The North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit this January, saw the unveiling of Lexus’ new LC 500, a car to excite motoring specialists and enthusiasts alike.
The LC 500 is a four-seat coupé with rear-wheel drive and a 5.0-litre V8 engine positioned under the bonnet. It will be capable of 467bhp and a maximum torque of 527Nm, qualities it has in common with the GS F and RC F.
It isn’t clear what the top speed will be yet but 0-60mph in less than 4.5 seconds is promised. The LC 500 is built for performance with conspicuous weight, such as its engine and passengers, positioned lower to the floor.
The standard vehicle will come with a glass panel roof, with an optional carbon canopy that ensures further loss of weight. The chassis is likely to be firmer than that of the LF-A, despite the use of an inner door structure that employs carbon fibre and aluminium.
Other features will include a Mark Levinson sound system and a range of safety technology, such as Lane-Keep Assist and Dynamic Radar Cruise.
The LC 500 is expected to deliver the kind of performance beloved of Lexus drivers but offer “a dynamic driving experience and character unlike any vehicle.” This is according to Koji Sato, chief engineer at the Japanese car manufacturer.
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