Lexus has updated the LC 500 family for 2022 with highlights including handling enhancements and customization options. The updated models will arrive at U.S. dealerships by the end of this year, with a starting MSRP of $93,050.
|LC 500||5.0L V8||$93,050|
|LC 500h||3.5L V6||$99,050|
|LC 500 Convertible||5.0L V8||$101,100|
For 2022, Lexus is offering the first-ever Bespoke Build that allows buyers to configure their LC 500 with a mix of performance and styling components. The Bespoke Build is based on the Sport Package and is available on LC 500 and LC 500h models. It includes Torsen limited-slip rear differential, Yamaha rear performance damper, performance brake pads and Intuitive Parking Assist. Visual elements would include wheels, spoiler, carbon fibre roof, and exterior/interior accents and colors. The Sport Package itself comes with a glass roof, 21-inch forged alloy wheels with polished finish, and gloss black accents.
As for the dynamic updates, Lexus said that the “front and rear suspension settings have been optimized to enhance ground contact feel, linear steering response and steering effectiveness in the high cornering G range.” This suspension enhancement results in nimbler vehicle handling and a sharper connection between driver and vehicle, the luxury marque added. The LC 500 Convertible gets refinement to its Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The system continually adjusts damping control in response to driving and road surface conditions, with the ability to adjust to 650 different levels of damping force.
Key features in the cockpit include a 10.3-inch touchscreen; Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility, and the Lexus Climate Concierge with Upper Body Heating functionality for the LC 500 Convertible. The Lexus Safety System+ suite of safety and ADAS comes standard on every LC 500 model.
The LC 500 is powered by a 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine that pumps out 351 kW (477 metric hp) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque, good enough to dispatch the car from 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 4.4 seconds (4.6 seconds in Convertible). The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The LC 500h powertrain combines a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two electric motors for a system output of 264 kW (359 metric hp). The engine and motors are coupled with a strange hybrid transmission that combines a 4-speed automatic transmission and a CVT to simulate 10-speeds. The battery pack fits between the rear seats and the luggage compartment; it comprises 84 cells producing 310.8-volts.