LC 500 showcases future design direction of LEXUS at NAIAS 2016
all images courtesy of LEXUS





at NAIAS 2016 in detroit, LEXUS revealed the brand’s future production direction with the  ‘LC 500’ luxury coupé. beyond its styling and impactful performance, the vehicle serves as a symbol of the achievement that results from collaborations between design and engineering groups. the production model shares many of the key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism of the concept cars that inspired it. the visual appeal is defined by an athletic aerodynamic shape, with curves, forms, a flowing carbon fibre roof to create a low, wide imposing stance that come together from a highly functional package.


the LEXUS ‘LC 500’ introduction
video courtesy of LEXUS




‘the LC 500 has been an important product for LEXUS and me personally,’ explains akio toyoda, chief branding officer and master driver for LEXUS. ‘a few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. this flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brands’ emotional direction, and will grow the LEXUS luxury appeal globally.’


the ‘LC 500’s’ front features lexus’ signature ‘spindle’ grille, bordered by chrome on three sides and a radical 3D mesh design. the daytime running lights rest below a triple LED headlamp unit specially designed to include thin projects to enable a low hood with a short front overhang. functional venting improves aerodynamic stability and cooling. the car’s profile is characterized by its fast, sloped roofline to the rear diffuser that helps manage airflow during performance driving.

lexus-LC-500-NAIAS-2016-designboom-02a 5.0 liter naturally aspirated V8 powers the ‘LC 500’




lexus engineers put considerable effort into creating an engaging atmosphere for the driver, focusing on details such as the size and angle of the steering wheel, the positioning of magnesium alloy paddle shifters, and surrounding surface materials. 


‘at an early stage, the designers collaborated with the engineers to understand their image for the LC 500’s driving dynamics, and they incorporated this into the design,’ explains tadao mori, chief designer of the ‘LC 500’.  ‘for example, we gave serious consideration to where the driver’s eyes would focus, and designed the surface shape in that area to help support a driver’s mindset. this project was one of the first times that designers were closely involved in the dynamic engineering development so we could understand the driving goals and support with the car’s design.’ 

lexus-LC-500-NAIAS-2016-designboom-03‘LC 500’ features lexus’ signature ‘spindle’ grille




the heart of the ‘LC 500’ is derived from the proven, high-revving 5.0 liter V8 found in the ‘RC F’ and ‘GS F’. the naturally aspirated all-aluminum V8 was selected for its smooth, linear throttle response and engine sound, with an output that targets 467 hp. a 10-speed automatic transmission helped endow the ‘LC 500’ with performance and agility uncommon for a four-person coupé with zero to 100 km/h in less than 4.5 seconds. with the ‘LC 500’, LEXUS wanted to create a symbol of evolving vehicle development culture that embraces heightened collaboration between design and engineering teams. 

lexus-LC-500-NAIAS-2016-designboom-05the 467 hp is delivered directly to the rear wheels lexus-LC-500-NAIAS-2016-designboom-06the 2 + 2 layout fits four passengers comfortable lexus-LC-500-NAIAS-2016-designboom-07akio toyoda, chief branding officer with the ‘LC 500’ at NAIAS 2015lexus-LC-500-NAIAS-2016-designboom-08the front interior layout  lexus-LC-500-NAIAS-2016-designboom-09the front seats offer lateral support during cornering