It is an essential quality of Lexus that every model in its range is subject to continuous improvement, with engineers constantly exploring ways to hone and enhance every detail. This painstaking approach has delivered the new 2021 model year Lexus LC, marking an evolution in the luxury motoring qualities of our flagship coupe.
Detailed refinements reinforce the connection between driver and machine, enhance ride and handling, offer new styling choices and upgrade the capabilities of the multimedia system.
2021 Lexus LC: key changes
Changes implemented for the 2021 LC further sharpen the coupe’s performance. Significantly, the car’s unsprung weight has been reduced by almost ten kilos, accomplished principally with changes to the suspension. This includes the use of aluminium lower arms, hollow anti-roll bars with a revised diameter and a new high-strength material for the coil springs. Where specified, the 21-inch forged alloy wheels also have a lighter construction.
Once the weight-savings had been made, the focus moved to updating the rest of the chassis to give the driver a stronger feel of the road. The electronic front shock absorbers were adjusted to give a longer and smoother stroke, while rear anti-roll bar rigidity was increased to improve turn-in performance and provide more linear steering input, again helping make the driver feel more connected to the road.
For better vehicle control in mid- to high-speed ranges, the Vehicle Stability Control system has gained a new Active Cornering Assist function. This helps control cornering by providing braking to the inner wheels in line with lateral vehicle acceleration and G-forces experienced in spirited driving.
Responsiveness has been improved with software adjustments across a number of vehicle systems, including the Variable Gear Ratio Steering, Dynamic Rear Steering and Electric Power Steering. And in typical Lexus attention to detail, even the surface of the brake pedal has been revised to give a better feel.
An additional new safety feature is that the transmission will automatically revert to ‘Park’ if the driver gets out of the vehicle without having shifted to the ‘P’ position.
2021 Lexus LC: transmission updates
Lexus has made changes to the logic patterns in the LC 500’s ten-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. The aim is to improve day-to-day driving in what its engineers refer to as the ‘active zone’ – commonly where drivers are using the 50-70% throttle range. The transmission now allows engine revs to increase within the range to heighten the feeling of acceleration before shifting into the next gear.
The downshifting mode in the LC 500h’s Multi Stage Hybrid System has also been updated. It is now programmed to downshift to second rather than third for smoother operation and more robust acceleration out of sharp bends.
2021 Lexus LC: colour ways
Exterior colour choices include Blazing Carnelian, which is new for the 2021 model year, and Terrane Khaki, previously reserved for the LC Limited Edition. Other shades include F Sport White, Cadoxtan Slate, Sonic Silver, Sonic Titanium, Velvet Black, Graphite Black, Sonic Red, Naples Yellow and Deep Blue.
The interior colour schemes for the 2021 model year include new Flare Red leather and Manhattan Orange Alcantara options, the former replacing the previous Dark Rose. Other leather shades include Black and Ochre.
2021 Lexus LC: updated multimedia
The LC’s multimedia features are controlled via a 10.3-inch high-resolution screen with a split-screen facility that allows different functions, including audio and climate controls, to be viewed and operated simultaneously.
For the 2021 model year, all LC models are equipped as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing for easy, wireless smartphone integration and access to popular apps for navigation, entertainment and messaging.
With Android Auto, Google Assistant can be activated to provide tailored information based on the user’s calendar, previous activity and established preferences.
Apple CarPlay allows customers to access the familiar iPhone interface through the vehicle’s multimedia display. An iPhone can be connected to obtain journey directions, make calls, send and receive messages via Siri, and gain access to apps such as Spotify, Audible and Apple podcasts.
In the UK, pricing is to be announced at the beginning of May, ahead of the first cars being delivered to customers from July 2020 (local conditions permitting).