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2018 Lexus LC 500

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  • Lexus LC 500
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    10-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    471 @ 7100
  • Torque @ RPM:
    389 @ 4800
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    158 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    92000
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The Lexus LF-LC originally debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and since then, Lexus debuted the LF-LC Concept 2. Later in 2015, we got our hands on some spy photos of the LF-LC testing under camo in production form. It has been few years of constant teasing, but Lexus has finally unveiled the Lexus LC500 – the production variant of the LF-LC that we’ve been waiting for.

As you can see from a quick look, the LC500 isn’t all that different from the previous LF-LC concepts that we’ve seen. It is still the same low-sitting, dramatically styled coupe that will probably prove to be the best thing to come out of Lexus in a long time. With its unveiling, we’ve learned a lot about the 2+2 coupe that promises to be the future of Lexus, and to be honest, I can’t wait to see it on the street.

Akio Toyoda, a Master Driver and Chief Brand Officer for Lexus, said, “The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally. A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”

Of course, it’s not like you’ll see one at every corner. We’re not aware of pricing yet, but given the dramatic design and the details at hand, the car is sure to be reserved for those of the wealthier population. With that said, let’s take a look at Lexus’ new flagship luxury coupe and all the greatness that is Lexus LC500.

Update 3/20/2017: Lexus has announced pricing for the Lexus LC 500 and LC 500H. Check out our prices section below for all of the details.

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2018 Lexus LC500 Inspiration Concept

2018 Lexus LC500 Inspiration Concept

The concept coupe will be joined by the Lexus UX 250h by Clark Ishihara of VIP Auto Salon

Lexus is an official sponsor at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and it’s using its platform to unveil the LC Inspiration Series Concept. According to Lexus, the one-off LC500 represents the ultimate expression of the flagship coupé. As such, it features plenty of exclusive upgrades in the exterior and interior that looks similar to the ones worn by the LC500 Yellow Edition, a limited-run version of the coupé that Lexus launched in Europe earlier this month.

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2019 Lexus LC Yellow Edition

2019 Lexus LC Yellow Edition

There’s more to this beauty than meets the eye

On its own, the Lexus LC 500 is a flamboyant car. The unmistakable styling cues give it a look that’s all its own, and its 471-horsepower V-8 engine helps it straddle the line between a capable touring car and an everyday supercar. But just as the LC 500 already has its own identity, there are still ways to bring out even more of its personality. That’s what we get with the LC 500 Yellow Edition, the latest in a long line of exclusive additions to the flagship coupe’s range.

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2020 Lexus LC F

2020 Lexus LC F

Lexus’ take on the upcoming BMW M8

After more than two years of constant teasing and two concept cars, Lexus unveiled a new 2+2 coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed LC500, the new coupe is stunning to look at, has a luxurious interior, and comes with a stout, naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant. Come 2018 and the Japanese firm is working on a beefed-up version with an "F" badge.

Despite having two extra seats and missing a V-10 powerplant, the LC500 is already being considered a successor to the mighty LFA. Granted, the two have very little in common as far as underpinnings go, but I can totally understand why Lexus enthusiasts are comparing it to the LFA. The LC500 has a strong presence, a low-slung stance, and it blends luxury and sportiness under the same roof. It’s nowhere near as powerful as the LFA, but what if Lexus is planning to release a more potent version later on? These new spy shots suggest that we may soon be able to buy an LC F model with more power and a more aggressive exterior.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Lexus LC500

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Lexus LC500

It’s mean, it’s sporty, it’s the car you want in your driveway and on your screen!

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2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven

2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven

Lexus’ halo coupe is a grand touring marvel

It was in 2012 when Lexus pulled the covers off its LF-LC concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept boasted curvy lines, massive rear haunches, a big Spindle Grille, those signature fishhook LED daytime running lights, and a nose almost as long as Michael Keaton’s Batmobile. Somehow Lexus managed to keep the concept’s sultry lines almost completely intact for production. The final result is this, the 2018 Lexus LC500.

I spent a week behind its wheel, doing everything from blasting down the Interstate to picking up the kiddos in the carpool line. It fetched groceries and drew crowds in nearly equal amounts. It also fostered a love/hate relationship in my view. I’ll explain below.

