Lexus has announced upgrades for its sports flagship LC coupe in the North American market, and while local details are still to be revealed, a Lexus Australia spokesperson has confirmed we can expect to learn more in the coming months.
While the changes remain relatively minor for the US model, revisions have been made to the model's infotainment, colour palette options, suspension, driver aid tech, and transmission mapping.
For the first time in the US, the LC’s 10.3-inch infotainment screen will host Android Auto and Apple Carplay as standard, whereas Australian-delivered models have had the upgrade since November last year.
‘Cadmium Orange’ and ‘Nori Green Pearl’ colours join the exterior colour range, while the ‘Rioja Red’ interior option has been replaced with ‘Flare Red’.
Underneath, the 2021 LC will get its 20-inch alloy wheels in a new ‘Dark Graphite’ finish, with lightweight aluminium lower control arms and revised coil springs also fitted. Tying the suspension together, tubular (hollow) anti-sway bars will replace solid units currently used.
The revisions result in a total of 10kg of unsprung weight saved, resulting in improved handling and responsiveness.
Complementing the suspension upgrades, the 2021 LC also gains a new ‘Active Cornering Function’, able to individually brake inside-turning wheels to increase vehicle rotation mid-corner.
Putting this improved handling to better use, updates have been made to computer mapping of the 10-speed transmission to help keep the engine operating in its optimal zone. For the 351kW 5.0-litre V8 LC500, this will mean "improved shift logic". For the LC500h's 264kW hybridised 3.5-litre V6, this means a 'hybrid shift timing update'.
Watch for more on Australian availability of the updated LC to come in the months ahead.