Lexus a covet to LC 500
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.