Spotted testing recently near the Nurburgring, the production Lexus LC 500 is expected to debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show early next year.
Based on the Lexus LF-LC concept that was designed by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research in California, the luxury sports coupe is expected to be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with around 467 horsepower. The powerplant is the same as what’s found in the current RC F and GS F models, while a LC 500h hybrid variant will use a V6 engine paired with an electric motor. Expect that powertrain to be no slouch, as it is being reported that the LC 500h could have even more power than the naturally aspirated V8 at over 470 hp.
The 5.0-liter V8 will reportedly be paired to the world’s first 10-speed transmission sourced from Aisin, helping keep fuel economy respectable despite the large V8 engine under the hood. And, of course, there will eventually be a hot Lexus LC F model – how does a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 sound with around 600 hp?
Although its debut is unconfirmed, recent spy photos show that Lexus is working on a production model of the LF-LC concept, which is over three years old now. The timing seems perfect for Lexus to unleash a new model to kick off the new year.