Orange Lexus LC 500h Matte Prototype Debuts Bright Hue In Barcelona

The orange color appears on the interior, too.

The Lexus LC 500h Matte Prototype Concept debuts eye-catching Space Orange paint on the brand’s luxury coupe at the 2019 Barcelona Motor Show. It’s the latest special color that Lexus is showing on the LC following Vibrant Flare Yellow and Structural Blue. 

Lexus says that the Space Orange color with a matte finish takes inspiration from the “tones that can be seen when looking towards the sun in clear sunsets.” The shade also evokes the burnt orange hues available on a variety of cars during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Lexus also outfits the Matte Prototype with a set of 21-inch wheels with a semi-matte black finish and orange brake calipers. Space Orange accents also adorn the interior on the center of the steering wheel, paddle shifters, passenger side dashboard trim, and strips on the door panels. 

The company doesn’t modify the powertrain for this concept. The LC 500h has a hybrid-assisted 3.5-liter V6 making 354 horsepower (264 kilowatts). It has what Lexus calls the Multi-Stage Hybrid Transmission that combines both a CVT and four-speed automatic gearbox to create a layout akin to a 10-speed.

There’s apparently “something big” happening for the LC this year, according to Lexus International Strategic Communications Senior Manager Moe Durand speaking to Car Buzz in April. It’s not clear what this vehicle is but might be the LC F or convertible variant, but the Matte Prototype likely doesn’t qualify as a major expansion to the lineup.

Lexus calls this car a prototype, but the company doesn’t make any mention of its chances for production. The Yellow Edition started as a one-off, though, so you shouldn’t completely rule out the Matte Prototype seeing production, too.

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