The brand-new Lexus LC 500 is a spicy-looking flagship luxury coupe, a production version of the company’s LF-LC concept that debuted back in 2012.
According to the press release, this 2+2 underscores the brand’s “passion” and strongly indicates where Lexus is going in the future.
Engineering and design teams worked extra closely while developing this machine in order to avoid watering down the original concept’s dashing good looks.
The LC 550 features a brand new architecture that’s purpose-built for enhanced dynamics and performance. Called the premium rear-wheel-drive luxury platform, this global structure will serve as the basis for the company’s upcoming front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
Riding on a 113-inch wheelbase with an overall length of about 188 inches, this vehicle is a couple inches smaller than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, but it’s in the same ballpark.
Keeping unwanted mass in check, a carbon-fiber roof is optional, glass is standard. Additionally, the door skins are made of aluminum, while the inner supports are carbon fiber. A composite trunk floor further reduces weight, as do run-flat tires, which eliminate a cumbersome spare.
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Amazingly, this advanced engineering has graced the LC 500 with the stiffest unibody structure Lexus has ever produced – it’s stiffer than the carbon-fiber intensive LFA supercar, and that’s nuts!
Near 50-50 weight distribution enhances this vehicle’s driving dynamics, as does a low center of gravity. Twenty-inch wheels are standard, 21s are available.
Under its graceful hood, the LC 500 features a familiar 5.0-liter V8. With forged connecting rods and 32 titanium valves clacking away, it delivers 467 horses and 389 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is matched to a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission, which is smaller and lighter than rival eight-ratio units. All of this engineering goodness can deliver a zero-to-60 spring time of just 4.5 seconds.
And there you have it; that’s a quick look at the all-new 2017 Lexus LC 500 coupe. What do you think? Is this the star of this year’s Detroit auto show or is the Buick Avista more interesting? That’s a tough question …