Lexus LC

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Lexus LC (Z100)
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2018 Lexus LC 500 (URZ100)
Overview
ManufacturerLexus (Toyota)
ProductionMarch 2017 – present[1][2]
Model years2018–present[3][4][5][6][7]
AssemblyJapan: Motomachi, Toyota, Aichi (Motomachi plant)
Designer
  • Tadao Mori (chief designer)
  • Pansoo Kwon (Production exterior: 2013)[8][9][10]
  • Edward Lee (Concept, Initial Production: 2013)[citation needed]
Body and chassis
Class
Body style2-door fastback coupé
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformTNGA: GA-L
RelatedLexus LS (XF50)
Powertrain
Engine
Power output
  • 351 kW (471 hp; 477 PS) (5.0 L)
  • 264 kW (354 hp; 359 PS) (3.5 L, total system output)
Transmission
  • 10-speed Direct Shift-10A automatic (LC 500)
  • 10-speed Multi Stage Hybrid System automatic (LC 500h)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,870 mm (113.0 in)
Length4,760 mm (187.4 in)
Width1,920 mm (75.6 in)
Height1,345 mm (53.0 in)
Chronology
Predecessor

The Lexus LC (Japanese: レクサス・LC, Rekusasu LC) is a grand tourer manufactured by the Japanese automaker Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. Based on the 2012 LF-LC Concept, it was revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It replaced the SC, which was produced from 1991 to 2010. It is the first Lexus model to utilize the GA-L platform, which, along with other components, is shared with the full-size LS 500 sedan.

History[edit]

Development[edit]

The Lexus LC was developed under the program codename "950A" from 2011 to 2016. It was previewed by the LF-LC Concept, which was designed at Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California. The concept vehicle was revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Design work was later transferred from Calty to Toyota Technical Centre in Aichi, Japan in January 2013, with a final production design freeze in the first half of 2014.[11][12]

Introduction[edit]

Four years after the concept's debut, the production model, dubbed LC 500, was introduced in January 2016 at the same venue.[13] It shares the same 5.0-litre 348 kW (467 bhp) 2UR-GSE V8 engine with the RC F and GS F.[14][15] It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.[16][14]

A hybrid-electric model, dubbed LC 500h, was revealed in Geneva in February 2016.[17][18]It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a hybrid transmission, and a lithium-ion battery pack with a combined 264 kW (354 bhp) output at 6600 rpm,[19] and an estimated 500 N⋅m (370 ft⋅lb) of combined torque at 3000 rpm.[20]

Manufacturing[edit]

The LC is built at Toyota's Motomachi facility, the same plant that produced the LFA.[21] The factory was reconfigured for LC production, which included finishing the entire facility's interior in white.[21] Many of the "Takumi" master craftsmen who built the LFA continue their work on different areas of the LC, including carbon fibre parts, leatherwork, and paint. Series production commenced in March 2017, with the first example completed in April 23, 2017.[22]

Concept cars[edit]

Lexus LC Convertible Concept at Geneva Motor Show 2019

The LC Convertible Concept is based on the LC. It has 22-inch wheels and white leather trim with gold accent stitching. Tadao Mori was the Chief Designer.[23]

Design[edit]

Exterior[edit]

The LC retained the overall design of the concept model. It has a variant of Lexus' corporate "spindle" grille with a gradient pattern; a tightly compressed mesh at the top transitions to a wider diamond at the bottom. However, unlike other vehicles in the lineup, the top of the spindle grille does not have a chrome surround.[22] The compact LED triple-projector headlight is in the small overhang between the bumper and wheels.[22][24]

The front and rear overhangs are short—the front is 920 mm (36 in), and the back is 970 mm (38 in). The lines from the front fender build up the A-pillar to form the boundaries of the blacked-out roof—Lexus cites “the traditional Japanese sword” as the inspiration for the sharp edges of the C-pillar molding.

