Lexus has revealed a new flagship performance model called the LC 500 at the Detroit motor show.
The new 2+2 coupe is a full production model based on the LF-LC of Detroit 2012 – both that concept’s overall design and technical ideology have been carried over into the LC 500.
The exterior takes heavy influence from the LF-LC, mixing Lexus’s familiar design features - such as a prominent front grille and angular headlights - with smooth panels and a swept back roofline. Inside, the car features Lexus’s digital dash display and the 2017 Multimedia package – the carmaker's next-gen infotainment system.
Under the bonnet is the same naturally aspirated 5-litre V8 found beneath the nose of the RC F and Lexus GS F, which produces 467bhp at 7100rpm and 389lb ft of torque at 4800rpm. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox, which despite being a torque-converter, is claimed to swap cogs with shift times that ‘rival’ dual-clutch transmissions.
A key benefit for the use of a single-clutch system is weight – it’s both lighter and more compact in its design. And with so many ratios to play with, the LC 500 is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
Interestingly, despite the engine's cubic capacity and number of cylinders, Lexus has felt the need to include a sound generator to ‘enhance’ its tone. The exhaust also features sound control valves to alter volume and tone depending on the driving scenario.