The styling may be familiar in some places – the huge ‘spindle’ grille flanked by slim, sharply angled headlights is reminiscent of the current RC F – it boasts undeniable presence. The visual drama is enhanced by alloy wheels that measure up to 21 inches in diameter.
Likewise, the interior is very pleasing on the eye. It has sportier styling than the brand’s usual designs but the LC 500 is still full of leather lined surfaces and metallic trim. A digital display, much like those offered throughout the Lexus range, sits ahead of the driver, while a large screen houses the firm’s latest infotainment system.
Lexus LC 500 specs
The RC 500 luxury coupe sits on an all-new platform set to underpin several of the Japanese brand’s future luxury vehicles. The chassis features large quantities of aluminium and high-strength steel in its construction to save weight and boost rigidity. The doors are carbon fibre with an outer aluminium skin, and a carbon roof is optionally available to reduce weight further.
Power comes from a 5.0-litre V8 – the same unit found under the bonnet of both the RC F and GS F – which sends all its 467hp and 389lb ft of torque to the rear wheels. A 0-62mph time of under 4.5 seconds is predicted – making it faster than the smaller RC F. A 10-speed automatic gearbox is claimed to offer shift times close to those of the latest dual-clutch transmissions.
A 52/48 weight distribution front to rear should give the LC 500 sporty handling and Lexus says the LC 500 will have a “character unlike any Lexus vehicle”. It’s not an all-out sports car, however, and it will still maintain typical Lexus-like levels of refinement and ride comfort.
Lexus LC 500 prices and release date
The four-seat grand tourer is set to compete against the likes of the Mercedes SL, BMW 6 Series and Maserati GranTurismo on its release, which should be some time towards the end of 2016. We expect prices somewhere in the region of £70,000-80,000.