Since the Lexus LF-LC concept made its debut in 2012 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it’s been one teaser after another of the model by the automaker including exhibition of an updated version of the concept last year. However, the automaker finally unveiled a production model of the concept dubbed the 2017 Lexus LC 500.
Lexus took the same stage it unveiled the concept to unleash the new Coupe and to the surprise of many, the production model looks identical to the concept, a rare fete. The vehicle is a strong statement from Lexus about their brands emotional direction which is targeted to achieve a greater reach to the global market.
2017 Lexus LC 500 Exterior
It is always difficult to incorporate a car’s concept design in an actual production model. Therefore comparing the LC 500 concept vehicle with the actual model, Lexus has really tried their best. The production model looks as sleek and sexy as the concept.
At the front, the LC 500 features the large signature Lexus grille which has a 3-D mesh design. The headlights franking the grille are more dramatic compared to those of the concept. Just below these headlights are vertical LED running lights. Below the running lights are two air vents that add to the car’s excellent aerodynamics. Its design has allowed the sporty and menacing hood to sit low without having a large overhang.
On the sides, the fenders stretch high on the body touching the A-pillars. There is also a soft body line that stretches from the side of the doors to the rear and ends just above the rear wheel arches. Its side skirts sit high at the rear quarters which provides an air dam that channels air to the rear wheels.
The vehicle also features a sloping roofline that touches the elevated trunk lid. Still at the back, the vehicle features multi-layered taillights with an L motif, a rather plain-looking diffuser and twin, dual exhaust outlets which feature rectangular chrome surround. The profile makes the Coupe one of the craziest looking Coupes around.
2017 Lexus LC 500 Interior
The inside is stunningly beautiful. The entire cabin is a sea of leather and Alcantara trims. This leather trim continues on the center console, dashboard and the steering wheel.
Its instruments cluster is simple and has a single gauge in the middle which acts as a tachometer. Just on the left side of the tachometer is a digital oil temperature gauge. Above the oil gauge is another digital display of the engine’s coolant temperature while current time is displayed on the right of the coolant temperature gauge and outside temperature on the top left. Current speed on the other hand is also displayed digitally in the middle of the tachometer.
The vehicle accommodates four passengers in a 2+2 seating arrangement. Though headroom and hip room is alright, the same cannot be said for legroom. The cabin looks visually pleasing and this is considering its lack of accenting of any kind. The automaker opted to use captivating designs on the console and upholstery materials instead of accenting inserts.
The way the cabin is designed is like the automaker put each piece at a time. Further, the design allows the driver to seat close to the ground allowing him to feel much feedback as he maneuvers the car.
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Engine Specs and Performance
This is where things get more exciting. Under the hood is a 5.0 L, V-8 engine that also powers the Lexus GS-F and RC-F. The naturally aspirated engine produces 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission system that sends power to the rear wheels.
Though the transmission might seem a let down from the dual-clutch transmission on the outgoing models, the engine is fitted with an electronic control system which anticipates the drivers next move and then shifts fast enough just like the dual-clutch system.
The vehicle hits 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Lexus is however yet to announce the vehicle’s top speed; we will update you as soon as such details become available. In addition, the vehicle comes with an active exhaust system. During sport mode, the exhaust baffles open to give an aggressive noise. In normal mode they remain closed only opening up when it hits 3,500 rpm to give a better flow and the aggressive sound.
Price and release date
The LC 500 doesn’t come on the cheap. According to rumors, the vehicle will have a price of between $ 100,000 and $150,000.
The 2017 Lexus LC 500 will compete with the Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes S550 4Matic Coupe.