Exterior design of the new Lexus LC 500

Brave design inspires and excites people. We saw that first-hand when the Lexus LF-FC concept car was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in 2012. But critics wondered if its dramatic lines and design ideology would ever make it through to a production vehicle.

They have. And what’s more, the production Lexus LC displays a statement of intent about the design and engineering direction of all future Lexus products. So let us take a closer look at the coupe’s exterior and examine some of the features and ‘firsts’ that have the allowed the conceptual design to be transferred to production reality.

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The production model shares many of the concept car’s key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism. It displays an athletic, aerodynamic shape with sensual curves and a flowing, carbon fibre roof option. These create a wide and imposing vehicle stance and a package that is both passionate and highly functional.

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The frontal area presents a powerful interpretation of Lexus’s signature spindle grille, with a chrome border on three sides and a radical new 3D mesh design that varies in visual tension. The L-shaped daytime running lights sit below new triple-LED headlamp units, designed to incorporate one of the motor industry’s thinnest projectors. This allows for a low bonnet line with a short front overhang.

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Functional vents are worked into the exterior design to help improve aerodynamic stability and cooling. The car’s athletic profile is characterised by a fast sloping roofline, a wind-cutting silhouette, a long (2,870mm) wheelbase, compact overhangs (920mm front, 970mm rear) and low-set bonnet.

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The curves and flowing lines maintain a consistent tension in the sheet metal, through to a rear end that features slim, multi-layered lamps with a lighting effect that presents a sequential L motif. A rear diffuser and optional rear spoiler help manage airflow when driving at high speed. The wheels are 20-inch machined cast aluminium or optional 21-inch forged aluminium.

Learn more: Interior design of the Lexus LC 500
Learn more: Chassis of the Lexus LC 500
Learn more: Powertrain of the Lexus LC 500

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