The “L”-shaped daytime running lights rest below a new — Triple LED headlamp unit specially designed to include one of the industry’s thinnest projectors to enable a low hood with a short front overhang. Functional venting also play into the LC 500’s exterior design to help improve aerodynamic stability and cooling. The car’s athletic profile is characterized by its fast, sloped roofline, its wind-cutting silhouette, a long 2,870 mm wheelbase with compact front 920 mm and rear 970mm overhangs and low hood height.
The sexy curves and flowing lines maintain a consistent tension in sheetmetal through to the rear end that features slimly designed, multi-layered tail lamps with a unique lighting effect that helps convey a sequential L motif. A rear diffuser and available active rear spoiler also help manage airflow during performance driving. It rides on machined cast aluminum 20-in. or available 21-in. forged aluminum wheels
At first glance, it becomes apparent that the engineering and design team’s collaboration was highly successful considering how much of the LF-LC’s design ideology the team was able to transfer into the new LC 500. The new production model shares many of the key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism of the concept car that inspired it. The LC 500’s visual appeal is defined by an athletic aerodynamic shape, with sensual curves, emotional forms, an available flowing carbon-fiber roof (glass roof standard), creating a low, wide imposing stance that come together for a highly functional, passionate package. The LC 500’s front fascia features a powerful interpretation of Lexus’ signature “spindle” grille, bordered by chrome on three sides and a radical new 3D mesh design that varies its visual tension.
The interior design of the LC 500 is influenced by the dynamic luxury theme of the exterior
with a layout that is both cockpit-focused and elegant. The coupe’s driving position was calibrated to
invite spirited, sporting driving, and help develop easier confidence with a more intuitive control layout.
In fact, for LC 500, the driver’s hip point was engineered to be as close as possible to the vehicle’s Cg
(Center of gravity) where feedback from the car is the most communicative to the driver. The front
seats offer excellent support and comfort for long drives while available sport seats offer additional
bolstering and lateral support during cornering. 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 LC 500’s exquisite door panels, center console and dash pad structures feature elements of Lexus’ world-renowned, detail-obsessed Takumi craftsmanship in their finish. “At an early stage, the designers collaborated with the engineers to understand their image for the LC 500’s driving dynamics, and they incorporated this into the design,” said Tadao Mori, the chief designer of the LC 500. “For example, we gave serious consideration to where the driver’s eyes would focus, and designed the surface shape in that area to help support a driver’s mindset. This project was one of the first time that designers were closely involved in the dynamic engineering development so we could understand the driving goals and support with the car’s design.”