Chassis[edit]

The LC is the first vehicle to use Lexus' front-engine, rear-wheel drive platform, dubbed "Global Architecture – Luxury" (GA-L). It consists of various materials, including high-strength steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber.[25][26] The GA-L platform will underpin future rear-wheel drive models, including the Lexus LS 500, which was introduced in January 2017. The platform is designed to provide lower overall mass, improved front/rear weight distribution, and a low center of gravity. Run-flat tires are also used to avoid the need for a spare, and the vehicle battery has been relocated to the trunk to improve weight distribution.[22]

The suspension is a double-joint multi-link suspension with a forged aluminum upper arm is secured at two points, which ensures all movements are mirrored from the lower arm. The double-joint design reduces the necessary height of the suspension system, as placement is lower than a traditional single-joint setup.[22]

Powertrain[edit]

LC 500[edit]

The 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter V8 engine powering the Lexus LC 500 is an updated version of the engine found in the RC F & GS F. It features D-4S direct fuel injection, Atkinson cycle operation, and VVT-i. The unit produces 471 hp (351 kW) at 7,100 rpm, 398 lb⋅ft (540 N⋅m) of torque at 4,800 rpm. Attached to the 2UR-GSE engine is a Direct Shift 10-speed automatic transmission, marking the first time a 10-speed transmission has been used in a luxury vehicle.[22]

LC 500h[edit]

The LC 500h employs a new powertrain, known as the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid system.[27] It consists of a 3.5-litre, 295 hp (220 kW), 257 lb⋅ft (348 N⋅m) 8GR-FXS V6, in addition to two electric motors whose total output is 177 hp (132 kW), 221 lb⋅ft (300 N⋅m).[28] Combined power output over the entire system is 354 hp (264 kW).[28][20]

The engine and motors are coupled to a unique transmission, which consists of a four-speed automatic transmission embedded inside a continuously variable transmission. This “dual” transmission provides stepped access to the torque generated by the electric motor, and functions similarly to a 10-speed automatic transmission.[22][29]

This powertrain is also used by the Lexus LS 500h.[30]

Motorsports[edit]

Super GT[edit]

Lexus LC 500 GT500
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CategorySuper GT GT500
ConstructorLexus
PredecessorLexus RC F GT500
SuccessorToyota Supra GT500[31]
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbone, pushrod operated, twin dampers and torsion bars
Suspension (rear)Double wishbone, pushrod operated, twin dampers and spring
Length4,960 mm (195 in)
Width1,950 mm (77 in)
Height1,220 mm (48 in)
Wheelbase2,750 mm (108 in)
EngineLexus RI4AG 2,000 cc (122 cu in) inline-4 single-turbocharged, mid-mounted
Transmission6-speed sequential semi-automatic gearbox
Power400 kW (544 PS)
Weight1,020 kg (2,249 lb)
FuelVarious
LubricantsVarious
BrakesHydraulic ventilated carbon disk. AP Racing calipers
TyresBridgestone Potenza and Yokohama ADVAN
Competition history
Notable entrantsJapan Lexus Team SARD
Japan Lexus Team LeMans Wako's
Japan Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh
Japan Lexus Team TOM'S
Japan Lexus Team ZENT-Cerumo
Notable driversJapan Kohei Hirate
Finland Heikki Kovalainen
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
Japan Kazuya Oshima
Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi
Japan Yuji Kunimoto
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Japan Daisuke Itō
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Japan Ryo Hirakawa
New Zealand Nick Cassidy
Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
Japan Yuji Tachikawa
Debut2017 Okayama GT 300km
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
2212
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Lexus LC 500 GT500 is a GT500 GT race car derived from the road-going LC 500 for use in the Super GT from 2017 onwards. The car is the direct replacement to the Lexus RC F GT500, which competed in the 2014 to 2016 Super GT seasons.[32] The LC 500 GT500 car made its début at the 2017 Okayama GT 300km and claimed several wins.[33]

Sales[edit]

Calendar year Europe US
2017 548[34] 2,484[35]
2018 1,979[36]

European statistics include sales from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.[34]

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