This is it ladies and Gentlement, the product of 4 years of improvement since the last Lf-LC concept that Lexus debuted back in 2012 which everybody said Lexus would never produce.
Well, here we are today with the new 2018 Lexus LC 500 grand touring coupe introduced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show set to be a two-door flagship coupe for Lexus alongside the LS sedan ofcourse.
The juicy bit is in the engine bonnet, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 introduces the 5.0-liter V-8 engine found in the RC F and the GS F with the same 468 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque, as Lexus focused on introducing new tech rather than adding power. (hmph??)
So to those who thought the 2018 Lexus LC 500 might be the new LFA, think again – it doesn’t even come close to it in power or lavishness. But it will have a new rear-wheel-drive platform which Lexus says is the most dynamic platform they have ever produced aside from the LFA. The platform was dubbed the GA-L which will be used in many front-engined cars from Toyota and Lexus.
To increase dynamics, Lexus made sure most of the cars mass including the occupants and the engine were placed at a lower centralized position in the chassis for an improved center of gravity. The layout is mostly a mid-engine type with the drivetrain mass placed behind the front axle line and the driver positioned lower to the ground while the wheels have been pushed to the corners of the car for a height distribution of Front/rear – 42/48. The overall length sits at 187 inches and the wheel base is in at 113 inches.
It wouldn’t be special without carbon fiber now would it? The 2018 Lexus LC 500 includes an optional carbon fiber roof (glass is standard), carbon fiber door inner structure, a composite trunk floor and a lot of high-strength steel making it even more rigid than the LFA which has a carbon fiber tub structure.
Of-course, the new 10-speed automatic transmission made it onto the 2018 Lexus LC 500 which is supposedly faster than dual-clutch units and offers super refined shifts. Being able to read metrics like acceleration, speed, and gas pedal position – the 10-speed auto predicts driver shifts and prepares in advance. The 0-60 mph time is 4.3-4.5 seconds for the 2018 Lexus LC 500, which is frankly disappointing, seeing how you can get faster times from normal sports coupes these days, but let’s wait and see maybe a performance upgrade is in the works.
The 2018 Lexus LC 500 sits on 20 inch aluminum wheels up front and 21 inch wheels in the rear packaged in Michelin Pilot Sport tires and attached to multilink suspension with double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms for added handling capacities.