New Lexus LC500 sportscar coming to Australia in 2017
The Lexus LC500 has been revealed and leap frogs the RC F to become the top of the lexus sports car tree. It’ll be in Australia in 2017.
LEXUS IS KEEN to shake off its staid image as the car of choice for people that don’t enjoy cars. There was the LFA, and right now we have the RC F and RC350. And soon we will have the LC500.
The LC500 is a four-seat coupe that looks stunning. It is quick too, with a V8 good for 351kW (same as the RC F) but unlike the RC F there are 10 speeds, not eight. The LC500 is bigger than the RC F – 4760mm long and 1920mm wide compared to the RC F at 4705 and 1845mm. No weight is specified for the LC500, but it’s probably going to be around the same as the rather porky RC F at around 1860kg as the 0-100 time is listed as “under 4.5 seconds”, pretty much the same as the RC F.
So where’s Lexus going? Lexus’ Chief Branding Officer and Master Driver, Akio Toyoda, says “A few years ago we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market.”
That began with the LF-LC concept, which is what has driven the LC500 today. Reading the details supplied by Lexus it seems the focus is more on design and experience rather than outright performance, with statements such as:
“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.”
Lexus also seem determined to move the brand forwards, and aim for a mix of driving dynamics and daily usability, saying:
“The mission for LC500 was to offer a dynamic driving experience and character unlike any Lexus vehicle prior to it.”
“The pursuit of a sharper, more refined driving experience became the mission for the development team which also sought to maintain a superior Lexus ride quality befitting a flagship luxury sport coupe.”
The LC500 will be the first Lexus to use the brand’s new rear-wheel drive platform which is part of their new global architecture for luxury vehicles, designated GA-L. There’s also a new electric control system that helps anticipate the driver’s inputs by monitoring acceleration, braking and lateral g forces and sets the vehicle up accordingly.
The LC500 will also introduce the 2017 Lexus Multimedia package that will feature what Lexus say is “updated, faster, and more flexible software enabling future enhancements and a graphic user interface.” Hopefully that translates into “useful and easy to use”.
However the LC500 performs, one thing is for sure, it’ll be a head-turner. If you can turn your head fast enough that is!
Provisional Lexus LC500 2017 specifications:
|351kW @ 7100rpm
|530Nm @ 4800rpm
|10 speed automatic
|Rear wheel drive
|Fr: 920mm, Rr: 970mm
(front and rear)
|1. 21 inches
2. 20 inches
3. 20 inches
|1. Fr: 245/40 RF21, Rr: 275/35RF 21
2. Fr: 245/45 RF20, Rr: 275/40RF 20 Fr: 245/45 RF20, Rr:275/40 RF20
|0 – 100km/h
|Under 4.5 seconds