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Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h full technical specifications announced

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Lexus has announced full technical specifications of the LC 500 coupe and its hybrid-powered counterpart, the LC 500h.

Set for a global launch in 2017 the luxury four-seater is being hailed by Lexus as the strongest ever statement of its brand direction. Inspired by the stunning LF-LC concept at the Detroit Motor Show in 2012, the production model is underpinned by the company’s new Global Architecture Luxury (GA-L) platform, said to be the most torsionally rigid ever produced by the company. The new GA-L platform will also serve as a blueprint for all future front engine, rear drive models from Lexus.

Power for the LC 500 comes from a high-revving 5.0-litre V8 that also propels the RC F and GS F. The all-aluminium, 32-valve V8 develops 351kW and 530Nm, channeled to the rear wheels via a new 10-speed automatic transmission – the first ever in a luxury car. The LC 500 sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, en route to a top speed of 270km/h.

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The petrol-electric LC 500h features the brand’s newly developed Multi Stage Hybrid System. This next generation hybrid powertrain is said to have been specifically designed for performance vehicles. Under the bonnet packs a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and an electric motor, which gets its power from a lithium-ion battery pack located above the rear axle.

The system produces a total power output of 264kW and 348Nm of torque, which are channeled to the rear wheels via a combination of 4-speed automatic gearbox and continuously variable transmission. The new 4-speed auto-CVT partnership, a first for a Lexus hybrid, is able to multiply each of the first three physical gears in the automatic transmission three times – turning three real ratios into nine virtual ones; the fourth physical ratio acts as an overdrive, enabling the V6 to spin at a much lower rpm when cruising.

In essence, the additional automatic gearbox works in combination with the CVT to deliver 10 specific gear ratios, just like the 10-speed auto in the non-hybrid LC 500. The new drivetrain is also capable of breaking traction, so for the first time you’ll be able to smoke the rear tyres of a Lexus hybrid.

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The LC will debut two new exterior colors to the Lexus lineup – Structural Blue and Flare Yellow. The new colours join the current Lexus colour palette of Ultra White, Obsidian, Liquid Platinum, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Infrared, Nightfall Mica, and Autumn Shimmer.

There are four interior color schemes to choose from — Mid Brown, Rioja Red, Black, and the vibrant Bespoke White.

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The LC will also boast Lexus Safety System +, which integrates several of Lexus’s active safety technologies: the Pre-Collision System (PCS) helps prevent and mitigate collisions; Lane Keep Assist (LKA) helps prevent vehicles from departing from their lanes; Automatic High Beam (AHB) helps ensure optimal forward visibility during nighttime driving, and All-speed Active Cruise Control (All speed ACC).

The LC 500 and LC 500h will hit showrooms worldwide, including Australia, in 2017. It will rival the likes of BMW 6 Series, Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe and Jaguar F-Type.

Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h Technical Specifications 

Major Dimensions & Vehicle Weights LC 500 LC 500h
Overall (Kerb Mass) Length mm 4770 4770
Width (w/o mirror) mm 1920 1920
Height*1 mm 1345 1345
Wheelbase (Kerb Weight) mm 2870 2870
Tread (Kerb Weight) Front mm 1630 1630
Rear mm 1635 1635
Effective Head Room Front mm 943.8,
933.4*2
943.8,
933.4*2
Rear mm 818.2 818.2
Effective Leg Room Front mm 812.9 812.9
Rear mm 571.7 571.7
Shoulder Room Front mm 1438.7 1438.7
Rear mm 1245.2 1245.2
Hip Room Front mm 1377.4 1377.4
Rear mm 1112.4 1112.4
Seating Capacity person 4 4
Coefficient of Drag 0.33 0.33
Min. Running Ground Clearance (Kerb Weight) mm 133 140
Kerb Weight kg 1935 – 1970 1985 – 2020
Gross Vehicle Weight kg 2375 2445
Cargo Space VDA L 197 172
Fuel Tank Capacity L 82 82
Engine
Engine Type 2UR-GSE 8GR-FXS
No. of Cyls. & Arrangement 8-cylinders, V type 6-cylinders, V type
Valve Mechanism 32-Valve, DOHC,
Dual VVT-i
24-Valve, DOHC,
VVT-iW (intake), VVT-i (exhaust)
Bore x Stroke mm 94.0 x 89.5 94.0 x 83.0
Displacement cm3 4969 3456
Compression Ratio 12.3 : 1 13.0 : 1
Fuel Injection System EFI, D-4S EFI, D-4S
Intake System Normal Aspiration Normal Aspiration
Emission Certification EURO 6 EURO 6
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Recommended Octane Rating RON 95 or higher 95 or higher
Max. Output EEC kW/rpm (ps/rpm) 351/7100 (477/7100) 220/6600 (299/6600)
Max. Torque EEC Nm/rpm (kg-m/rpm) 540/4800 (55/4800) 348/4900 (35.5/4900)
Motor Generator
Motor Type Permanent magnet
synchronous motor
Max. Output kW (ps) 132 (179)
Max. Torque Nm (kg-m) 300 (30.6)
Hybrid Battery
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Nominal Voltage V 310.8
Number of Battery Cells 84
System Voltage V 650
Power Output kW 44.6
Total System Output
Total Max. Output kW (ps) 264 (359)
Performance
Max. Speed km/h 270 250
Acceleration 0 to 60 mph sec. 4.4 4.7
0 to 100 kph sec. 4.7 5.0
Chassis
Transmission Type Automatic Transmission Multi Stage Hybrid Transmission
Layout FR FR
Transmission Gear Ratio 1st 4.923 3.538
2nd 3.153 1.888
3rd 2.349 1.000
4th 1.879 0.650
5th 1.462
6th 1.193
7th 1.000
8th 0.792
9th 0.640
10th 0.598
Reverse 5.169
Differential Gear Ratio (Front/ Rear) – / 2.937 – / 3.357
Brake Type Front Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Rear Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Brake Size Front (Diameter/Thickness) mm 337.8/ 36 337.8/ 36
Rear (Diameter/Thickness) mm 308.2/ 30 308.2/ 30
Suspension Type Front Multi-link Multi-link
Rear Multi-link Multi-link
Power Steering Type EPS EPS
Wheel size / Type inch 1. 21 (forged aluminium)
Tyre Size / Type 1. Fr. 245/40 RF21, Rr: 275/35 RF21
Tyre Brands Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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