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News Lexus Wants All Its Cars to Drive Like the LC

21:32  13 march  2018
21:32  13 march  2018 Source:   roadandtrack.com

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Now, Lexus wants all of its cars to have some of the dynamic flavor of the LC , and yes, that includes the new baby UX crossover it showed at Geneva. Of course, we don't expect a small crossover with a four-cylinder motor and a CVT to drive like the magnificent, rear- drive V8-powered LC 500—the UX

In its Super Bowl 51 ad , Lexus changed its longstanding marketing tagline. Lexus is no longer, “ The Pursuit of Perfection ,” but now it wants you to “Experience Amazing.” That said, it still looks very much like the LF- LC concept . Concept car looks aren’t hyperbolic on this Lexus .

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The Lexus LC drives as good as it looks, which is to say that it drives really well. In fact, it's probably our favorite Lexus since the LFA, which in case you forgot, cost nearly four times as much when new. Now, Lexus wants all of its cars to have some of the dynamic flavor of the LC, and yes, that includes the new baby UX crossover it showed at Geneva.

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At the show, we caught up with Chika Kako, Lexus's first female chief engineer and the woman who led development of the UX, who revealed the interesting links between Lexus' baby crossover and its flagship coupe. Frankly, she got us a lot more interested in the UX than we were when we first saw it.

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You are at:Home»The Cars »First Drive »All-New 2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive . Now, Lexus has taken its redefined DNA, applied it to its LF- LC concept and produced its next generation halo car , the Lexus LC . Not only did the mainstream media eagerly want Lexus to build it, the naysayers didn’t

"We are trying to have the same feeling in all the Lexus models starting from LC and LS," Kako said through a interpreter. "Even if we have totally different structures, we are always comparing with the LC."

Kako used two interesting words to define the driving characteristics Lexus is aiming for - clear and deep. I'll let her explain what they mean in context.

"Clear means being very responsive to your inputs. . .a clear steering feel where your input translates directly to your output. Deep is more about having the secure feel and confidence."

Lexus uses master "Takumi" drivers in the final stages of development to make sure the tuning on all of its cars is just right. Kako told us that the Takumi who signed off on the UX is the same guy who gave final approval for the LC. And even Toyota president Akio Toyoda - a keen racer himself - has to sign off on each car before it reaches production.

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What's it like to drive ? The styling of the LC is one of its big selling points, and represents Lexus waving a big flag about the look of its future cars .

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In the case of the UX, Kako and her team aimed for a more hatchback-esque driving feel, benchmarking cars like the Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1-Series. The UX rides on the same platform as the new Toyota CH-R but it uses aluminum throughout for lighter weight and a lower center of gravity. Additionally, the UX has nine-percent more torsional rigidity than the CH-R and over half of its suspension components are bespoke.

Of course, we don't expect a small crossover with a four-cylinder motor and a CVT to drive like the magnificent, rear-drive V8-powered LC500 - the UX won't defy the laws of physics. But, if it at least has some of the character of the big coupe, it might be better than most subcompact luxury SUVs.

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