UNDENIABLY provocative is probably the best way to describe the flagship Lexus LC 500 coupe, unveiled at the North American International Auto Show this week, with the 351kW V8 already confirmed for the Australian market.
The stunning four-seater will launch globally in 2017 and is powered by a 5.0-litre quad-cam V8, with the LC 500 the first Lexus underpinned by the company’s new Global Architecture Luxury (GA-L) platform and featuring the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission in a luxury vehicle.
The LC 500’s visual appeal is defined by an athletic aerodynamic shape, with sensual curves, emotional forms, an available flowing carbon fibre roof (glass roof standard), creating a low, wide imposing stance that come together for a highly functional, passionate package.
A rear diffuser and optional active rear spoiler also help manage airflow during performance driving. It rides on machined cast aluminium 20-inch, or available 21-inch, forged aluminium wheels.
Inside, the coupe’s driving position was calibrated to invite spirited, sporting driving, and help develop easier confidence with a more intuitive control layout.
The power delivery to the rear wheels for LC 500 is handled by a new set of components that maximise output to the wheels. The heart of the new LC 500 is derived from the proven, high-revving 5.0-litre V8 that is found in the RC F and GS F.
The naturally aspirated V8 was selected for its smooth, linear throttle response and emotional engine sound. The all-aluminium, 32-valve V8’s output targets 351kW and 530Nm.
The LC 500 will also boast Lexus’ renowned safety technology, Lexus Safety System +, which integrates several of Lexus’s active safety technologies: the Pre-Collision System (PCS) helps prevent and mitigate collisions; Lane Keep Assist (LKA) helps prevent vehicles from departing from their lanes; Automatic High Beam (AHB) helps ensure optimal forward visibility during nighttime driving, and All-speed Active Cruise Control (All speed ACC).
As part of a multi-faceted approach to active safety, the Lexus Safety System + package combines millimetre-wave radar with a camera, achieving high reliability and performance.