By turning their LF-LC Concept into a production car, Lexus have managed to put the luxury two-door segment on notice with the striking LC performance coupe. Set to hit US showrooms in the Spring of 2017, the Lexus LC is meant to showcase the brand's qualities in design, engineering and advanced technology that nowadays define any serious premium car-maker.
Powering the LC 500 is a naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine, good for 471 PS (467 HP) and 389 lb-ft (527 Nm) of torque. It allows for a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration time of less than 4.5 seconds. The LC 500h, on the other hand, uses a 3.5-liter V6 full hybrid powertrain, putting down 359 PS (354 HP) in total, with the help of a four-speed automatic gearbox mounted in the rear. It helps it get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds, or about half a second slower than the V8-powered LC 500.
For the interior, Lexus engineers wanted to make sure that getting in and out of the LC would be easy and comfortable, which is why they claim to have given it generous legroom beneath the instrument panel. The overall goal was to create a luxury coupe that was both comfortable as well as driver-focused. In terms of detailing, even the shift knob is hand-crafted in order to ensure that highly tactile parts of the car would please the LC's future owners. The rest of the cabin is a mix of leather, Alcantara and other premium materials such as Magnesium (found on the paddle-shifters).