Lexus announced last Monday that the first new LC luxury coupes for the European market have entered production. According to the company, the LC will be manufactured on a transformed version of its Motomachi plant in Japan that was used to produce the LFA supercar.
“Production of the new LC marks a revolutionary step for Lexus, not only in achieving an unprecedented synergy between its design and engineering teams, but also in helping establish the company as a global luxury brand that reaches beyond the manufacture of prestige vehicles,” Lexus Europe said.
Lexus says that in addition to being assembled in the same facility as the LFA, the LC benefits from similar composite manufacturing that was used to develop for the production of its hand-crafted supercar. These include the use resin transfer molding (RTM) for the production of CFRP sheet molding compounds.
By adapting RTM for volume production, the company has been able to incorporate CFRP in key areas of the LC, including the inner panels of the doors and trunk, which makes a significant contribution to reducing the car’s weight. Specifically, the LC has a 52:48 weight distribution ratio, which automotive pundits have praised. Lexus adds that an optional CFRP roof is available in place of the vehicle’s traditional glass. Aluminum is used for the hood, and steel is only seen in the rear fenders.
According to the company, by combining CFRP, aluminum and steel, it was able to create “the stiffest unibody Lexus has ever produced.”
The LC is scheduled to arrive in European showrooms in August.