Rumors Swirl About a 550-Horsepower Lexus LC 500 and a 400-Horse LC 500h
The LF-LC has been the subject of rumors since it debuted in concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto show. Today, a new report from Taiwan claims to have loads of insider information on the production version, which Lexus is calling the LC, including its available engines.
You’ll need to bear with me, as I used translating software to get all of this in English, so there may be a few incorrectly translated items. The biggest news is that the LC will have two available powertrains: one standard gasoline setup and one hybrid. The gasoline-powered model, which will carry the LC 500 name, will feature a 5.0-liter V-8 that churns out 550 horsepower and mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LC 500 will reportedly hit 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and deliver 26 mpg.
The hybrid model, which Lexus will name the LC 500h, will come with a 3.5-liter V-6 mated to electric motors. The combined output will supposedly sit at 400 horsepower, which will put the 47 mpg LC 500h at 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds.
In terms of size, the LC is rumored to be 4,700 mm (185 inches) long, 1,920 mm (75.6 inches) wide, and ride atop a 2,870 mm (113-inch) wheelbase. To help keep the LC’s curb weight between 1,450 and 1,550 kg (3,197 and 3,417 pounds), Lexus will craft the doors, hood, roof, and other sheet metal out of an aluminum-magnesium alloy.
Also rumored is a debut at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show and a production of 600 units per month, 500 of which will hit American shores.
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Why it matters
While rumors are likely best to take with a grain of salt, particularly ones from Asia, this one seems to have too many specifics to be wild speculation. If Lexus can deliver power anywhere near the rumored output, this will make the LC one of the most desirable luxury coupes on the market, particularly the hybrid model.
There is, however, one issue, and that’s the fact that the numbers simply don’t add up. Looking at the current Lexus lineup, the 2015 Lexus RC F hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (0.1 seconds quicker than the rumored LC 500) despite giving up 83 horsepower and at least 541 pounds to the LC 500. Needless to say, there is something off with this report that throws up a big red flag.
You can check our speculative review of the future Lexus here.
Source: Yahoo Taiwan