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Remember the LF-LC concept that debuted four years ago at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show? The sleek coupe has returned to the Motor City in production form and with a new name – the LC 500.

Marking the start of a new era, the LC 500 is positioned as the Japanese luxury brand’s new flagship coupe. The man behind the project is none other than Toyota chief Akio Toyoda, who is responsible for bringing the design and engineering teams together to develop the new luxury coupe.

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Like the RC F and GS F performance models, the LC 500 gets 467 hp at 7,100 rpm and 527 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm from a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine. The car is capable of sprinting from 0 to 96 km/h in 4.5 seconds, thanks to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which Lexus claims to be as responsive as dual-clutch gearboxes, and lighter and smaller than some current eight-speed units.

The LC 500 is the brand’s first car to utilise the new GA-L global platform that will serve as the blueprint for the company’s upcoming front-engine/rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The car has the stiffest unibody the company has ever produced, achieved through the extensive application of high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. Lexus is also offering optional carbon fibre roof, aluminium door skins for the door inner structure, and a composite trunk floor if you wish to get rid of more weight.

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The company continues to add that particular attention was devoted to the LC 500’s multilink suspension, which comprises aluminium upper and lower control arms tuned specifically to achieve precise steering response. The car rolls on 21-inch forged aluminium wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport run-flat tyres, and gets its braking power from six- and four-piston brake calipers.

As for mass-arranging tactics, Lexus has lowered the driver hip and heel positions, pushed the wheels to the corner of the car and placed most of the mass including the drivetrain and battery in a more centralised position. As a result, the LC 500 achieves an optimum weight distribution of 52/48.

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Elsewhere, the LC 500 is set to debut with Lexus’ next-generation multimedia system. Its safety technology encompasses the Safety System + package, which integrates an All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (All-speed DRCC), Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB), to name a few.





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