Lexus tweaks the LC’s suspension and transmission, makes the car lighter

Don’t expect a lot of aesthetic changes to this grand tourer, though
by Leandre Grecia | Apr 9, 2020
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Believe it or not, this is an updated Lexus LC you’re looking at. The only exterior changes here are the redesigned 20-inch forged alloy wheels. Sure, there are also new colors available in Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl—yes, same as the one we saw at the 2020 Singapore Motor Show—but these aren’t really telling signs of a refreshed model, are they?

The changes on the inside, however, are more visible. New Flare Red leather is present here, along with an updated infotainment system that now supports Android Auto in addition to its Apple CarPlay compatibility and Amazon Alexa integration.

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But the most notable change that the LC gets—at least on paper, that is—is its new suspension setup. This will provide an even smoother and softer ride. It’s also lighter too, which translates to a 10kg reduction in the LC’s overall weight.

When it comes to powertrain options, the LC500 and LC500h see no changes. The former still packs a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that generates 471 horses, while the latter gets a familiar hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors for a total system output of 354hp. The gearboxes, however, have been slightly tweaked.

The LC500’s 10-speed automatic sees logic changes and updates to its transmission timing, promising enhanced performance. The Multi-Stage Hybrid System on the LC500h, on the other hand, has its downshifting model updated, which means the car will now downshift into second gear instead of third when needed while accelerating.

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There are no other major changes apart from those mentioned. Basically, the new Lexus LC still looks every bit like the previous models on the outside but it promises a much more refined drive once it hits the road. 

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