Motomachi, Japan - It’s not often that we feature a model whose only distinction is its paint colour, but in this case we think it’s worth it.
This limited-edition model is an otherwise standard Lexus LC500 V8, finished in a very special paint called Morphic or structural blue - inspired, we are told, by the shimmering iridescent blue of the American Morpho butterfly's wings.
It has taken 15 years of colour research to develop a finish that is deeper, shinier and more ‘blue’ than anything Lexus has used before, using 300 billion incredibly small metallic flakes per car to generate iridescence, so that the colour constantly changes with the light.
While the emperor butterfly is renowned for the stunning blue of its wings they are, in fact, completely colourless. The blue seen by the human eye is created by light interference on the microscopic lattice surface structure of the butterfly's wings.
And that’s how this paint works.