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INDULGE 21


T


he fact that the LF-LC concept car, which was unveiled in 2012, was turned into a production vehicle in less than five years is a feat in itself. But even more impressive is the final


product. This isn’t just a car that looks good – it’s a beautiful marriage of emotion, luxury, refinement and a special driving experience, which makes a strong statement about the future of the brand. “My LC team and I set out to develop a flagship


coupé for a changing Lexus brand,” says Koji Sato, Chief Engineer. “The LC doesn’t borrow from any other vehicle in the Lexus line-up – we had to start with all-new ideas to make a product that would shift our image. Every bit of design and engineering for this car targets the elevation of the customer experience.” Sato led the project along with Tadao Mori,


Chief Designer, who worked on a “seduction and technology” design theme. “The designers spent a great deal of time driving the LFA and other high-performance cars in order to gain a deeper understanding of how the engineers’ passion for a great driving experience can be supported by the design of the cabin, and the ideal positioning of instruments and controls,” explains Mori. Powered by a five-litre V8 petrol engine, tuned


to deliver 477PS/351kW, it also sports a 10-speed automatic transmission to provide a rhythmic shift pattern for a crisp, fast response. The close ratios bring the gears closer together, with even spacing between each gear, while an extra gear was added to eliminate the feel of second and third gears being drawn out for too long. The 10th


gear allows for high-speed cruising at


reduced engine RPM. Even weight distribution and an improved


centre of gravity are key to the car’s performance, with the engineers having used an “inertia spec” to locate as much mass as possible towards the centre and lower in the chassis. And, of course, it’s all about drive comfort, with the driver’s hip as close to the car’s centre of gravity


as possible for optimal feedback. Then there’s the sound… Although the driver can adjust the exhaust sound level via the Drive Mode Select system, the deep rumble of the revving V8 is superbly sexy. Pair this with the beat emitted by the Mark Levinson Premium Reference Product audio system and the result’s irresistible. Specialists measured the sound frequencies produced in different parts of the cabin and, from there, precisely located the 12 speakers for the right listening experience for a coupé. “It gives the listener the sensation of being in a concert hall, rather than the interior of a vehicle,” says Sato.


SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH HEIGHT WIDTH


WHEELBASE


SEATING CAPACITY TORQUE


WHEEL SIZE FUEL TYPE


FUEL TANK CAPACITY TRANSMISSION MAXIMUM SPEED 0-100KM/H


4 770mm 1 345mm 1 920mm 2 870mm Four


540/4 800 (55/4 800) 21”


Petrol 82 litres


10-speed automatic 270km/h


Under 4,5 seconds


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