Toyota Motor Corp released the “Lexus LC” high-class coupe March 16, 2017.
It is a production model of a vehicle that Toyota showed at Detroit Motor Show (NAIAS) 2016. The Lexus LC comes in two models: the “LC500” gasoline vehicle and the “LC500h” hybrid vehicle (HEV). Their prices are ¥13-14 million (approx US$117,043) and ¥13.5-14.5 million, respectively. The company aims to sell 550 units of the Lexus LC per month.
Toyota improved the rigidity of the body and reduced its weight by applying the newly-developed “GA-L” platform. Specifically, the company reduced the mass of the body by 100kg by using more high-tensile steel plate, aluminum (Al) alloy and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), compared with the case where those light-weight materials are not used.
The Lexus LC measures 4,770 (L) x 1,920 (W) x 1,345mm (H), and its wheelbase is 2,870mm. Compared with the “Lexus RC” sports coupe, the Lexus LC is 75mm longer, 80mm wider and 50mm lower, and its wheelbase is 140mm longer. The masses of the gasoline vehicle and HEV are 1,940-1,960kg and 2,220-2,240kg, respectively, depending on the grade.
For the power train of the gasoline vehicle, Toyota combined the “2UR-GSE” 5.0L V-8 engine and a newly-developed 10-speed AT (automatic transmission). Its maximum output and maximum torque are 351kW/7,100rpm and 540N·m/4,800rpm, respectively. Its fuel efficiency is 7.8km/L (approx 18.3mpg in the US) under the JC08 test mode
On the other hand, the HEV comes with the “Multi-stage Hybrid System,” which Toyota newly developed. It combines the “8GR-FXS” 3.5L V-6 gasoline engine with two motors.
The maximum output and maximum torque of the engine are 220kW/6,600rpm and 356N·m/5,100rpm, respectively. And the maximum output and maximum torque of the motor are 132kW and 300N·m.The maximum output of the entire system is 264kW, and its fuel efficiency is 15.8km/L under the JC08 test mode.