Yesterday, Lexus officially announced the local Australian pricing and model trims for their upcoming flagship coupe, the LC.
The LC range comprises of two models, both starting at $190,000: the LC500 and the LC500h.
The regular LC500 is powered by the 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 from the RC F and the GS F producing 351kW and 540Nm, and is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Due to its kerb weight of around 1970kg, the LC500 hits 100kph in 4.7 seconds, and uses 11.6L/100km of 98 RON fuel over a combined cycle. Further, it comes standard with a limited slip differential, something that is optional on the hybrid.
Speaking of the hybrid, the equally-priced LC500h is powered by a 220kW and 348Nm 3.5L V6, which is combined with an electric system to produce a total power output of 264kW. Transmission wise, the LC500h uses a 4-speed conventional auto combined with a CVT to make ’10 ratios’, something Lexus calls a ‘multi stage hybrid’ – this along with the hybrid system means it only guzzles 6.1L/100km on a combined cycle. Further, due to its slightly higher weight and liver power &a torque, the LC500h his 100km/h in 5 seconds dead.
All LC models run 21-inch alloy wheels, with 245mm front and 275mm rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. In addition, standard features across he range go as follows:
- 10.3-inch infotainment display with navigation and live rraffic
- A 918-watt Mark Levinson sound system with 13 speakers.
- Lexus Safety System+ (includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collison Safety System, Lane Keep Assist, Sway Warning and Automatic High Beam, plus a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, reversing camera, eight airbags and tyre-pressure monitors)
- Full LED interior lighting
- Panoramic glass roof
- Colour heads-up display
- Dual-zone climate control
- Adaptive variable multi-link sports suspension
- Semi-aniline leather-accented trim
- 8-inch multi-information display
- Heated and ventilated front seats with 12-way power adjustment and memory function
- Sports pedals
- Magnesium alloy paddle shifters
- 6 drive modes
- Stainless steel scuff plates
The only option is the $15,000 ‘enhancement pack’ that offers 4 wheel steering, active rear spoiler, carbon fibre roof, leather and Alcantara upholstery, 10-way power adjustable sports bucket-style seats, variable gear ratios, carbon scuff plates and, for the hybrid, a limited slip differential.