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.”
The pursuit of fundamentals critical to realizing “Even Sharper, More Refined” driving performance, drove the development of an entirely new platform. It is the catalyst for the smooth linear steering, the feeling of connection with the vehicle in motion, and comfortable driving rhythm.
The LC’s exhilarating sports coupe performance is underpinned by active and passive safety measures that utilize advanced technologies to deepen your peace of mind.
LKA (Lane Keeping Assist)
LKA alerts the driver with a buzzer and on the multiinformation display if the system judges the vehicle is about to cross the lane markings without using the turn signals, and assists steering to help avoid lane departure.*1
AHB (Automatic High Beam System)
AHB helps safe driving at night by instantly switching from high to low beam when the lights of an oncoming vehicle, or the tail lights of a vehicle in front, are detected.*1
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
In addition to maintaining a constant speed, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses the radar and camera sensors to detect a vehicle driving ahead and maintain an appropriate distance between vehicles at all speeds.
Blind Spot Monitor System
When the quasi-millimeter-wave radars in the rear bumper detect vehicles in adjacent lanes that aren’t visible in the door mirrors, the system activates an LED warning indicator in the relevant door mirror the moment a vehicle enters this blind spot.
RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert)
To assist safe reversing, RCTA uses quasi-millimeter-wave radars in the rear bumper to detect approaching vehicles in difficultto- see areas behind the vehicle. When an approaching vehicle is detected, RCTA alerts the driver using a buzzer and an LED indicator in the relevant door mirror.
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