I must admit that I used to view Lexus as a stodgy brand. Sure, they built luxurious cars that appealed to many people, but I always felt as if their designs were too bland and conservative.
Lexus has stepped up their game with the reveal of the all-new LC 500 luxury coupe. This new flagship coupe makes the strongest statement yet about Lexus’ future product direction.
The Lexus LC 500 shares many of the design elements, proportions, and visual dynamism of the LC-LF concept car that inspired it.
The LC 500’s athletic profile is characterized by its fast, sloped roof line, its wind-cutting silhouette, a long wheelbase, and low hood height. The LC 500’s front fascia features a powerful interpretation of Lexus’ distinctive grille, bordered by chrome on three sides and a radical new 3D mesh design. A rear diffuser and available active rear spoiler help manage airflow during performance driving. The car rides on machined cast aluminum 20-in. or available 21-in. forged aluminum wheels.
Power for the LC 500 is derived from a high-revving 5.0-liter V8 engine. The all-aluminum, 32-valve V8’s output targets 467 HP and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. Helping power transfer to the rear wheels is a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission—the first ever in a luxury automobile. This transmission is matched to a new electric control system with software that helps anticipate the driver’s inputs by monitoring acceleration, braking and lateral g forces. This drivetrain propels the Lexus LC 500 from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
Inside, the LC 500 continues the aggressive, performance-based design aesthetic. Lexus engineers put considerable effort into creating an engaging yet seductive atmosphere for the driver, focusing on details such as the size and angle of the steering wheel, the feel and positioning of magnesium alloy paddle shifters, and available supple leather and Alcantara seating surfaces. The front seats offer excellent support and comfort for long drives while available sport seats offer additional bolstering and lateral support during cornering.
Occupants also will be treated to an exceptional audio experience inside the cabin. In addition to the available audiophile-worthy Mark Levinson audio package, a new premium Pioneer audio system comes as standard equipment. Pioneer’s sound engineers worked in collaboration with LC 500 body and cabin designers to enhance interior sound performance within the cabin, studying the acoustic environment and driving structural changes to enhance sound performance.
The LC 500 also will boast Lexus’ renowned safety technology, Lexus Safety System + , which integrates several of Lexus’s active safety technologies: an All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (All-speed DRCC) that relieves stop-and-go traffic stress, the Pre-Collision System (PCS) helps prevent and mitigate collisions; Lane Keep Assist (LKA) helps prevent vehicles from departing from their lanes; and Automatic High Beam (AHB) that helps ensure optimal forward visibility during nighttime driving.
All of these features make the Lexus LC 500 an athletic, aerodynamic rear-wheel-drive coupe that marks the future of luxury performance.