The Lexus brand evolution has taken a big step forward with the arrival of the LC 500, its flagship luxury coupe that combines daring design, superb craftsmanship with leading edge engineering and technology.
Radical, yet elegant, the Lexus LC stands apart from other luxury coupes as a modern interpretation of the classic Grand Tourer. The two-door coupe is meticulously built in the same factory at Motomachi that created the LFA supercar, and using the acclaimed Takumi craftsmen.
Two powertrains are available; the LC 500 features a five litre, naturally aspirated, V8 engine whilst the LC 500h offers a sustainable alternative with a state-of-the-art hybrid powertrain.
“Lexus has once again demonstrated it has the confidence to produce brave uncompromised designs that are different from the conventional designs being adopted by competitors” said Paul Carroll, the Senior General Manager for Lexus New Zealand.
The LC showcases not only the qualities of brave design, Takumi craftsmanship, imaginative technology and exhilarating performance that define Lexus as a premium vehicle manufacturer, but also symbolises its ambition as a luxury lifestyle brand.
“The LC’s innovative styling combines ground-breaking technology with a rewarding, dynamic driving experience along with immaculate attention to detail inside the cabin,” said Mr Carroll.
Lexus is making the most of the five-litre, V8 growl. The 351 kW naturally-aspirated engine, with 540 Nm of torque, is a development of the engine used in the Lexus RC F and GS F at a time when many luxury coupes are turning to smaller turbo-charged engines. The V8 models come with a direct shift, close ratio 10-speed automatic transmission to achieve smooth linear acceleration – a world-first in premium vehicles.
“The Lexus LC isn’t simply a car that looks amazing. It has been expertly engineered in every dimension to deliver an amazing driving experience. If you are looking for a Grand Tourer you would be crazy not to have a look at the LC 500”
The LC luxury coupe starts at NZD$215,000.
For more infomation on this model, visit Lexus online.
Photography: John Stevenson-Galvin