Lexus Australia has confirmed the updated LC Coupe will arrive locally in June followed by the Convertible late this year.
Headlining the changes to the LC Coupe is a series of powertrain and suspension upgrades.
The 351kW 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine in the LC500, and the 264kW 3.5-litre V6 hybrid in the LC500h are carried over, though both models benefit from revised transmission set-ups.
According to Lexus, the LC500's 10-speed automatic transmission features enhanced logic patterns to target gear upshifts at higher engine speeds when 60-70 per cent throttle is applied.
The CVT in the hybrid model is now able to downshift to second gear (previously third) when braking in Sport S and Sport S+ modes, the company says this provides more immediate acceleration out of a corner during spirited driving.
Other changes included a front lower control arm of the LC that is now produced from 1.65kg-lighter forged aluminium for improved steering feel, while the second front control arm gets an altered front rebound spring rate and an optimised stabiliser bar for a smoother ride.
The front and rear coil springs have been strengthened and the shock-absorber length for the standard Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) has been modified, with new control-software parameters for greater control.
Rear roll rigidity distribution has also been tweaked, making it easier for the driver to feel the vehicle's posture through corners. There’s also revised rear spring rates, a hollow stabiliser bar and 0.7kg-lighter 21-inch alloy wheels.
The 2020 model year LC also debuts a Yamaha developed performance damper that better absorbs twists and quells body vibrations during hard driving.
Active Cornering Assist (ACA), which utilises the vehicle stability control to provide subtle braking of the inside wheels during high-G cornering is now standard.
An updated version of the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system is part of the Enhancement Pack option, the new set-up features revised tuning of the front and rear-wheel steering to support high-speed stability and manoeuvrability at lower speeds.
On the inside, a steering-wheel heater is now standard along with an 'easy access' front seat slide function.
Carnelian and Khaki Metal become permanent additions to the exterior colour palette, while Flare Red with black and red trim and Manhattan Henge with black and sunset-coloured trim are offered for the cabin.
Full specs and pricing for the LC Coupe and Convertible will be announced closer to their launch dates.
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