GALLERY: Lexus LC 500 in Malaysia – RM940,000

GALLERY: Lexus LC 500 in Malaysia – RM940,000

The Lexus LC 500 was launched in July this year, and now we’re providing you with an in-depth gallery showing you the ins and outs of the new Japanese luxury coupé. Priced at just under a million ringgit (RM940,000 on-the-road without insurance), it’s a competitor to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz SL, Aston Martin DB11, Maserati GranTurismo and the upcoming BMW 8 Series.

That’s some rarefied company, so it has to look absolutely stunning to stand out, and that it definitely is. The design was first shown on the LF-LC concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and the production version looks remarkably faithful to the low, lithe and swoopy show car.

Lexus went to great lengths to retain those supermodel looks. For instance, engineers spent six months redesigning the front suspension’s control arm geometry to achieve a low bonnet line, while the short front overhang necessitated the fitment of ultra-compact LED headlights.

GALLERY: Lexus LC 500 in Malaysia – RM940,000

At the front, the trademark spindle grille is finished in chrome and has a new mesh design – the visual tension changes as it stretches around the front of the car. Independent arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights add to the unique lighting signature created by the triple LED headlight units.

The sweeping roofline and a glasshouse that tapers towards the rear creates what Lexus says is a unique silhouette, with blacked out C-pillars resulting in a floating roof look. Chrome roof mouldings create a more elegant aesthetic, with the rear edges shaped to mimic a Japanese katana. Prominent haunches and a middle section that is pulled inward create a three-dimensional form reminiscent of the grille.

Moving to the rear of the car, the spindle grille outline is mirrored in lines that go around the tail lights, before moving outwards to follow the number plate recess and the outer edges of the tailpipes. The tail lights themselves feature mirrors to create a multi-reflection, three-dimensional series of L-shaped graphics. Massive 21-inch forged two-tone alloy wheels with striking polished spokes come as standard.

Aerodynamics was another major area Lexus worked on, with the goal of optimising driving dynamics while suppressing wind noise. To that end, there are small fins ahead of the door mirrors, ducts to direct air over the rear wheels, a flat underbody and an active rear spoiler that deploys at speeds above 80 km/h.

Step inside the 2+2 cabin and you’ll find a driver-focused cockpit, with a central spar separating the driver and passenger. The driver’s hip point is located as close as possible to the car’s centre of gravity, and Lexus claims that the low bonnet line, low-profile instrument panel (thanks to compact air vents) and slim A-pillars improve outward visibility despite the low driving position.

Other details include sports seats with increased bolstering and a two-part construction for improved holding and comfort, plus a distinctive TFT LCD instrument display with moving centre ring further developed from the one in the LFA. The screen has three display modes corresponding to the drive mode selected – Comfort, Sport and Sport+ – along with a gauge showing how economical your driving is in Eco mode.

GALLERY: Lexus LC 500 in Malaysia – RM940,000

Standard specification for the Malaysian market include a carbon fibre roof for a lower centre of gravity, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control with Nanoe air purification, leather and Alcantara upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation and a navigation system with a 10.3-inch screen, Lexus’ Remote Touch touchpad and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.

Safety-wise, there are six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, rear ISOFIX child seat anchors, a blind spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), a tyre pressure monitoring system, a reverse camera and a pop-up bonnet to improve pedestrian safety. However, we don’t get the Lexus Safety System + suite of driver assists available in other markets.

Under the bonnet sits the 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 from the RC F and GS F. Fitted with VVT-i and D-4S direct injection, it can switch between Atkinson and regular Otto cycles, and features forged connecting rods and titanium valves that allow it to spin up to 7,300 rpm. There’s also a dual intake inlet to improve breathing and engine note, along with a double torsion damper on the crank pulley for reduced noise and vibration.

The result is 470 hp at 7,100 rpm and 540 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm, sent to the rear wheels through a Direct Shift 10-speed automatic transmission with AI Shift. This technology enables the gearbox to adapt the shift pattern based on its estimate of the driver’s preferences and intentions. The torque converter also has full-range lock-up control, delivering a more direct feel.

The headline figures are therefore as such – the LC 500 sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 270 km/h. On the other end of the spectrum, fuel consumption is rated at 11.5 litres per 100 km on the European NEDC cycle.

Built on the new Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform, the LC features a rigid body using a mix of regular, high- and ultra-high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fibre. To improve weight distribution, the front-mounted engine has been moved 50 mm rearward, and the spare wheel has been replaced by run-flat tyres, allowing the battery to be relocated to the rear and the boot to be made larger (it’s still only 197 litres).

