Hot from the launch floor, Lexus Malaysia has officially launched the all-new Lexus LC 500 into our local market.
Introducing the new LC 500 to the Malaysian market, Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMW Toyota Motor, said, “The all-new Lexus LC 500 is the latest model to join the Lexus range offered in Malaysia, now totalling nine models. Unveiled at the beginning of the year, the LC 500 has amazed the world with its design and advanced technical features that give it supercar performance.”
“It is such an amazing car that many people want to own it and the Lexus order book has filled up very quickly. In Japan, orders for the LC have already exceeded the annual sales goal of 600 units by three times! Although demand has been strong since it was officially launched in March this year, Lexus Malaysia, being an official importer and distributor, also has an allocation so we are able to offer the new model here as well,” he said, adding that the company expects to sell around 10 units in 2017.
The LC takes its place as the flagship model of the high-performance Lexus range, alongside the LS which is the flagship of the sedan range. Inspired by the LF-LC concept car displayed in 2012, development of the LC was inspired and guided by Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation’s President, who also personally tested prototypes.
The all-new LC 500 is powered by a high-revving 5.0-litre V8 that is found in the RC F and GS F. The naturally aspirated V8 engine churns out a total output of 467hp and 527Nm of torque. This allows the LC 500 to achieve a 0 to 100 km/h time in 4.5 seconds. Helping power transfer to the rear wheels is a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission.
With the new LC, Lexus has also adopted a new platform that defines the brand strategy. Known as the GA–L (Global Architecture – Luxury), this platform also forms the foundation for the latest generation of the LS sedan. The platform is designed to provide a high degree of product development freedom so it can be used for coming generations of front engine/rear-wheel drive Lexus models.
“The LC is produced at the same factory which made the LFA and many of the Lexus Takumi master craftsmen who built the LFA were assigned to join the LC production teams. They contributed a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly in areas such as the handling of carbon fibre components, and hand-finishing to ensure the very highest quality,” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.
Priced from RM940,000 (excluding insurance), the LC 500 is available with a choice of 11 exterior colours and 3 interior colour themes. Each LC 500 comes with warranty coverage for 5 years with unlimited mileage and during the first 5 years or 100,000 kms (whichever comes first), scheduled servicing is provided free of charge to owners.