2017 Lexus LC 500
Lexus pulled the wraps off the new 2017 LC 500, introducing the company into a new, more dynamic era. Driven by Akio Toyoda’s will to make Lexus a more passionate and distinctive brand, the company took the LF LC concept and brought it to production, creating one of the most refreshing models we have seen from them.
To order your new 2017 Lexus LC 500 rival with a brand new Lexus 5.0-litre V8 engine and 10-speed Aisin automatic gearbox for only US$23,000.
Based upon an all-new platform called GA-L which will also spawn the company’s future front-engined/rear-wheel-drive models, the LC500 wants to offer a sharper driving experience thanks to the positioning of the engine and cabin closer to the center and lower in the chassis. This makes the new Lexus LC500 a front mid-engined coupe.
Lexus claims that the unibody of the new LC500 is the stiffest they had to engineer and produce and that means even stiffer than the carbon chassis of the LFA. That was possible with the strategic use of lightweight, high-strength steel in the platform along with special braces in the engine compartment, the adoption of aluminum front suspension towers and the addition of a ring structure near the rear fenders.
A carbon-fiber roof, aluminum door skins mounted on the inner carbon-fiber door inner structure and a composite trunk floor help in distributing the weight 52/48 between the axles, with Lexus not announcing a curb weight figure yet.
One of the main highlights is the multilink suspension system. Lexus has installed double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms, optimizing this way the geometry of the suspension, increasing the wheel control and providing with a more precise steering feel. Lexus says that the LC500 is a “world-class luxury sports coupe that exhibits razor-sharp reflexes, exceptional handling balance and rock-solid stability” giving us a first idea of the new model’s character.