Lexus a covet to LC 500

NZ Autocar - - Fyi -

Lexus kept the coupe theme rolling at Detroit by re­veal­ing its new LC 500 halo model. The 2+2 coupe is the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the LFLC that all you Lexus fan boys (and girls) will re­mem­ber from the 2012 show. The com­pany did well to turn much of the con­cept design into a show­room re­al­ity as the LC looks stun­ning. It is said that the boss, Akio Toy­oda, made the design and en­gi­neer­ing groups work more closely than ever be­fore to achieve this. Guess we can as­sume the new LS will look much like the LF-FC con­cept then. Here’s hop­ing.

The LC uses Toy­ota’s new rear-wheel-drive plat­form (Global Ar­chi­tec­ture Lux­ury or GA-L) with plenty of high strength steels and alu­minium body pan­els to go with all the al­loy sus­pen­sion com­po­nents. The LC is said to be the most rigid Lexus ever, stiffer even than the LFA. The new coupe is 4760mm long and 1920mm wide, with a slightly longer wheel­base than the cur­rent GS sedan.

Pow­ered by the same nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 5.0-litre V8 as that used by the RC F, it sends 351kW to the rear wheels but in­stead of a mere eight gears, the LC gets a new ten-speed shifter. Lexus says its new torque con­ver­tor auto can swap gears as quickly as a dual-clutch box, but then they all say that. With a new in­ter­nal design and bits like alu­minium gear sets and a smaller torque con­ver­tor, it’s said to be lighter and more com­pact than the com­pany’s cur­rent eight-speed unit. Lexus reckon the LC is good for a 0-100km/h time of around 4.5sec.

The com­pany claims a 52/48 front/rear weight dis­tri­bu­tion with the V8 sit­ting in the front-amid­ships po­si­tion and the driver is said to be lo­cated as close as pos­si­ble to the ve­hi­cle’s cen­tre of grav­ity. It’s also claimed Lexus spent three times as long as usual mas­sag­ing the steer­ing and han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics of the car to en­sure it de­liv­ers a sat­is­fy­ing driver ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lexus is not aban­don­ing its key char­ac­ter­is­tic of re­fined lux­ury how­ever and the in­te­rior is wrapped in Al­can­tara and leather. The cabin has many in­ter­est­ing design cues, and looks much cleaner than the cur­rent mod­els, also fronting with a new me­dia sys­tem. The LC is said to be a new be­gin­ning for the brand with Toy­oda stat­ing; “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 brands' emo­tional di­rec­tion, and will grow the Lexus lux­ury ap­peal glob­ally.”

You can ex­pect it here in New Zealand at some point, with tim­ings and prices to be an­nounced.

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