LEXUS LC COUPE IS UPDATED. NEW CONVERTIBLE IS COMING

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Lexus has given us further details of its LC Coupe and Convertible; the LC Coupe is due in Australia in June, followed by the first ever LC Convertible late this year.

The 351kW 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine in the LC 500, and the 3.5-litre V6 multi-stage hybrid in the LC 500h, both benefit from revised transmission set-ups to maximise responsiveness.

Enhanced logic patterns for the LC 500’s 10-speed Direct Shift automatic mans it upshifts at higher engine speed when 60-70 per cent throttle is applied.

The LC 500h’s is now able to downshift to second gear (previously third) when braking in Sport S and Sport S+ modes to give more immediate acceleration.

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The front and rear coil springs have been strengthened and the shock-absorber length for the standard Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) has been modified to improve linear response and control.

Rear roll rigidity distribution has been revised, making it easier for the driver to feel the LC’s posture through corners and assist with more accurate line-tracing capability.

The LC 500 debuts a Yamaha developed performance damper that better absorbs twists and quells body vibrations during spirited driving.

Newly standard on LC is Active Cornering Assist (ACA), which utilises the vehicle stability control to provide subtle braking of the inside wheels during high-G cornering, helping to create a natural and neutral cornering feel for the driver.

A steering-wheel heater is now standard along with an ‘easy access’ front seat slide function to further aid front seat ingress and egress.

LC Coupe will also feature two new paint colours, Carnelian and the permanent availability of Khaki Metal, and two new interior options: Flare Red with black and red trim and Manhattan Henge with black and sunset-coloured trim.

Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the updated LC perfectly aligned its luxury performance Coupe flagship with the forthcoming Convertible.

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“The brave design and Takumi craftsmanship of the LC is now taken to a new level with even more exhilarating performance and a greater emotional connection with the driver,” Mr Thompson said.

“Late this year, the updated LC Coupe will be joined by the driving pleasure of the incredible LC Convertible, enriching customer lifestyles and advancing the evolution of Lexus as a luxury lifestyle brand.”

Pricing and full specifications for the LC Coupe and LC Convertible will be announced closer to their Australian launches. Final range and specifications may vary from those depicted.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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