The latest supercar, 2017 Lexus LC 500 will be officially presented at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Back in 2012 Lexus showcased the LF-LC concept car which was intended to be a cheaper version of their highly successful hyper-car, the LFA. However, the LF-LC concept car remained a concept just until a couple of months ago when some photographers managed to capture a camouflaged model which looked nearly identical to the concept car in terms of proportions and not too long after that, Lexus filled a couple of trademark requests for the LC500 and LC500h names which suggests that they are in fact going to make the concept car in two different versions which are certainly going to be very impressive.
Unlike the LFA which was using a complex carbon-fiber chassis and carbon-fiber panels, the LC production car will likely be based on a modified GS platform which means it will be built mostly out of aluminum. The challenge is to make the car light and considering that the GS is not light at all, Lexus probably worked quite a bit and installed aluminum suspension components and probably carbon-fiber body panels in order to make a competitive car.
Refined & Sporty Design
While Lexus did not release any official pictures of at least renderings of the car, it is pretty obvious that the upcoming 2017 Lexus LC 500 will be nearly identical to the concept car released back in 2012, with only a few minor changes done to the final design. Firstly, the front end will get Lexus’ trademark grille and headlights while in the back we may see an active spoiler to help the car be more controllable during high speed driving.
Also, it will get a redesigned back end which will be slightly longer and a bit more conventional in order to make roof for two extra passengers in the cabin.
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The interior of the car on the other hand is very likely going to borrow heavily from their other models which means that the LFA-like center stack, the fully digital instrument cluster of the concept and even the RC-F seats will be installed in this car as well in order to save time and also to give their passengers a premium experience. The only drawback we see here is that despite it will be marketed as a four-seats coupe, the car will likely be able to accommodate a maximum of two adults and probably two children.
The Engine range & Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 we are going to find two different engines for starters. Firstly, the base model is very likely going to receive the 5 liter naturally aspirated V8 from the RC-F which is quite capable at 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque. This will drive the rear wheels via a 10 speed automatic which will be built by Aisin. The drawback here is that the engine is quite heavy so it might not offer the desired characteristics of a sports car.
The 500h model on the other hand is likely going to make use of an upgraded GS450h powertrain which will mate a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 engine with a couple of electric motors. This will give the car all wheel drive as well as more than 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, all while using quite a bit less fuel than the V8. However, this option will be just as heavy as the V8 so it might prove to be a problem for those wanting a great car to drive.
2017 Lexus LC 500 Release date & Price
The release date for the 2017 Lexus LC 500 is currently unknown but our sources suggest that the car will be show at the LA Auto Show at the end of 2016 and its market availability should start in the mid of 2017 when the car will be offered for a price nearing $100,000 which will put it on the same level with the Corvette and the Porsche 911.
The major competitors are Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes AMG GT.