Lexus Malaysia has introduced the Lexus LC 500 to the Malaysian market, priced at RM940,000 OTR without insurance, inclusive of GST.
The luxury coupe, inspired by the LF-LC concept car displayed in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show, is powered by a 5.0L V8 petrol engine which generates 470hp and peak torque of 540Nm, mated to a newly developed close-ratio Direct Shift 10-speed automatic transmission – a first for a premium passenger car.
The LC 500 can go from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 270km/h.
There are five driving modes to choose from – Normal, Eco, Comfort, Sport S and Sport S+, while Custom Mode enables drivers to set their preferred settings for the powertrain, chassis and air conditioning.
It takes its place as the flagship model of the high-performance Lexus range, alongside the LS, which is the flagship of the sedan range.
With the new LC, Lexus has adopted a new platform known as the GA-L, which stands for Global Architecture – Luxury, which also forms the foundation for the latest generation LS sedan.
The project was inspired and guided by Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda himself, who was also personally involved in fine-tuning the driving dynamics of the car.
Toyota said the platform is designed to provide a high degree of product development freedom so it can be used for coming generations of front engine/rear-wheel drive Lexus models.
The car’s chassis design was driven by a sharp focus on structural integrity to enhance its basic performance potential, and weight was lowered further by the usage of aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced plastics in several components.
Special features of the LC 500 include ultra-compact LED projector, LED rear combination lamps, eight-inch colour thin-film transistor (TFT) meter, 10.3-inch Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) display, remote touch interface, ventilated seats, one-touch walk-in function, eight-way power adjustable front seats and LED ambient illumination.
Safety-wise, it’s equipped with blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert (RCTA), eight airbags, pop up hood for pedestrian protection, vehicle dynamics integrated management (VDIM), anti-lock braking system (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control (TRC), hill-start assist, tyre pressure warning system, whiplash injury lessening (WIL) and Isofix.
The car is available in 11 exterior colours and three interior colour themes, and comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage, and free scheduled servicing for the first five years or 100,000km, whichever comes first.