Years ago, Lexus introduced the LF-LC concept car to the public. Fast forward to the 2016 NAIAS and a production car based on the concept, the brand-new LC 500, has been unveiled.
Titled as Lexus’ new flagship coupe, the LC 500 sports radical design cues that make it look like a spiritual successor to the LFA. In the front is a massive “spindle” grille with a pair of headlights that are as artistic as they are functional. The headlight setup consists of “L”-shaped daytime running lights and a new triple LED headlight unit. In the rear, the multi-layered light scheme continues with the tail lights. When lit, the lighting effect of these rear lights create a “sequential L motif,” according to a press release from Lexus regarding the new coupe.
Matching the sharp exterior is the RC 500’s 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been borrowed from the RC F and GS F. Without the aid of a turbocharger or supercharger, this engine produces 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. For comparison’s sake, the LFA’s V10 was capable of 552 hp 354 lb-ft of torque. With this power and a 10-speed automatic transmission, the new coupe can run a 0-60 mph sprint in less than 4.5 seconds.
The RC 500 is exactly what we wanted to see from Lexus, and it sounds like the automaker is making a statement with its introduction:
“The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally,” said Akio Toyoda, Chief Branding Officer and Master Driver for Lexus. “A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”
Check out the images to see more of the car and stay with us for the upcoming price reveal.