The Lexus LC (Japanese: レクサス・LC, Rekusasu LC) is a grand tourer manufactured by Lexus, Toyota's luxury division. Based on the 2012 LF-LC Concept, it was revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It replaced the SC, which was produced from 1991 to 2010. It is the first Lexus model to utilize the GA-L platform, which, along with other components, is shared with the full-size LS 500 sedan.
|Lexus LC (Z100)|
2019 Lexus LC 500 (URZ100)
|Production||March 2017 – present|
|Assembly||Japan: Motomachi, Toyota, Aichi (Motomachi plant)|
|Body and chassis|
|Related||Lexus LS (XF50)|
|Electric motor||132 kW (177 hp; 179 PS) 2NM AC synchronous (LC 500h)|
|Wheelbase||2,870 mm (113.0 in)|
|Length||4,760 mm (187.4 in)|
|Width||1,920 mm (75.6 in)|
|Height||1,345 mm (53.0 in)|
|Curb weight||1,941–2,012 kg (4,280–4,435 lb)|
The LC was developed under the program codename "950A" from 2011 to 2016. It was previewed by the LF-LC Concept, which was designed at Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California. The concept vehicle was revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Design work was later transferred from Calty to Toyota Technical Centre in Aichi, Japan in January 2013, with a final production design freeze in the first half of 2014.
Four years after the concept's debut, the production model, dubbed LC 500, was introduced in January 2016 at the same venue. It shares the same 5.0-litre 2UR-GSE V8 engine with the RC F and GS F with power slightly increased to 351 kW; 471 hp; 478 PS. It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
A hybrid-electric model, dubbed LC 500h, was revealed in Geneva in February 2016. It is powered by a 3.5-litre 8GR-FXS V6 engine, a hybrid transmission, and a lithium-ion battery pack with a combined 264 kW; 354 hp; 359 PS output at 6,600 rpm, and an estimated 500 N⋅m (370 lb⋅ft) of combined torque at 3000 rpm. The battery has 44 kW and 1.1 kWh and can power the car for 6 km (4 miles).
The LC is built at Toyota's Motomachi facility, the same plant that produced the LFA. The factory was reconfigured for LC production, which included finishing the entire facility's interior in white. Many of the "Takumi" master craftsmen who built the LFA continue their work on different areas of the LC, including carbon fibre parts, leatherwork and paint. Series production commenced in March 2017, with the first example completed in April 23, 2017.
The LC Convertible Concept is based on the LC. It has 22-inch wheels and white leather trim with gold accent stitching. Tadao Mori was the Chief Designer. It weighed more than the LC coupé, therefore the top speed and acceleration times dropped slightly.
Lexus LC Convertible Concept at 2019 Geneva Motor Show
The LC 500 Convertible, based on the concept car, was unveiled at the LA Auto Show on November 20, 2019. Its four-layer soft top roof can be operated at speeds of up to 50 km/h (30 mph). Its features include a transparent polycarbonate wind deflector, neck heaters, and Active Noise Control (ANC) technology.
The LC retained the overall design of the concept model. It has a variant of Lexus' corporate "spindle" grille with a gradient pattern; a tightly compressed mesh at the top transitions to a wider diamond at the bottom. However, unlike other vehicles in the lineup, the top of the spindle grille does not have a chrome surround. The compact LED triple-projector headlight is in the small overhang between the bumper and wheels.
The LC is the first vehicle to use Lexus' front-engine, rear-wheel drive platform, dubbed "Global Architecture – Luxury" (GA-L). It consists of various materials, including high-strength steel, aluminium, and carbon fibre. The GA-L platform will underpin future rear-wheel drive models, including the Lexus LS 500, which was introduced in January 2017. The platform is designed to provide lower overall mass, improved front/rear weight distribution, and a low center of gravity. Run-flat tires are also used to avoid the need for a spare, and the vehicle battery has been relocated to the trunk to improve weight distribution.
The suspension is a double-joint multi-link suspension with a forged aluminium upper arm is secured at two points, which ensures all movements are mirrored from the lower arm. The double-joint design reduces the necessary height of the suspension system, as placement is lower than a traditional single-joint setup.
The LC 500 is powered by a 2UR-GSE 5.0-litre V8 engine which is an updated version of the engine found in the RC F and GS F. It uses D-4S direct and port fuel injection, Atkinson cycle operation and VVT-i. The engine produces 351 kW (471 hp; 477 PS) at 7,100 rpm and 540 N⋅m (400 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,800 rpm and is mated to a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission.
The LC 500h employs a hybrid powertrain, known as the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid system. It consists of a 3.5-litre 8GR-FXS V6 engine which produces 220 kW (295 hp; 299 PS) at 6,600 rpm and 356 N⋅m (263 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5,100 rpm, in addition to two electric motors whose total output is 132 kW (177 hp; 179 PS) and 300 N⋅m (220 lb⋅ft) of torque. Combined power output over the entire system is 264 kW (354 hp; 359 PS) and 500 N⋅m (370 lb⋅ft) of torque.
The engine and motors are coupled to a unique transmission, which consists of a four-speed automatic transmission embedded inside a continuously variable transmission. This “dual” transmission provides stepped access to the torque generated by the electric motor, and functions similarly to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
|Category||Super GT GT500|
|Predecessor||Lexus RC F GT500|
|Successor||Toyota GR Supra GT500|
|Suspension (front)||Double wishbone, pushrod operated, twin dampers and torsion bars|
|Suspension (rear)||Double wishbone, pushrod operated, twin dampers and spring|
|Length||4,960 mm (195 in)|
|Width||1,950 mm (77 in)|
|Height||1,220 mm (48 in)|
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm (108 in)|
|Engine||Lexus RI4AG 2,000 cc (122 cu in) inline-4 single-turbocharged, front-mid-mounted|
|Transmission||6-speed sequential semi-automatic gearbox|
|Power||483 kW (657 PS)|
|Weight||1,020 kg (2,249 lb)|
|Brakes||Hydraulic ventilated carbon disk. AP Racing calipers|
|Tyres||Bridgestone Potenza and Yokohama Advan|
|Notable entrants|| Lexus Team SARD|
Lexus Team LeMans Wako's
Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh
Lexus Team TOM'S
Lexus Team ZENT-Cerumo
|Notable drivers|| Kohei Hirate|
|Debut||2017 Okayama GT 300km|
The LC 500 GT500 is a GT500 GT race car derived from the road-going LC 500 for use in the Super GT from 2017 onwards. The car is the direct replacement to the Lexus RC F GT500, which competed in the 2014 to 2016 Super GT seasons. The LC 500 GT500 car made its début at the 2017 Okayama GT 300km and claimed several wins.
For Marvel Studios' Black Panther Lexus provided LC500's for filming in South Korea during the Car Chase sequence. Lexus also produced two specific LC Models named "Black Panther Editions" with a large Black Panther mask decal on the hood, blue underbody lighting, 24-inch wheels and blue paint with subtle striping.
European statistics include sales from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
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