Lexus is guided by the Kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement. Each model often receives improvements and spec changes during its model years. As the brand’s flagship coupé, the Lexus LC 500 is no exception.

Available in a V8-powered engine, the LC 500 remains one of Lexus’ most iconic and future-leading models. The 2020 model grade improvements ensure that LC customers experience the vehicle as a true driver’s car and at the same time, experience Lexus luxury.

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Ode to Takumi craftmanship

Already on sale, the 2020 LC 500 boasts interior and technology-focused upgrades that are sure to impress any Lexus customer and fan alike.

It’s also very difficult to have a conversation about Lexus without talking about craftsmanship.

The fine skills of Takumi craftspeople (responsible for ensuring that the required excellent quality is achieved) contribute to the high quality of every Lexus vehicle. Lexus has gone further to combine the traditions of Japanese culture and aesthetics with improved technologies for the LC.

Lexus LC 500 makes a colour statement

Lexus designers enjoy the freedom of developing new colours for their cars, working from scratch in a process that can take up to two years. The 2020 spec change LC coupé is the ideal opportunity to showcase a new colour, in this case Blazing Carnelian.

Blazing Carnelian has been created as an emotional colour that evokes the agile driving performance of the latest edition of the flagship coupé.

With its high colour saturation and brilliance, it is unlike anything seen before on a Lexus. Its visual quality is thanks to the application of multiple coats, each of which contributes to the ultimate effect, including two different high-saturation base coats and an additional mica base.

Its impact is heightened by being offered in combination with an equally striking colour-way for the interior.

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Manhattan Orange is a rich new tone for the LC’s cabin, inspired by the famous Manhattan Henge – a brilliant natural light effect that occurs twice a year when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the New York district’s famous grid pattern of streets.

Used for the headlining, door panels and seat upholstery accents, it creates an exclusive and avant garde feeling.

Another new colour for this model is Terrane Khaki (first seen on the UX) – offers a strong contrast between bright highlights and dark, calm shades. The mica particles have been enlarged as much as possible without creating colour unevenness, achieving high brilliance while expressing toughness.

Lexus LC 500: Dynamic handling

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The LC’s Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system control has been changed, which results in a smoother, more linear response. Also added to the AVS system is Active Cornering Assist (ACA), ultimately improving the handling on winding roads and corners for the driver.

The brake pedal surface shape has been changed to improve the operation feeling and furthermore provides a stable feeling underfoot when changing from the accelerator to the brake pedal.

Lexus has introduced an improved Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), as well as Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) controls to this model, which enhances handling stability. This improves driver confidence when driving on winding roads, as well as enhanced vehicle stability during high-speed driving.

The Electric Power Steering control was also changed for improved steering feel, making the LC a true driver’s car. This also provides a nimble steering feeling when changing lanes or driving on winding roads.

New audio: Music to one’s ears

In the cabin, the 2020 LC 500 comes standard with the functionality of the new 17MM+ high-resolution audio.

The new audio includes the standard USB Audio, DAB phase driver, Miracast, Smartphone linking, as well as Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

‘A good citizen’: High-output V8

LC 500 features a 351kW high-performance V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission. Upon start up, exhaling through the variable Active Exhaust, the five-litre naturally aspirated V8 issues a clarion call to driving enthusiasts. The LC 500 can sprint from zero to 100km/h in less than 4.7 seconds. 

This five-litre V8 is a well-proven performance engine, with a low-mass reciprocating assembly using lightweight forged connecting rods, along with titanium intake and exhaust valves to allow a 7 300rpm redline.

Under acceleration, the LC 500 V8 reveals its character in a continuously rising power curve, with the maximum power of 351kW developed at 7 100rpm and the torque peak of 540Nm at 4 800rpm.

The V8 is a “good citizen”, switching to the Atkinson cycle to enhance fuel efficiency at cruising speeds and Otto cycle for higher performance levels when accelerating.

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LEXUS PRICING

The 2020 LC 500 retails for R 2 031 200. Lexus’ best-in-class seven-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan is standard for all petrol Lexus models. Vehicle service intervals are pegged at every 15 000km, alternatively once a year.

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