When everyone saw the new Lexus LC500 supercar in Detroit, they thought is a concept. That`s how good loking is the car in production form. Facing a though competition from Mercedes AMG GT, the 2+2 coupe has evolved nicely from the LF-LC concept, introduced a four year ago.

The LC 500’s front fascia features a powerful interpretation of Lexus’ distinctive grille, bordered by chrome on three sides and a radical new 3D mesh design. The “L”-shaped daytime running lights rest below a new Triple LED headlamp unit, specially designed to include one of the industry’s thinnest projectors enabling a low hood with a short front overhang. Functional venting also plays into the LC 500’s exterior design to help improve aerodynamic stability and cooling. 

A rear diffuser and available active rear spoiler help manage airflow during driving. It rides on machined cast aluminum 20 inch or available 21 inch forged aluminum wheels. 

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The LC 500 is the first Lexus to use the brand’s all-new, premium rear-wheel-drive luxury platform and is part of the new corporate global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L). The underpinnings of this new coupe will become the blueprint for the company’s future front-engine/rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

Mass management measures include the available carbon fiber roof, aluminum door skins mounted to the carbon fiber door inner structure, and a composite trunk floor.  the LC 500 is very balanced with a nearly ideal front/rear weight distribution of 52/48.

The heart of the new LC500 is derived from the 5.0-liter 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-aluminum, 32-valve V8’s output targets 467 HP and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. 

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Helping power transfer to the rear wheels is a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission—the first ever in a luxury automobile—with shift times rivaling those of a dual-clutch transmission. The component is smaller and lighter than some current 8-speed transmissions. This way, the vehicle targets a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 4.5 seconds.