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

Michigan Avenue - - CONTENTS - BY NATE CHAPNICK

Lexus’s new 2018 LC500 is ground­break­ing both in­side and out. Here, a test-drive of its next-gen in­te­rior.

GAUGE CLUS­TER

In­spired by the de­sign of Lexus’s LFA su­per­car, the LC500’S cen­ter gauge ring [1] em­ploys thin-film tran­sis­tor (TFT) dis­play tech­nol­ogy and moves to the left and right while driv­ing. Me­tal­lictrimmed ro­tary knobs [2] next to the steer­ing wheel pro­vide quick trac­tion con­trol and sus­pen­sion set­ting changes. Plus, the low in­stru­ment panel po­si­tion and hood line [3] help give the driver a com­mand­ing view of the road, de­spite lowto-the-road, sporty seat­ing.

STEER­ING WHEEL

At­ten­tion to de­tail is on dis­play with the leather­stitched cen­ter cap [4] as well as the outer wheel [5], which fea­tures dif­fer­ent cir­cum­fer­ences and care­ful stitch­ing for the per­fect grip, al­low­ing the mag­ne­siu­mal­loy pad­dle shifters [6] to fall read­ily into hand.

DOOR PANEL

The flow­ing lines of the doors [7] add vis­ual depth and a sense of move­ment to the in­te­rior, while the 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 also 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 adds an­other layer of depth to the in­te­rior de­sign.

LOWER CON­SOLE

Knurled seek­ing and tun­ing but­tons, plus a gleam­ing vol­ume knob [15], make au­dio ad­just­ments pain­less. A high, padded arm­rest

[16] is ideal for op­er­at­ing Lexus’s new Re­mote Touch In­ter­face pad [17], which un­der­stands ges­tures like swip­ing, tap­ping, and draw­ing when en­ter­ing in­fo­tain­ment com­mands. Mcgrath Lexus of Chicago, 1250 W. Di­vi­sion St., 855659-5629; mc­grath­lexus ofchicago.com

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