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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

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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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The LC maintains sophisticated driving manners with a comfortable ride quality, precise steering The Lexus LC 's interior arguably outshines those of all its rivals, including vehicles from Audi Like many luxury sports cars , the 2018 Lexus LC hasn't undergone crash testing by the major safety agencies.

"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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And Lexus ’ people like to boast about handmade-ness of the LC 500’s interior. The trick exhaust valves Lexus threw in ensure the LC 500 barks to life in an Italian sort of way that your neighbors will undoubtedly enjoy at 6 It ’ s like Lexus wanted a few Bs on its report card to show it could be cool.

Research the 2018 Lexus LC 500 with our expert reviews and ratings. For comfort, Lexus fits the LC with an adjustable suspension and an utterly bewitching cabin. And that's important because a car that feels easy to place is one that also feels easy to drive .

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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