The Lexus LC 500 – the production take on the LF-LC Concept – has become a production reality, with swoopy looks and a 467bhp V8.
Four years ago, we got the first look at the stunning Lexus LF-LC Concept, and the world said “Wow”. And now, despite never having any intention of building a production car, the Lexus LC 500 has been revealed as a new, quite stunning, Lexus flagship.
True, the looks of the LC 500 are a little toned down compared to the concept, but the big spindle grill, angular headlights, smooth panels and the swept back coupe look are all intact.
Powering the LC 500 is the same V8 as the RC F and GS F, which means 467bhp and 389lb/ft of torque, driven to the back wheels through a conventional 10-speed auto ‘box Lexus claim is as quick as a dual-clutch ‘box, but more compact. Lexus say the combination makes the LC 500 capable of 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.
Oddly, Lexus has included a sound generator for the exhaust to enhance its note – complete with control valves and a volume setting – which seems a bit strange as the naturally-aspirated Lexus V8 makes a pretty good noise all on its own.
Built on the new Lexus GA-L platform – which will underpin the next-generation LS – means aluminium and high strength steel for better rigidity and lower weight, with double ball joints for the upper and lower control arms promising dynamic handling. Although we suspect Lexus will deliver the LC 500 with a setup that majors on comfort rather than out and out ‘Nurburgring’ suspension.
Inside, the LC 500 looks a decent place to be, with the expected high-quality materials, 2+2 seating, radar cruise, Premium audio and digital displays. It’s not stunning, but it’s very Lexus.
It looks like its going to be another year before the LC 500 actually gets in to customers hands, and we wonder if that’s to give Lexus time to also deliver the hybrid version – the Lexus LC 500h?
Rumours suggest Lexus are indeed planning a hybrid take on the LC 500, and that it will come with a new HSD system with a V6 ICE engine and good for anything up to 600bhp.
Which will be very interesting.
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