For now, the updated Lexus LC is only available in Japan.
The Lexus LC is already a stunning, sharp-handling, and luxurious sports car, but it just got even better. In Japan, Lexus has rolled out a surprise update for the flagship sports car that improves the handling and adds some new color options. Available exclusively for the LC Convertible, the main highlight is a new stunning Marine Blue color option for the retractable roof and interior.
Inside, the blue finish adorns the steering wheel, the upper dashboard, gear selector, and door panels. Combined with white leather upholstery and a white exterior, the new color theme looks very swish, complementing the LC 500's lavish styling.
Lexus has also added two new options to the LC 500's color palette in Japan including a new silver Sonic Iridium finish. Previously only available for the convertible, the LC 500 coupe can now be finished in Terrain Khaki Mica Metallic. New orange brake calipers are also available for both body styles along with 21-inch polished black wheels for coupes equipped with the L Package.
In addition, Lexus has adjusted the coil springs, dampers, and stabilizers to improve the LC's cornering ability and ride quality. To make the LC more responsive, Lexus has also tweaked the settings of the variable gear ratio and dynamic rear steering systems.
In Japan, the updated LC will go on sale later this year. The coupe will retail for ¥13,270,000 ($118,700), while the convertible will start at ¥14,770,000 ($132,000). Under the hood, the Lexus LC Coupe and Convertible are powered by a 5.0-liter V8 rated at 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission. The LC coupe is also available as a hybrid with a 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor generating a combined 354 hp.
We'll have to wait and see if any of these updates to the Lexus LC 500 come to US models. We're also still waiting for the long-awaited hardcore LC F to arrive and fill the void of the beloved LFA, but a recent report suggests the hardcore variant may never happen.