Special coupe is very, very blue
Lexus has announced details of its new LC Morphic Blue Limited Edition, which brings a unique blue colour scheme inside and out amongst other special appointments.
Starting at $192,500 before on-road costs, the special-edition coupe is $2500 more than the 'standard' version, and is available in both LC500 V8 and LC500h V6 hybrid variants.
Headlining the Morphic Blue Limited Edition is its exterior finish – Morphic Blue, naturally – which the company says is the product of 15 years of "painstaking advanced technology research" to develop a finish that is "deeper, more lustrous and more blue" than any similar colour seen before it.
The hue is inspired by the "shimmering blue wings" of the American Morpho butterfly, and incorporates 300 billion tiny nano-structure pigment flakes that Lexus claims generate iridescence – giving the impression that the colour is constantly changing with the light.
In order to produce the Morphic Blue paint, Lexus undertakes 12 production steps and 20 quality inspections, then applies it in seven layers. The company claims the paint reflects nearly 100 per cent of light as visible blue colour, where conventional pigment paints only reflect around 50 per cent.
Furthermore, like the butterfly's wings, the full visual effect works on the human eye – so the supplied images apparently don't do it justice.
While the exterior finish is the headlining act, the LC Morphic Blue special also features a bespoke cabin trimmed in a 'Chrysalis Blue' colour scheme which combines orange, blue and white surfaces.
There's lashings of semi-aniline leather and Alcantara throughout, and there's an extra touch of exclusivity in the form of carbon-fibre scuff plates.
Being a limited edition, you'd expect the production run to be capped, however Lexus Australia has confirmed the vehicle will be available until around the fourth quarter of 2018.
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