An updated version of the Lexus LC500 has arrived in South Africa, featuring what the Japanese firm describes as “fairly notable specification changes”.

Interestingly, it seems pricing is unchanged at R2 031 200.

So, what’s new? Well, the flagship coupé gains fresh exterior colour options, one of which is dubbed “Blazing Carnelian”. This hue is offered in combination with a “Manhattan Orange” scheme for the cabin, with the colour applied to the headlining, door panels and sections of the seats. “Terrane Khaki”, a colour already seen on the UX, has also been added to the exterior palette.

Under the skin, the Toyota-backed firm says the LC500’s adaptive variable suspension system has been upgraded, resulting in a “smoother, more linear response”. Active cornering assist has furthermore been added to the mix. The brake pedal surface shape has been changed, while “improved” variable gear ratio steering and dynamic rear steering controls have been rolled out.

In the cabin, the LC500 gains a new high-resolution infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

As before, the coupé draws its urge from a naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 sending 351 kW and 540 N.m to the rear axle via a ten-speed automatic transmission. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes “less than 4,7 seconds”, says Lexus.

A seven-year/105 000 km warranty and a maintenance plan of the same length are included in the purchase price.