The introduction of the new LC luxury coupe is a significant illustration of Lexus’ dedication to create cars with exciting, emotional designs and exhilarating performance, the manufacturer said.
Brian Joss – Now Lexus is building on its established strengths, and evolving its reputation for a rational approach to vehicle development, to explore new opportunities in design and technology that reshape its model range.
The change is being led by Akio Toyoda, who in taking on the roles of Lexus’ Chief Branding Officer and master driver has given the business more freedom and autonomy and the confidence to be daring.
Lexus has succeeded in turning its LF-LC concept into an uncompromised production car – less than five years after its unveiling to critical acclaim.
The LC is a new flagship 2+2 luxury coupe for Lexus’s global model range, not only showcasing the qualities of design, beauty, engineering and advanced technology that define it as a premium vehicle manufacturer, but also symbolising its ambition as a luxury lifestyle brand.
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 LC 500 is powered by Lexus’5-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 – a first for a premium passenger car.
The LC is built at Lexus’ Motomachi plant, famously home to production of the hand-crafted LFA supercar. The factory’s layout and its facilities have been tailored to the production of the LC, to ensure the highest quality levels.
The svelte LC500 will make its South African debut mid-2017.