New Lexus LC a dynamic luxury coupé in every aspect
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.
The Lexus LC500 goes on sale in SA in about June 2017, with pricing to be confirmed closer to the time.