The Lexus LC 500 has been revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and is both technically and aesthetically based on the Lexus LF-LC Concept which debuted at the same event four years ago. The 2+2 luxury flagship coupe is said to make the strongest statement yet concerning Lexus’ direction for future products.
The exterior design is heavily influenced by the LF-LC combining a powerful aerodynamic body shape with recognisable design features such as a bold interpretation of Lexus’ front grille and L-shaped daytime running lights. Finishing of it’s sharp design is the sloped roofline making the LC 500 seeming as if it was sculptured by the wind.
The interior continues in much the same way as the exterior left off, with a cabin that is said to invite spirited, sporting driving. There car was even engineered so the driver’s hip point would be as close as possible to the centre of gravity to gain maximum feedback for the driver. Lexus’ designers and engineers set out to create an environment which was both inviting and comfortable as well as focused and engaging for the occupants. The LC 500 also features the manufacturer’s digital dash display and the 2017 Multimedia package.
To match it’s dynamic demeanour, this new flagship performance model has been given the same 5.0-litre V8 found in the GS F and RC F, meaning a power output of 467bhp and 389lb ft of torque available. All this power is then sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic gearbox, this equates to a 0-62mph time expected to be below the 4.5 second mark.
Despite it’s performance credentials, the Lexus LC 500 has also been engineered to balance it’s track-based characteristics with ride comfort and so on. This grand tourer set-up means it is therefore likely to take on the likes of the Jaguar F-Type R and Mercedes AMG-GT.
The pricing and launch date for the LC 500 are yet to be confirmed by the manufacturer but first orders are expected to be taken later on this year.