A lower centre of gravity has enabled engineers to reduce roll angle without stiffening the springs and ruining the ride – the result is controlled body motion and precise, linear response, contributing to a smoother driving experience, particularly when cornering or changing lanes.

Suspension is via multilink front and rear systems, with the front gaining an optimal arm design for improved steering feedback, while the rear receiving a low-mount configuration with precisely defined arm locations for ideal high-stability steering characteristics. Double ball joints on the control arms allow for finer movement control, optimised suspension geometry and more precise steering response.

Lastly, there’s Lexus Dynamic Handling that uses Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), Active Rear Steering (ARS) and electric power steering to enhance steering response and a more direct feel in high-speed cornering, providing increased security. There’s also a limited-slip differential for more stable mid-corner acceleration, working with the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and ARS to reduce understeer and oversteer.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Borang on Nov 29, 2017 at 9:08 am

    940K car doesn’t have the full safety suite and driver assist, bunch of cheapskates.

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  • I saw this at Rawang I guess was around last weekend, probably was this exact unit and exact test as I can see this being shot at the Kuala Kubu Bahru Dam. Photos kinda hazy, is that an editing problem?

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    • Jonathan Lee (Member) on Nov 29, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      That would’ve been us, yes.

      As for the photos, it’s been edited by our photographer Patrick Seow – it’s a break from his (and our) usual style. It’s probably not to everyone’s tastes, but hopefully it gives a unique spin on such a unique car.

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      • Ah I see, was around 2pm I recall, gets jam around that time but the roads around Rawang are personally a great driving roads once emptied.

        Anyways as to the photography style, the editing works on some photos and dosent at some, perhaps the lack of contrast place a part as usually hazy photos like this suits cloudy weather and a cooler temperature tone, but some part really captures the unique detail of the LC, and I really appreciate it, and the running shot is wallpaper material…. Just a personal opinion, passed it to Mr Patrick, its an awesome job nontheless.

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  • Wait till hennessey puts 2 turbochargers inside , still maintain the stock looks, then it’ll be sensational

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  • the pictures have such a 70’s filter, it suits the car’s interior colour very well because that is the era it belongs in.

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  • this Lexus priced at US$96,510 only, and that’s before dealer’s discount.

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    • ex-VGM staff on Nov 29, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      when it is new CBU plus high capacity engine, it attracts the highest tax possible.

      you know Jaguar F Type? that one also over 1 million ringgit.

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  • Medic on Nov 29, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Kereta mampu tengok

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  • arowana on Nov 29, 2017 at 9:27 am

    why the photos are like coming out from the 80’s?

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  • Bernard on Nov 29, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Suitable for a developed country with a developed population….

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  • AutoFrenz (the original) on Nov 29, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Stunning…luxury at its best..only for the select few who only want the best in their lives…

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  • Rightwinger on Nov 29, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Not really a fan of Lexus current design, but have to admit this one’s pretty good.

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  • potato on Nov 29, 2017 at 10:57 am

    hmm, wonder anyone would spend nearly 1mil on a Lexus or just get a 2nd hand Ferrari/Lambo instead?

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    • cendol (Member) on Nov 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      it means you are not their market of customers. work harder in life.

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  • alamak on Nov 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

    alamak, everything looking so good until i spotted that square aircond vent design…

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  • Proton oh Proton on Nov 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    The pictures color looks weird…

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  • Chris on Nov 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    What is up with the photo filter used for a new car?

    Just show us the car’s glorious red paint!

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  • Wait for the facelifted version. I want Lexus Safety System + suite as standard for malaysian variant. Or wait for the LC F with twin turbo V8 that makes 0-100km/h 3 sec or under and noise like LF-A.

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  • Malaysia Sungguh Boleh on Nov 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    This Lexus stands absolutely no chance for the new TTRS and will be chased by any A45 and Golf-R on the road.

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  • You guys need to edit the photos.

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  • Ben Yap on Nov 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    picture colours so washed-off.

    lens rosak is it?

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  • Jonn Dol on Nov 29, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    In terms of presence, this car is right up there with the latest crop of the Euro GTs. But a more powerful version is a must (perhaps a turbocharged version with at least 550+bhp) to make it a real competitor to the top Euro GTs.

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  • colourblind on Nov 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    The photos seems lack of contrast?

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Nov 29, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    so much class

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  • Look like scan image from brochure…..

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  • 940k? I will buy other cars with these money. Lexus, car is good but still got a lot to catch up with competitors.

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  • johnnas on Dec 04, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    my friend,

    your statement shows either you’re just a keyboard warrior with wishy-washy imagination or you’re just another Continental rocks only guy.

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  • Irritated on Feb 28, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Can u actually speak with a normal slang? Pls.. I can’t even finish watching it bcos of u

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