[UPDATE, October 2] Live images from the 2018 Paris Motor Show have been added at the beginning of the gallery, below.
Lexus brightens up the LC range in Europe with the launch of the new Yellow Edition. The grand tourers feature Vibrant Flare Yellow paint adorning the exterior and matching touches for the interior on the door panels and stitching throughout the cabin. The model will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and will be on sale for both the LC 500 and LC Hybrid by the end of fall. Lexus spokespeople won't yet confirm whether the edition will come to the U.S.
The special LC also features a set of 21-inch forged wheels with V-shaped spokes. Exposed carbon fiber adorns the roof, rear spoiler, and door sill plates. Inside, Vibrant Flare Yellow appears in Alcantara in a sweeping pattern along the doors. White semi-aniline leather upholstery is the only available finish for the 10-way power-adjustable seats. A head-up display brings a high-tech touch to the cabin, and an Alcantara headliner adds a little more luxury, too.
The Yellow Edition also comes standard with the Sport+ equipment package to make the grand tourer a more capable performer. The amenities include Lexus Dynamic Handling with Variable Gear Ratio Steering, four-wheel steering, and Torsen limited-slip differential.
While this package doesn't affect the LC's powertrain, Lexus reportedly intends to introduce a hotter version of the coupe in the near future. Spy photos already show the variant testing, including a heavily revised front fascia with massive intakes. Power allegedly comes from a new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 that could make as much as 621 horsepower (463 kilowatts) – a healthy upgrade over the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8's 471 hp (351 kW).
There are also rumors of Lexus adding an LC convertible to the range, eventually, but there are no spy shots of it yet. Expanding the lineup with a droptop might make sense because there isn't one currently in the Lexus lineup.
Gallery: Lexus LC Yellow Edition at the Paris Motor Show
LEXUS INTRODUCES DAZZLING NEW LC YELLOW EDITION COUPE
The new Yellow Edition is an exclusive addition to Lexus’ LC flagship coupe range
Vibrant Flare Yellow exterior paintwork and unique interior finish in black, white and warm yellow high quality materials including semi-Aniline leather and Alcantara
Sport+ equipment specification includes Lexus Dynamic Handling with Variable Gear Ratio Steering and four-wheel steering, Torsen limited-slip differential, 21-inch forged alloy wheels and carbon fibre reinforced plastic roof and active rear spoiler
Luxury cabin features include head-up display, Alcantara headlining and 10-way power-adjustable front seats in semi-aniline leather
Lexus is introducing a dazzling new addition to its LC flagship coupe range with the launch of the new LC Yellow Edition. True to its name it sports a vibrant Flare Yellow paint finish that shows off the LC’s award-winning styling to excellent effect.
The special colour theme continues in the cabin, where the black door panels are enhanced by warm yellow Alcantara inserts. The warm yellow shade is also featured in contrast stitching details on the white leather seats, instrument panel, steering wheel and centre console arm rest, exemplifying the takumi craftsmanship that is a distinguishing feature of Lexus luxury. The cabin also features a driver’s head-up display, an Alcantara headlining and 10-way power adjustment for the front seats in semi-aniline leather.
Head-turning looks aside, the LC Yellow Edition benefits from advanced performance and handling features that are part of the LC Sport+ specification. Agile, secure handling and superb responsiveness are delivered thanks to Lexus Dynamic Handling and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) with four-wheel steering, which independently controls front and rear wheel steering angles, and a Torsen limited-slip differential. These advanced systems allow the driver to fully exploit the full potential of the LC’s GA-L global architecture platform with its excellent balance and low centre of gravity.
Special external features include 21-inch forged alloy wheels and a roof and active rear spoiler crafted in lightweight-yet-strong carbon fibre reinforced plastic. The spoiler plays a specific role in maintaining vehicle stability, automatically deploying at speeds above 80 km/h.
Yellow Edition versions of both the LC 500h, with Lexus’ revolutionary self-charging Multi Stage Hybrid System, and the LC 500, powered by a 477 DIN hp naturally aspirated V8 engine with 10-speed automatic transmission, will be available.
The LC Yellow Edition will be displayed on the Lexus stand at Paris Motor Show in October. Customer deliveries will be from the autumn of this year.