The same Takumi who built the LFA will be building the LC 500
Lexus has a reputation for building great cars renowned for their luxury, style and reliability. Lexus is also becoming increasingly known for their beautiful interiors. This is increasingly becoming the case since they unveiled both the LC luxury coupe concept and production models at the American International Auto Show in Detroit this year and last.
“Takumi” craftspeople have become popular of late as the people who assemble the Nissan GT-R. Lexus has their own “takumi” craftpeople and one of them recently shared what it was like to work on the team responsible for the interiors in the upcoming LC.
Many of the same people and production techniques that built the LFA are making their way to the assembly line for the upcoming LC. “The LC will be built at the Motomachi plant, the same factory where we produced the LFA and some of the Takumi who worked on that model are now working exclusively on the new coupe,” said Lexus Takumi Koji Sato. “This way, we have been able to tap into their knowledge and experience in areas such as the carbon fiber components, leatherwork and hand-finishing.”
When looking at the LC’s cabin, every surface will be lined with upholstery such as Alcantara or leather that will be accented with creative stitching and small perforations, adding a custom touch.
The interior of the LC is not only designed to be beautiful but rather ergonomic as well. Takumi Koji Sato explains that a “Takumi” master driver spent a lot of time driving prototypes to ensure that everything was perform. To demonstrate attention to detail, a tester would refine the profile of the steering wheel to come up with an elliptical grip that would best fit in the driver’s hands.
Two version of the LC have been unveiled, a V8-powered LC500 and a V6-based hybrid LC500h. The LC 500 has the familiar 5.0-liter V8, producing 467 horsepower driven to the rear wheels through a 10-speed transmission.
The LC 500h integrates a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid system. Oriented towards performance, it incorporates an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) and a multi-gear transmission that will provide the driver with a sporty shift feel.