Power, meet grace. While the LC 500 vehicle family has always reflected a marriage of exhilarating performance with exquisite design, the 2022 model only moves that needle forward. By adding the Bespoke Build and the Inspiration Series, guests have more options than ever before to make certain their LC 500 speaks to their spirit — and communicates it to the world.

Here are six things to know about the 2022 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h:

The Ultimate Lexus Driving Signature

When Lexus Driving Signature was introduced in 2020, the goal was to build vehicles that seamlessly integrate a driver’s intentions with vehicle performance. Through a variety of dynamic handling characteristics, inside and out, the LC 500 and LC 500h precisely realize this vision.

Front and rear suspension settings have been optimized to enhance ground contact-feel and responsiveness and cornering — both keys to a luxurious driving experience. The available LC 500 sport package includes numerous performance upgrades, including Torsen limited-slip rear differential with a Yamaha® performance damper. The Lexus Driving Signature also extends to the interior with Alcantara-trimmed seats that provide drivers with added comfort as they navigate the twists and turns of their next adventure.

Bespoke Customization from Top to Bottom

With Lexus’ Bespoke Build customization, guests can personalize their LC 500 or LC 500h to fit their character. From wheels and spoiler style to the exterior and interior trim, choosing from a wide variety of options will be the only challenge guests face when making the vehicle feel completely their own. Among the many colors available on every LC 500 and LC 500h model, the Bespoke Build exclusively offers the available Manhattanhenge interior color — a tone named for the distinctive orange glow of the New York City skyline. Other options include a carbon fiber roof and 21-inch forged alloy wheels with an elegant black finish.

Every LC 500 Bespoke Build comes with a unique interior badge and a certificate of authenticity printed on Japanese washi paper.

An Effortless Multimedia Experience

What’s an extravagant drive without the right music to set the tone? From Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility to Amazon Alexa integration, drivers have the option to control the multimedia system — and its 10.3-inch high-res split screen — in a variety of ways. By connecting to an iPhone®, drivers can use Siri® to make calls and access apps like Spotify and Audible. By connecting an Android phone to the vehicle’s interface, drivers can play music, send messages on WhatsApp®, access Google Maps™ and command Google Assistant with their voice. If Alexa is their preferred virtual assistant, drivers can get on-the-go recommendations and easily listen to music or news briefings. With compatible smart-home devices, drivers can even set the lights just right and have the music playing in their home before they pull into the driveway.

Efficient Hybrid Power

As the first-ever Lexus Multistage Hybrid, the LC 500h seamlessly integrates two electric motors with a gasoline engine, providing up to 10 ratios (in M mode) for a highly responsive and powerful drive feel. A continuously variable transmission, thanks to Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive, and a unique four-speed automatic transmission work together to help generate greater drive power when accelerating. Remarkably, the combined system output is 354 horsepower and generates greater drive power when accelerating. That equals all the speed drivers expect from their Lexus vehicles on much less fuel.

An Array of Remote Capabilities

Functionality doesn’t stop when drivers exit the vehicle. With Lexus Enform Remote (three-year trial subscription included), drivers can unlock doors and start the engine using a smartphone, smartwatch or Amazon Alexa device. They can even control the climate remotely to ensure they always step into a vehicle that has been optimized for comfort. And with the Lexus app, drivers receive automatic alerts for factory-recommended maintenance, enhanced by push notifications, to make certain they don’t miss out on key service dates.

Endless Inspiration From a Limited Edition

For all the excitement the LC 500 and LC 500h provide, drivers looking to kick up the style can opt for the bold LC 500 Inspiration Series. The head-turning convertible is accented by black finishes on the grille, headlamp and taillamp, while the Dark Rose fabric top completes the Iridium exterior and melds seamlessly with a relaxing Dark Rose interior. The coupe model keeps the refined exterior finishes and adds an exclusive rear-air-wing spoiler to its sleek silhouette.

Every 2022 LC 500 Inspiration Series vehicle comes standard with a Mark Levinson 13-speaker 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio system to score every drive — even when the top is down. It also comes standard with a SmartAccess Key Card, which allows drivers to lock and unlock doors, open the trunk and start the car without ever taking the key out of their pocket.

The 2022 LC 500 Inspiration Series is limited to just 150 units, denoted by a unique serialized badge on the center console.

Find more information about the 2022 Lexus LC 500 here.

Originally published July 20, 2022

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