Lexus launches LC luxury coupe in Japan

By CARSIFU | 17 March 2017

TOKYO: Lexus has launched the LC luxury coupe across Japan, priced between 13 and 14.5 million Yen (RM509,564 and RM568,379), inclusive of consumption tax.

The LC employs the renowned Lexus high-performance 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter V8 engine, mated to a Direct Shift 10-AT gearbox.

It also features a D-4S direct fuel injection and the Atkinson cycle operation to ensure fuel-efficiency.

The coupe inherits the LFA's sporty and uplifting engine sound, known as the "cry of angels."

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An engine sound generator using aspiration pulsation and an exhaust switch valve enables quiet cruising and intensity during acceleration.

The world's first multi-stage hybrid system and the Direct Shift-10AT has been adopted as part of the latest powertrain.

Meanwhile, luxuries can include the optional Mark Levinson Reference surround sound system analyzes compressed music in real time to improve sound quality with Clari-Fi technology, delivering natural sounds.

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Seat heaters, seat ventilation and a steering wheel heater coordinated with the automatic air-conditioner are controlled by the Lexus Climate Concierge, with a new model remote with a touch screen that can be enlarged with improved operability that allows scrolling and pinching.

An advanced sporty cockpit space that adopts movable meters which has been derived from the LFA8 design and mechanisms.

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The advanced active safety package, Lexus Safety System +, is a standard feature in all cars.

The package includes the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist (LKA), which helps to avoid collisions caused when a vehicle deviates from a traffic lane, and Automatic High Beam (AHB), which enables early detection of pedestrians at night, and will switch the headlights between high and low beams.

Furthermore, the Radar Cruise Control (with All-Speed Tracking function) automatically maintains a pre-set distance from the vehicle in front within a set vehicle speed range.

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Also, this is the first time that an engine hood which is raised at four points has been adopted by Lexus.

While this helps to achieve a low hood design, this engine hood would still help to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision.

The LC production line adopts a design which is radically different from a conventional car plant, with a new, dedicated LC assembly line at Motomachi Plant.

The floor and ceiling are completely white and the latest systems have been introduced for quality assurance, such as the use of tablets to check each person's work processes.

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Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), a CFRP production technology which has been developed for LFA, has been further enhanced, enabling a CFRP roof to be used for the LC.

In addition, self-piercing rivets have been employed to join different materials together, enabling the usage of die-cast aluminum front suspension towers.

The interior paneling and stitching is all finished by hand.

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The run-flat tyres have been set at 20 or 21 inches.

The S package combines the new Limited Slip Differential (LSD) with the standard Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system to improve acceleration performance during turning.

Advanced engineering, such as understeer/oversteer control, an advancement of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) control, Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), and active rear steering have been actively adopted to provide both greater comfort in handling and safety.