­ship coupe—makes the strong­est state­ment yet about the brand’s fu­ture prod­uct di­rec­tion.

Be­yond its styling and im­pact­ful per­for­mance, the new LC 500 serves as a sym­bol of the achieve­ment that can re­sult from height­ened col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing groups, and their com­mit­ment to help over­come each other’s hur­dles. When Akio Toy­oda chal­lenged th­ese de­vel­op­ment groups to pro­duce this spe­cial car, it meant sur­pass­ing many man­u­fac­tur­ing, de­sign, ma­te­rial, and dy­namic ob­sta­cles that could typ­i­cally com­pro­mise a ve­hi­cle’s tar­gets or de­sign vi­sion. The LC 500 was driven by a strong, ap­peal­ing fun­da­men­tal de­sign tar­get (LF-LC), and en­gi­neer­ing teams worked tire­lessly to find new so­lu­tions to main­tain as much of the con­cept in the pro­duc­tion car as pos­si­ble. Like­wise, ve­hi­cle de­sign­ers were very in­volved from the ear­li­est stages of the dy­namic de­vel­op­ment process to un­der­stand the en­gi­neer­ing tar­gets and col­lab­o­rate with de­sign view­points and po­ten­tial so­lu­tions. With LC 500, ad­di­tional lev­els of pro­to­type ve­hi­cle build also al­lowed both teams to bet­ter study de­sign or en­gi­neer­ing ideas and re­fine key el­e­ments. For the Lexus or­ga­ni­za­tion, the LC 500 pro­ject be­came much more than sim­ply the de­vel­op­ment of a new coupe. The LC 500, with the shift in en­gi­neer­ing pro­cesses and de­sign

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