Talk about attention to detail. Lexus has spent 15 years developing a dazzling new paint colour mimicking that of an American Morpho butterfly that is renowned for the deep, shimmering blue of its wings

Lexus calls it Structural Blue, it uses special technology to produce a finish that is deeper, more lustrous and essentially more “blue” than anything seen before.

The development was a collaboration between the company’s U.S. and Japanese technical centres and California-based VIAVI Solutions, a leading provider of thin-film optical coatings and pigments.

The desired quality could be secured only by using a pigment with 40 separate layers. Due to the intricate technologies and fine quality of the process, only two Structural Blue cars can be produced in a working day at the Lexus Motomachi factory, the high-technology home of the LC.

Morpho butterfly, Costa Rica, Central America

Morpho butterfly

In Australia, Structural Blue will be offered in extremely limited numbers on the LC flagship from the first quarter of 2018.

Lexus LC models in Structural Blue feature a cabin in the LC’s Breezy Blue colour combination, with a mid-blue semi-aniline leather for the upper door trims, steering wheel, instrument panel and centre armrest.

This contrasts with white fine leather-accented seat upholstery and vivid orange for the shift lever surround and the draped Alcantara door panels. The headlining is also finished in Alcantara

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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