In May 2018, Lexus South Africa confirmed the new LC500 Limited Edition model would hit local dealers before the end of the year in “extremely limited numbers”. And now we have pricing for this special version of the Japanese brand’s flagship coupé.

In South Africa, the LC500 Limited Edition is priced at R2 014 300, which makes it some R167 700 more expensive than the standard LC500.

So, what sets this model apart? Well, the Limited Edition is offered exclusively in “Structural Blue” paintwork, a pigment the brand describes as “deeper, more lustrous and more blue than anything seen before”.

The colour incorporates 300 billion nanostructure pigment flakes that generate iridescence, giving the impression of the colour constantly changing with the light. Lexus says it takes eight months, 12 production steps, 20 inspections and seven layers to achieve the colour.

Inside, the special edition boasts a Chrysalis Blue colour scheme that combines orange, blue and white hues and features semi-aniline leather accents and Alcantara. Carbon-fibre scuff plates are also included.

As in the standard LC500, a 5,0-litre V8 sends 351 kW and 540 N.m to the rear wheels via a ten-speed automatic transmission. A seven-year/105 000 km warranty is included, along with a maintenance plan of the same length (and service intervals of 15 000 km).