Lexus Releases New Gen LC500
The Lexus LC has been around since 2018. Revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, this gorgeous grand tourer is now on its 2021 model year, marking an evolution in the luxury motoring qualities of Lexus’ flagship coupe.One of the main changes implemented for the newest generation of the LC 500 coupe is weight savings. Overall, the car’s weight has been reduced by almost 10 kg, accomplished mainly with changes to the suspension, including the use of aluminum lower arms, and lighter, hollow anti-roll bars. The 21-inch forged alloy wheels also have a lighter construction than previous models.
Other than weight savings, another focus was on updating the suspension for a smoother, softer ride to give the driver a stronger feel of the road. According to Lexus’ press release, “the electronic front shock absorber controls were adjusted to give a longer stroke, and bound stopper rigidity was optimised to help create a smoother suspension stroke overall. Rear anti-roll bar rigidity was increased to improve front turn-in performance and provide more linear steering input, again helping make the driver feel more connected to the road.”
“For better vehicle control in mid to high-speed ranges, the LC’s Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) has gained a new Active Cornering Assist (ACA) function. This helps control cornering by providing braking to the inner wheels in line with lateral vehicle acceleration experienced when higher G-forces are generated in spirited driving.”
The LC coupe’s overall design has also been updated. Some of the changes include the spindle grille that extends across the front of the car, a large glass panel, and blacked-out rear pillars create the effect of a floating roof, while chrome moldings “echo the curving lines of the traditional Japanese katana sword.”
The rear light clusters have also been revamped, their night-time illumination signature inspired by “the afterburners of a jet”. At the front fascia, the ultra-compact triple-LED units give the coupe a rather menacing look, and they are half the size of conventional headlights.
The newest generation Lexus LC comes in 10 different body color options, including Blazing Carnelian, new for the 2021 model year, and Terrane Khaki, which was previously reserved for the LC Limited Edition.
Other shades include F White, Dark Grey, Sonic Silver, Sonic Titanium, Solid Black, Radiant Red, Flare Yellow and Deep Blue.
The LC 500 is equipped with a V8 engine that makes around 355 horsepower, and can move the car from a complete standstill to 100 kilometers per hour in less than 4.7 seconds.
The 5.0 liter V8 engine comes mated with a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission.
The LC’s multimedia features are mainly controlled via a 10.3-inch high-resolution screen with a split-screen capability that allows different functions, including audio and climate controls, to be viewed and operated simultaneously. This infotainment system also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
All LC 500 and 500h models are equipped with Lexus Safety System+ as standard. This includes Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam. Further safeguards against common collision risks include a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Although the Lexus LC 500 will be available to order starting June, pricing hs not been revealed yet.