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Meet the updated Lexus LC 500 – what a beauty!

Available in a V8-powered engine, the LC 500 remains one of Lexus’ most iconic and future-leading models. The 2020 model grade improvements ensure that LC customers experience the vehicle as a true driver’s car and at the same time, experience Lexus luxury.

Already on sale, the 2020 LC 500 boasts fairly notable specification changes, aimed at offering customers quality drives and even more ‘amazing experiences’ every time they’re on the road. The changes mainly include interior and technology-focused upgrades that are sure to impress any Lexus customer and fan alike. 


LC 500 features a 351kW high-performance V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission. Upon start up, exhaling through the variable Active Exhaust, the 5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 issues a clarion call to driving enthusiasts. The LC 500 can sprint from zero to 100km/h in less than 4.7 seconds.  

This 5-litre V8 is a well-proven performance engine, with a low-mass reciprocating assembly using lightweight forged connecting rods, along with titanium intake and exhaust valves to allow a 7,300-rpm redline. 

Under acceleration, the LC 500 V8 reveals its character in a continuously rising power curve, with the maximum power of 351kW developed at 7,100rpm and the torque peak of 540Nm at 4,800rpm. 

The V8 is a ‘good citizen’, switching to the Atkinson cycle to enhance fuel efficiency at cruising speeds and Otto cycle for higher performance levels when accelerating. 


In the cabin, the 2020 LC 500 comes standard with the functionality of the new 17MM+ high resolution audio. The new audio includes the standard USB Audio, DAB phase driver, Miracast, Smartphone linking, as well as Apple Car Play® and Android Auto.


Lexus designers enjoy the freedom of developing new colours – Blazing Carnelian, Manhattan Orange and Terrane Khaki.  These colours join a Lexus palette of 30 different shades featured across its model ranges. The collection already includes the striking Flare Yellow, produced for the LC, and advanced metallic finishes, such as Sonic Silver and Sonic Titanium.


The 2020 LC 500 retails for R 2 031 200. Lexus’ best-in-class 7-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan is standard for all petrol Lexus models. This approach illustrates the belief Lexus has in its vehicles’ master craftsmanship and outstanding build quality. Vehicle service intervals are pegged at every 15 000km, alternatively once a year.

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