Lexus has updated the LC Coupe for 2020.
The carmaker claims that both the LC500 and LC500h models now have enhanced ride and handling characteristics. These refinements are described as reinforcing the connection between driver and machine.
NEW SUSPENSION COMPONENTS
Suspension upgrades for the Lexus LC coupe include the use of aluminium lower arms, lighter, hollow anti-roll bars. The car’s coil springs also have a revised diameter and a new high-strength material.
Together, the changes have reduced unsprung weight by 10kg.
The rigidity of the rear anti-roll bar has also been increased to improve front turn-in performance. The new tuning also offers a more linear steering input to make the driver feel more connected to the road.
Driving responsiveness has been improved with adjustments to the software of a number of vehicle systems, including the Variable Gear Ratio Steering, Dynamic Rear Steering and Electric Power Steering.
Following the brand’s Kaizen philosophy, the updated Lexus LC Coupe also sports a revised brake pedal surface to increase brake feel.
Also new are the shift logic patterns in the Lexus LC500’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The adjustments have been made with the aim of improving day-to-day driving.
Engine revs will be increased in the “active zone” – where drivers are using the 50% to 70% of the throttle range – to heighten the feeling of acceleration before shifting into the next gear.
The downshifting mode in the LC500h’s Multi Stage Hybrid System has also been updated. It will now downshift to second rather than third for smoother operation and more robust acceleration out of sharp bends.
A NEW ROOF AND MORE PAINT COLOUR OPTIONS
Exterior-wise, the LC Coupe has a a carbon fibre reinforced composite roof. New colour choices include Blazing Carnelian and Terrane Khaki. The latter was previously reserved for the LC Limited Edition.
All Lexus LC Coupe models are also now equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. This offers easy and wireless smartphone integration and access to popular apps for navigation, entertainment and messaging.