New TRD gear makes the Lexus LC sportier

TRD, short for Toyota Racing Division, has been providing performance parts for Toyota vehicles for more than a decade now. The more luxurious Lexus models aren’t usually included among TRD’s projects, but the LC has just become an exception. The parts are available through TRD’s Japanese site and they cover both the coupe and convertible models.

A Slurry of TRD Parts Is Coming For the Lexus LC Coupe Exterior
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The Lexus LC is a fine example of how a large two-door luxury model should look like. It's sleek and sporty, yet it also looks elegant, maybe even a bit more than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

These TRD parts enhance the LC’s exterior to bring it closer to the sportier side. Some of you might not like it, but if you dig a more aggressive LC, this is the perfect kit. The front fascia remains pretty much the same, but the mirror caps and the side skirts are now more aerodynamic. The latter also reduce the mount of wind flowing around the rear tires.

A Slurry of TRD Parts Is Coming For the Lexus LC Coupe Exterior
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Behind the rear seats we can see extra aero cowling, while the deck lid sports a wing-type spoiler. Paired with the front splitter and the rear diffuser, the wing provides more downforce. TRD claims notable performance gains and improvements in the fuel economy department, but it doesn’t give specific figures. TRD also offers a performance damper for improved handling.

A Slurry of TRD Parts Is Coming For the Lexus LC Coupe Exterior
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There’s no word as to whether this upgrade will become available in the United States, but we could see it debut at an auto show later this year.

The Lexus LC is the company’s flagship model

A Slurry of TRD Parts Is Coming For the Lexus LC Coupe Exterior
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Introduced in 2017, the Lexus LC has no direct predecessor and it’s the range-topping two-door model in the lineup. Available in both coupe and convertible body styles, the LC comes with two drivetrains.

There’s the LC 500, powered by a V-8 engine, and the LC 500h, which draws juice from a hybrid powertrains that pairs a 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine and two electric motors.

The V-8 model comes with 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque on tap, while the hybrid packs a combined output of 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of twist. The Lexus LC retails from $92,950 in the United States.

Lexus LC500 specifications
Engine: 5.0-liter V-8 engine
Horsepower: 471 horsepower
Torque: 398 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: 10-speed direct-shift manual transmission
Curb Weight: 1,941 kilos (4,280 pounds)
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.11 (horsepower per pound)
0 to 60 MPH: 4.5 seconds
Top Speed: 188 mph
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