FRONT ROW SEAT

LEXUS’S GROUND­BREAK­ING NEW FLAG­SHIP SPORTS CAR, THE 2018 LC500, IS BREATH­TAK­ING BOTH IN­SIDE AND OUT. HERE, TAKE ITS NEXT-GEN­ER­A­TION IN­TE­RIOR FOR A TEST-DRIVE.

Gotham - - Scene - BY NATE CHAPNICK

GAUGE CLUS­TER In­spired by Lexus’s LFA su­per­car, the cen­ter gauge ring [1] em­ploys thin-film tran­sis­tor (TFT) dis­play tech­nol­ogy and moves to the left and right while driv­ing. Metal­lic-trimmed ro­tary knobs [2] next to the steer­ing wheel pro­vide quick trac­tion con­trol and sus­pen­sion set­ting changes. Plus, the low in­stru­ment panel po­si­tion and low hood line [3] help give the driver a com­mand­ing view of the road, de­spite a very low, sporty seat­ing po­si­tion. STEER­ING WHEEL In ad­di­tion to a leather-stitched cen­ter cap [4], at­ten­tion to de­tail is on dis­play in the outer wheel [5], too, which fea­tures dif­fer­ent cir­cum­fer­ences and care­ful stitch­ing for the per­fect grip, al­low­ing the mag­ne­sium-al­loy pad­dle shifters [6] to fall read­ily into hand. DOOR PANEL The flow­ing lines of the door pan­els [7] add vis­ual depth and a sense of con­stant move­ment to the in­te­rior, while the metal­lic door han­dle [8] is per­fectly con­toured to the hand. CEN­TER CON­SOLE Em­bed­ding the 10.3-inch color screen [9] in the leather dash (at the level of the in­stru­ment clus­ter) while ex­tend­ing the cen­ter stack [10] to­ward the driver adds depth—a plus for er­gonomics and the driver’s sight lines. The screen re­sponds to the Re­mote Touch In­ter­face pad, dis­play­ing ev­ery­thing from nav­i­ga­tion in­struc­tions to Lexus’s En­form App Suite. In a nod to old-school luxury, Lexus added an el­e­gant ana­log time­piece [11] just to the right of the screen. LEATHER DE­TAIL­ING “Takumi” is the Ja­panese word for ar­ti­san, and Lexus’s takumi crafts­man­ship is on full dis­play in the metic­u­lously wrapped leather gearshift [12], the contrast stitch­ing just un­der­neath the mag­ne­sium-col­ored cli­mate con­trol but­tons [13], and the sculpted side bol­ster [14], which grad­u­ally rises to cre­ate a grab han­dle for pas­sen­gers and add an­other layer of depth to the in­te­rior de­sign. LOWER CON­SOLE Knurled seek­ing and tun­ing but­tons, as well as a gleam­ing vol­ume knob [15], make au­dio ad­just­ments pain­less. A high, well-padded arm­rest [16] is ideal for op­er­at­ing Lexus’s new Re­mote Touch In­ter­face pad, which un­der­stands ges­ture in­puts like swip­ing, tap­ping, and draw­ing when en­ter­ing var­i­ous in­fo­tain­ment com­mands.

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