The LC is built on the new GA-L platform (for "Global Architecture--Luxury"), which also underpins the 2022 LS sedan, and which Lexus plans to use in forthcoming front engine/rear-drive models. The front end is instantly recognizable as a Lexus thanks to its spindle grille. The rest of the car's dramatic lines flow from there and create a stunning look no matter the angle. Meanwhile, the LC's underbody is completely flat and incorporates the rear muffler as a diffuser, all which aids in aerodynamic stability at speed.
Power for the LC 500 comes from a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 that can wind all the way up to a 7,100-rpm redline. Output is rated at 471-horsepower, with peak torque of 398 lb-ft. Power is put to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission, with magnesium paddles for manual shifting. Drive Mode Select allows the driver to customize the LC's throttle, transmission, and suspension responsiveness depending on the situation. When navigating the system, drivers can also adjust the exhaust sounds thanks to Active Exhaust.
Lexus claims the LC will hit 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
In the LC 500h, the Multi Stage Hybrid System pairs a 3.5L V6 gasoline engine with two electric motors, for a combined 354 horsepower. Also paired in the LC 500h is a planetary-type continuously variable transmission as well as a 4-speed automatic. The two units work in harmony to amplify the V6 output over the entire rev range.
The LC 500 and LC 500h come in one trim each, and standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, automatic high beams, auto-dimming, heated and power folding mirrors and a SmartAccess keyless entry system with push button start.
Inside, the cars feature a power tilt/telescoping leather steering wheel, an 10.3-inch driver information screen with Lexus' Enform system, adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated leather 8-way power front seats, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, an integrated navigation system and a 12-speaker audio system that includes HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision System, Vehicle Sway Warning account for the LC's advanced safety features, along with a total of 8 airbags in the coupe and 6 in the convertible.
Available upgrades include 21-inch forged alloy wheels, a heads-up display and Intuitive Parking Assist on the coupes. A Touring Package adds upgraded leather upholstery, a faux suede headliner on the coupes, Intuitive Parking Assist and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. An All-Weather Package adds a heated leather steering wheel on all models and a windshield wiper de-icer to the coupes. A Sport Package on the coupes adds simulated suede and leather front and rear seats along with sport front bucket seats and performance brake pads. A second Sport Package adds a carbon fiber roof. A Performance Package on the coupes includes a carbon fiber roof, carbon fiber door scuff plates, simulated suede and leather seats, sport front bucket seats, Active Rear Steering, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, a speed-activated power rear spoiler, a limited slip rear differential and a simulated suede headliner.