What’s Behind The Remastered Lexus LC 500

Technological tweaks for premium performance.
Wednesday 17 June 2020
Flashy yet sturdy, the LC 500 is all about power and stability. Photo: Lexus Malaysia

Lexus’ flagship coupe is newer and shinier than ever before. If you’ve been thinking about your next splurge to celebrate the return to the new normal (aren’t we all?), the LC 500 is the car you’ll be talking about. 

It’s a high-performance ride as the LC 500 has inherited much of its technical prowess from the race track-bred Lexus LFA. Beneath its shiny hood, there is an impressive 5-litre Lexus V8 powerplant with a technologically-advanced Dual VVT-i system capable of producing a massive 470 horsepower and an astounding 540Nm of torque. With this output and a kerb weight of under two tons, it takes just 4.4 seconds to achieve 100km/h from a standstill, so the speed-loving demon in you will be itching to take it out for a spin every time.

A powerful drive flanked by serene settings. Photo: Lexus Malaysia

Every inch of the LC 500 showcases Lexus’ attention to detail. Inside, passengers will enjoy the Takumi-crafted interior. In the driver’s seat, new additions for further comfort include a Power Easy Access feature where the driver’s seat slides away once the ignition is switched off on top of the steering column stow-away feature, making egressing more convenient.

In-car entertainment will be top notch as you can play videos in high definition, though we don’t recommend them if you’re driving. Your passengers will love it though, since you will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay installed. Their functions are easily accessed via a clear display on a new 10.3-inch Electro Multi Vision (EMV) high definition screen capable of displaying pin-sharp 24:9 HD (1280×480) videos and images.

Luxe Takumi-crafted interior lend an elegant finish. Photo: Lexus Malaysia

While it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for all of us in the first half of 2020, that hasn’t dampened Lexus’ driving spirit. The LC 500 has had several new enhancements introduced, in particular to enhance the vehicle’s comfort, safety and handling.

Lexus engineers reduced some of the unsprung weight of key components in the vehicle including from the 21-inch rear wheels and from the forged aluminium front lower arms. By shaving a hefty 10kg off, the LC 500 has a sharper and more precise handling, particularly on uneven roads. 

To enhance riding comfort, there is a new performance damper in the rear and a new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) control system, while the Active Cornering Assist (ACA) control has been tweaked to operate in conjunction with the Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and the re-configured Electric Power Steering (EPS). These modifications mean you get a more precise handling and tactile steering response behind the wheel. 

Lexus prides themselves on ensuring that all their cars have exemplary safety measures in place, and this of course includes the LC 500. You get exceptional speed and safety all in one since the build of the LC 500 is low and wide for an improved centre of gravity, not to mention its aerodynamic aids and sturdy, big brakes. 

Take corners with ease. Photo: Lexus Malaysia

 

Added to this is a host of Lexus Safety System + (LSS+) features that ensure the car’s passengers as well as those nearby are protected as best as possible. These include the Front Pre-Collision System (PCS), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Keeping System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) that work on top of the 8 airbags on board and a new park feature where the transmission is automatically placed in “P” when the door is open to avoid accidental runaways.

It isn’t a tweak if you don’t have shiny new shades to select from. There are two new colour options with names that sound fancy even when you say it aloud: Blazing Carnelian Contrast Layering and Terrane Khaki Mica Metallic. These come with two new interior colours, Flare Red and Black and Orange for a stylish accent. What a way for the LC 500’s exterior to match its inner beauty.