New Lexus LC a dynamic lux­ury coupé in ev­ery as­pect

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LEXUS is Toy­ota’s lux­ury brand and buy­ers of both have al­ways found com­fort in these Ja­panese brands’ rep­u­ta­tion for solid re­li­a­bil­ity rather than tar-melt­ing per­for­mance.

Akio Toy­oda, Toy­ota pres­i­dent and CEO (and great-grand­son of the com­pany’s founder, Ki­ichiro Toy­oda), has taken it on him­self to change the de­sign cul­ture at the world’s big­gest car seller to make the car also fun to drive.

This mis­sion started with Lexus and, in the LC coupé, Akio-san may just have de­liv­ered a lux­ury coupé that lives up to ev­ery as­pect of the fun to drive mis­sion.

Lexus said in a state­ment that the new LC lux­ury coupé will be its global flag­ship to show the brand’s qual­i­ties of de­sign, beauty, en­gi­neer­ing and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy that de­fine it as a pre­mium ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer, but also sym­bol­ise its ambition as a lux­ury life­style brand.

The LC is built at Lexus’ Mo­tomachi plant, fa­mously home to pro­duc­tion of the hand-crafted LFA su­per­car.

The LC’s ex­te­rior de­sign is im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able as be­ing a mas­ter­ful rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the styling of the LF-LC con­cept, win­ner of an Eyes-On De­sign award when first re­vealed at the 2012 North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Detroit.

The pro­duc­tion LC pre­served the con­cept LF-LC’s low roof and hood lines, while en­sur­ing the pack­ag­ing al­lowed the LC to match the con­cept in ac­com­mo­dat­ing a sport sus­pen­sion and 21-inch forged al­loy wheels.

The teams had the benefit of work­ing on a com­pletely new GA-L (Global Ar­chi­tec­ture — Lux­ury) plat­form, de­signed for new gen­er­a­tions of front-en­gine/ rear-wheel drive Lexus mod­els.

Un­der the hood lurks a 5,0 litre nor­mally as­pi­rated V8 petrol en­gine, gen­er­at­ing a max­i­mum out­put of 351 kW, matched to a new close-ra­tio Di­rect Shift 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, which is a first for a pre­mium pas­sen­ger car.

PHOTO: LEXUS

The Lexus LC500 goes on sale in SA in about June 2017, with pric­ing to be con­firmed closer to the time.

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