Lexus LC Production For Europe Kicks Off At Motomachi, Formerly Home To The LFA

Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus has started producing the LC at an exclusive new assembly line at Motomachi, Japan, which used to be home to the LFA supercar.

Destined for the European market, the units built here are put together “by a team of specially selected and trained Takumi craftspeople”, as the automaker explained, each of them having an average time of almost 20 minutes for their tasks.

Culminating with a new glass-walled boot, where every part of the car’s bodywork is subjected to intense examination under a battery of LED lights, the new assembly line also has an area for inspecting the exhaust silencer, which is surrounded by thicker glass panels, so that employees can detect even the slightest sound abnormality.

And since it sits in the same spot where the LFA used to be assembled, albeit reshaped and made all-white to help engineers maintain focus on their work, the Lexus LC also benefits from a number of technologies that were first developed for the aforementioned supercar. These include the Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) for the production of the CFRP material, which serves a major role in reducing the vehicle’s weight.

Available with two powertrains – the V8 LC or hybrid LC 500h, the first units of the car will arrive in European showrooms in August. Prices start from £76,595 ($99,785), in the United Kingdom.

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  • Akira

    I don’t care that this isn’t the fastest car for 100k, it’s just striking. Noone buys a S class coupe or a BMW 650i for the quarter mile. I am however very disappointed that apparently we don’t get the incredible tri-tone white blue and orange interior in Europe.

  • notthistimecobber

    They go to all this effort with their vehicles Lexus yet with “most” models just can’t entice many buyers….

    • Bash

      If you have the money, would you buy this? as a second car. i would love to have this in black on red interior in my garage!

      • notthistimecobber

        Actually I would as this is not anything like regular Lexus models

        • Bash

          You are right to the money my friend, that is exactly my thought. Thumb up!

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s a mess, styling-wise. They really blew it on the details. Those headlights are ridiculous. The interior looks like the 1980s.

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