Lexus has drawn inspiration from the shimmering blue of a butterfly’s wings to develop a striking exterior paint that is being made available for the first time in South Africa from August on a new, special version of the LC flagship coupe.
The exclusive LC Limited Edition, available in a V8-powered LC 500, features a dazzling, iridescent new shade of blue that takes vehicle colour to a new level.
Called Morphic Blue, the new pigment is the result of 15 years of painstaking advanced technology research by Lexus to develop a finish that is deeper, more lustrous and more “blue” than anything seen before.
It was inspired by the shimmering blue wings of the American Morpho butterfly and incorporates 300 billion nano structure pigment flakes that generate iridescence, giving the impression of the colour constantly changing with the light.
In essence, the blue hue is imparted by a light effect created by the texture of the liquid coating.
None of the materials used in the coating are blue.
There are zero blue dyes or pigments added.
When applied to the sleek body of the LC 500, the result is an iridescent blue that shimmers and shadows in sunlight, but glows when exposed to artificial light at night time.
At certain viewing angles, the blue may resemble a royal blue, and at others may have a more violet tint.
Furthermore, the exquisitequality of the groundbreaking paintwork is matched by a bespoke luxury cabin presented with a Chrysalis Blue colour scheme that combines dynamic orange, blue and white hues and features the use of high-quality materials including semi-aniline leather accents and Alcantara.