Based on the 2012 LF-LC concept, the new LC luxury coupe has been unveiled by Lexus.
The LC is a new flagship 2+2 is described as a ‘contemporary interpretation’ of the finest traditions of the grand tourer, a coupe focused on the road, not the track.
Of the two models available, the LC 500h is the first to feature Lexus’ Multi Stage Hybrid System which gives much improved performance across the full range of engine speeds, a ‘more direct response to driver inputs' and a higher level of dynamic performance and driving pleasure, says Lexus - while maintaining efficiency that are characteristic of hybrids. Adding a multi stage shift device to the 3.5-litre V6 adds ‘greater torque, more usable power’.
The LC 500 will be available with a normally aspirated 477 PS, 5.0-litre V8 engine mated to a segment-first Direct Shift 10-speed automatic transmission, with gear ratios spaced to achieve smooth, ‘linear and rhythmical’ acceleration.
Styling wise, the luxury coupe’s profile is characterised by a sweeping roofline, which tapers rearwards, while chrome-plated mouldings along the side of the glass roof amplify the coupe profile, along with the blacked-out finish to the roof and rear pillars. This creates a floating roof effect that visually separates from the rear spoiler.
While sports suspension and 20-inch cast aluminium are standard, a Sport and Sport+ Package option adds a Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic composite roof, exclusive active rear spoiler and 20 and 21-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels.
Further specifications, and equipment details will be announced in 2017.