Since its launch as Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus has struggled to cut a different image from the mother company Toyota. However, the LF-LC coupe concept changed all that. For the first time the automaker had made a model that would define the Lexus brand thus silencing its critics.
The 2017 Lexus LC 500 introduces a new kind of excitement and is set to give the brand a new sense of identity, one that is unique from Toyota. The Coupe will replace the aging LS as the brand’s flagship model. The automaker took the same stage they used to launch the LF-LC Concept to unveil the production version christened the “2017 Lexus LC 500″.
The Lexus has managed to transform most if not all of the LF-LC concept cues to the production version. Read along to learn more on these styling cues;
2017 Lexus LC 500 Exterior
The exterior profile of the new Lexus LC 500 is stunning to say the least. The profile is accentuated by a 3D-style mesh grille which is bordered by chrome accenting. The grille is flanked by LED headlights that are just located above the L-shaped DRLs. The lower bumper is integrated with vertical air intakes. At the rear, the LC 500 features a rear diffuser and a deployable spoiler which help keep the car stable during high-speed driving. Its front and rear overhangs are short.
The coupe will ride on 20-inch wheels as standard but there is an option for 21-inch wheels. The rear wheels will sport slightly larger tires which have been pushed outwards to the corners. The wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires. To keep the vehicle firmly planted on the ground, the Coupe is fitted with a dual-ball joint multi-link suspension while its 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear help slow it down.
Extensive use of lightweight materials has helped the automaker extensively reduce the vehicle’s curb weight. The roof is made of carbon fiber while the doors are made of aluminum. The inner structure is made of carbon-fiber. The vehicle is held together by a high-strength steel structure which results in a higher torsional strength than even the Lexus LFA.
The vehicle is based on a front-engine rear drive set up which is specifically designed to centralize the vehicles mass and lower its COG. This results in a 52/48 front-rear weight distribution which improves its overall performance and handling.
2017 Lexus LC 500 Interior
Inside, the Coupe is pampered with quality materials. Alcantara is the standard upholstery material on the seats while a Mark Levinson sound system delivers the tunes. What is not covered in Alcantara leather is finished in brushed aluminum to achieve a simple and clean yet luxurious look. It accommodates four passengers in a 2+2 seating arrangement.
Other features include a thick-steering wheel which offers enhanced grip when cruising in high speed. The cabin also features a touch pad and dial like those of the BMW and Audi as opposed to the Remote Touch electronics controller the automaker uses on other models.
Expect all latest connectivity features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Smartphone integration, USB and Auxiliary ports among other top notch features to be to be offered as standard. The excellent styling actually pumps its price beyond the reach of many youths.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the new LC 500 comes with the same engine as the outgoing model. This is the same drive-train powering the GS F and RC F. It is a naturally-aspirated 5.0 L, V-8 which comes good with 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque.
However, the engine is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission system that sends power to the rear wheels. The automaker claims that the transmission system shifts as fast as the dual-clutch unit. The LC 500 accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Details on its fuel economy will be released later so make sure to check this page later for more details. I hoped the automaker could add a turbocharger or supercharger to the engine but its stunning design does more than compensate for the lack of my personal cravings.
Price and release date
Though the major targets are financially endowed youths, the vehicle’s expected price will put many away. The price will start at around $ 100,000 and go as high as $ 150,000 for a well equipped model according to rumors. The vehicle will be released in the second half of 2016.
The Mercedes S550 4Matic Coupe and Porsche 911 Turbo will be the 2017 Lexus LC 500 main rivals.