Lexus LC500 Coupe revealed

Lexus LC500 Coupe revealed

No, that’s not another version of the LF-LC – it’s the all-new Lexus LC500 Coupe, which looks a heck of a lot like the showcar that preceded it way back in 2012.

That’s not to suggest that the styling has aged – we’ll let you make up your own minds on that – but at the 2016 Detroit auto show where the car was revealed in “near-production” guise ahead of its showroom debut in some markets in 2017, there were plenty of jaws left agape.

Lexus LC500_02

There is a stunning resemblance between the concept version and the production car. But it’s important to note that this is fully Lexus project, one that was developed in-house without the assistance of any other company (so, it’s not a Lexus version of the long-rumoured BMW/Toyota  joint-venture model, aka the Supra).

With a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine sending power towards the rear wheels through an industry-first 10-speed automatic gearbox, the LC500 Coupe is good for about 350kW of power (no torque figure has been made available), and a claimed 0-60 mile per hour (0-96km/h) time of “under 4.5 seconds”.

Lexus LC500_11

It’s the same engine as is used in the RC F performance coupe, so a torque number of 530Nm seems logical.

The coupe spans 4760 millimetres in length, 1920mm wide (yeah, and it looks it!) and just 1345mm tall, all while riding on a wheelbase of 2870mm.

Lexus LC500_09

While the steering wheel in the show car is on the left, the car will be built in Japan, and, as such, will be made in right-hand drive. We’re yet to hear if it will be sold locally – stay tuned.

More to come…

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