The designers and engineers of Lexus – the luxury vehicle division of Japanese car maker Toyota – worked in lock-step throughout development of LC 500/500h to ensure that every component works together. From the all-new rear wheel drive platform to the available 471 HP gas engine and 10-speed automatic transmission – a world’s first in a luxury vehicle – to the wind-cheating chassis and low profile tyres, everything serves to ensure that every drive is nothing short of amazing. Read on to find how the two coupés by Lexus, LC 500/500h, provide a luxury experience like no other.
With a long, 2,870 mm wheelbase – compact 920 mm front and 970 mm rear overhangs – and a notably low hood, LC’s athletic profile is set off by a sweeping roofline, sensual curves, and wind-cutting silhouette. The muscular wheel arches emphasise LC’s imposing stance. Large 20” or 21” wheels are pushed to the corners to reduce overhang and increase control. LC also has unique lighting signature that makes an impression in the form of multi-layered LED rear tail lamps that light sequentially to create a unique three-dimensional L motif.
LC’s dynamic performance starts with its all-new premium rear-wheel drive platform. The ultra-low centre of gravity and near perfect front-to-rear weight distribution set the stage for a significantly sharper, yet exceptionally refined driving experience.
LC’s chassis is a fusion of lightweight yet high-strength materials – including extensive use of super high tensile steel and carbon fibre with the strength of steel. The result is the stiffest unibody Lexus has ever produced. And a vehicle that responds swiftly and surely to your every command and every twist in the road.
LC 500’s 10-speed automatic – the first ever in a luxury automobile – delivers shift times rivalling those of a double-clutch transmission. On the LC 500h, a special “M” Mode enables direct gear shifts for the most responsive drive yet from a Lexus hybrid.
The 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multi-information display provides immediate, simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems including Navigation. The new display offers a full-screen map for added convenience. The system also greets you with a customizable image when the ignition button is pressed. The voice-activated Navigation System can map millions of points of interest across the country and can display information in English, French or Spanish. And, in addition to offering up-to-date traffic and weather information, 3D city views, and simulated views of approaching highway junctions, it displays the current speed limit and can automatically identify nearby gas stations if you begin to run low on fuel.
LC’s cabin is designed for driving pleasure and luxurious comfort. The cockpit is an invitation to high-spirited driving. Passengers relax in an environment that combines elegance and sophistication - including hand-stitched leather or Alcantara upholstery. Just one of many reflections of the Takumi craftsmanship for which Lexus is globally renowned. – Source: Lexus