Other mass management measures include an available carbon fiber roof (glass is standard), aluminum door skins mounted to a carbon fiber door inner structure, and a composite trunk floor. The LC 500 also represents the Lexus brand’s most intensive use of high-strength steel. This provides enhanced rigidity while reducing weight. In fact, the torsional rigidity is more resistant to twisting forces than even the LFA.
Drive is to the rear wheels only, via a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The unit is said to offer gear changes that rival dual-clutch units in shift speed but operates with superior refinement, thanks mostly to a system that reads metrics such as speed, acceleration and gas pedal position and anticipates the next shift. Owners of the LC 500 variant can expect 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
Forged aluminum wheels measure 20 in across up front and 21 in at the rear, and they come shod in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The wheels are attached to a multilink suspension setup which features double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms that are said to offer superior control. Stopping power comes in the form of huge six-piston front disc brake calipers (four-piston in back).
In the cabin, there’s a 2+2 layout. The LC 500 will be available with all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane keep assist (to help keep the vehicle from straying from the travel lane), automatic high beam assist, and a pre-collision system that will automatically brake in some situations.
Feature highlights include a standard Pioneer premium audio system, or an available Mark Levinson system for serious audophiles. The LC also marks the debut of a new software system that allows easier updates to the user interface.
Lexus tells us the LC won’t reach showrooms in the United States until 2017, which means we’re likely to see the vehicle arrive as a 2018 model. We’re not sure of the reason for the delay but it could be because the company is waiting for the LC 500h hybrid variant. This one is expected to come with a V-6 paired with a next-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive system and may offer as much as 600 hp.
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