Lexus LC500 coupe subtly updated for 2020

Before the new LC Convertible and LC-F arrive, Lexus has applied some subtle upgrades to the coupe

Lexus has announced its highly underrated LC500 coupe will undergo a few subtle changes for the 2020 model year. It comprises a revised suspension tune, recalibrated powertrain software and some new trim options, all of which will also be found on the incoming LC500 Convertible that was revealed last year.

The new suspension tune comprises both mechanical and calibration changes, with new lower front wishbones, a hollow anti-roll bar and new coils. These new components have not only improved the ride quality, but also reduced unsprung weight by nearly 10kg. Specify the forged 21-inch wheel option and that weight saving is even greater. To improve front-end agility, Lexus’s engineers have also firmed up the rear anti-roll bar and integrated a new torque-vectoring-by-braking system into the ESP system – both of which combine with the LC’s rear-wheel-steering system on high-specification models.

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The LC500’s ten-speed automatic transmission has also been given a refresh, with new shift software that holds on to the chosen ratio for longer under high throttle inputs. The 5-litre V8 engine is otherwise unchanged, which is no bad thing. Hybrid LC500h models have also been given a freshen up, dropping a further ratio down to improve response from the 3.5-litre atmospheric V6 hybrid powertrain.

Subtle colour and trim changes freshen up the palette, comprising three new exterior shades, a new red leather interior option replacing the dark burgundy finish that’s optional in the current car, and fresh orange Alcantara interior inserts. Bigger news in the cabin is the adoption of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; usually these don’t blip our radar, but considering the LC’s irritating infotainment user interface it’s a very worthy update.

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The coupe will arrive in the UK later in the summer, but it’s not the only new LC coming in 2020, with both a cabriolet (which we’ve already seen) and a new flagship LC-F (which we’ve not) due complete with bespoke powertrain and chassis upgrades to finally make best use of the LC’s sweet chassis.

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