Lots of concept cars have fans shouting “just build it now!”, but very few of them actually make it to the streets without being watered down.
The Lexus LC Coupe is one of those rare occasions where you’d be hard pressed to find differences between the LF-LC concept and the production car – and is all the better for that.
It’s also unique in that, while the industry is going downsizing and adopting forced induction, it has stuck to a naturally aspirated V8, taken from the smaller RC, for its luxury coupe.
With 471 PS (467 HP) providing a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint of 4.5 seconds, the LC 500 is probably powerful enough for most owners to not feel short-changed. There’s also a hybrid, labeled the LC 500h, which combines a 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor for a total output of 359 PS (354 HP), which is about half a second slower to 60.
There’s more to it than numbers, though, or stunning looks. Although pricing hasn’t been announced, it’s expected to bear a sticker of close to $80k, and thus it must deliver on all fronts to convince customers to pick it up instead of, say, a BMW 6-Series of Jaguar F-Type.
We’ll know if it delivers once Lexus drops the embargo on the first test drives, but for now, check out the following video from Basem Wasef to see if Lexus’ GT can at least drift.