Lexus will be bringing the Limited Edition version of its LC coupe with its bright yellow paintwork and yellow suede interior inserts to this year’s Paris Motor Show.
The Limited Edition will feature the LC’s naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 340kW, along with a number of exclusive interior and exterior design cues to tempt buyers into parting with over $104 000 (roughly R1 397 760).
As well as that fabulously exclusive yellow paint job, the exterior will also feature 21-inch forged alloy wheels and an active spoiler made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, which automatically deploys at speeds above 80km/h. On the inside the Limited Edition differentiates itself from the regular LC with bright yellow Alcantara inserts in the doors and black and white dominating the rest of the interior.
Though the production run will be pretty small, there will still be an element of choice for buyers as the Limited Edition LC coupé will be available as a regular 500 or as a 500h hybrid. The LC is designed as a rival to the Mercedes-Benz SL, and this limited run model is based on the Sport+ specification. And though the price is yet to be announced it’s bound to come at a hefty premium above what the Sport+ model costs, so a hybrid version could easily set you back in excess of that €90 000 (roughly R1 400 400).
But it certainly won’t cost anywhere near as much as the previous Spectra Blue Limited Edition LC. The paint for that model took inspiration from the morpho butterfly, native to North and South America. It’s renowned for the shimmering blue of its wings even though they are colourless – the blue is created by light hitting the microscopic lattice surface of the delicate wings.
At first, it seemed recreating that effect would require using a pigment with 40 separate layers, but eventually it was managed with just a seven-layer structure. That’s still an incredibly expensive process, which added a five-figure sum to the starting price of that car. – AFP Relaxnews