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What It's Like to Daily Drive the Lexus LC500

What It’s Like to Daily Drive the Lexus LC500

A grand tourer that’s fine with commuting… mostly

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is a stunningly beautiful coupe that looks more like a concept car than a production model. That visual appeal, combined with its sultry interior and angry V-8, solidly confirm its place as an aspirational vehicle. It would be right at home on a bedroom poster next to high-end sports cars from Ferrari or Lamborghini. Yet this 2+2 coupe isn’t a true sports car, but a grand tourer with comfort and luxury as its main objective with a go-fast nature coming in second.

It’s this aim at luxury that makes the LC500 a pleasure to daily drive. Of course, the 471-horsepower V-8, 10-speed automatic, and rear-wheel drive that turn the pleasure into outright giddy fun.

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Why The Lexus LC500 Isn't Perfect

Why The Lexus LC500 Isn’t Perfect

The misunderstood labeling that’s hurting the LC’s image

Read nearly any online review of the 2018 Lexus LC500 and you’ll be left thinking the car is too heavy, too underpowered, and too expensive. And in defense of my fellow automotive journalists out there, they mean well but miss the LC’s essence – its thesis statement. Compared to many 2+2 luxury coupes with V-8 power and rear-wheel drive, the LC simply falls short in the performance category. Unfortunately, this narrow-angle view entirely misses the point of the LC’s existence.

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The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Perfect Ride for a Valentine's Day Date

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Perfect Ride for a Valentine’s Day Date

A hot ride for a hot date

It’s Valentine’s Day, and so long as you’re not celebrating Single’s Awareness Day, you’ve probably got a romantic date planned for tonight. While most people will ride to the restaurant in their Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Tahoe, they’re dreaming of arriving at the valet booth with something a bit more… upscale.

It seems the 2018 Lexus LC500 fits the bill rather perfectly. Let me explain.

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The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Definitive Grand Tourer

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Definitive Grand Tourer

Luxury combines with power to make driving an enriched experience

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is impossible to miss. Drive it anywhere and people will point, take pictures, and ask questions – both about the car and your best investment advice. The LC500 imparts an air of luxury and sophistication that not many vehicles can match. That’s especially true when, like my tester, the 2+2 coupe is draped in Liquid Platinum paint, fitted with the upgraded 21-inch wheels, and shows hints of its red interior through the windows. The LC simply looks like money.

And given its price tag, looking the part is the least it should do.

Lexus charges a whopping $92,000 for a “base” model LC500. Adding options makes the price rise quicker than Diet Coke out of a Mentos-filled bottle. My tester stickered for $100,920. That’s some serious coin for a vehicle some bill as a “personal luxury coupe.” But is it worth it? And more importantly, what is the LC500?

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What Lurks Under The Lexus LC500's Hood

What Lurks Under The Lexus LC500’s Hood

Hint: It makes the best noises of every Lexus short of the LFA

The 2018 Lexus LC500 has the pedigree of a proper sports car, though it’s far better at being a fantastic grand touring coupe. Still, it packs a wallop behind that Spindle Grille and it hides plenty of high-tech gadgetry under its carbon fiber reinforced plastic body panels.

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The Lexus LC500's Interior is Breathtaking

The Lexus LC500’s Interior is Breathtaking

Function takes a back seat to form’s overtly striking appeal

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is a beautiful car to behold. Just look at it – everything from those exterior lines and Coke bottle haunches to the interior’s deep bucket seats and intricate dashboard. The dash pulls cues and inspiration from the famed Lexus LFA while combining new elements and Lexus’ most modern take on the Enform infotainment system.

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Five Sports Cars To Consider In 2018

Five Sports Cars To Consider In 2018

Five rides to help you drop the hammer in the new year

Now that we’re knee-deep into the 2018 calendar year, it’s a great time to look ahead and think about all the great opportunities just over the horizon. Naturally, we here at TopSpeed are practically frothing at the mouth at the thought of all the great sports cars expected to drop over the course of the next 365 days. As such, we’ve assembled five of them right here for your collective amusement. Give the list a looksee, and make sure to let us know about the sports car you’re most excited about in the comments below.

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It's a Go: The Lexus LC Convertible Will Happen

It’s a Go: The Lexus LC Convertible Will Happen

The LC F is also in the cards

Grab hold of whatever you’re holding and don’t let go. The Lexus LC 500 is finally getting a convertible version. Given what we know about the LC 500 — it’s awesome — a convertible version is exactly what the doctor ordered. A convertible LC 500 is an exciting addition to the automaker’s lineup. Not only does it spell its coupe counterpart from going at the market alone, but it also provides customers with a fresh alternative to a segment inhabited by the likes of the Audi R8 Spyder and the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster. Even better: a more potent LC F model is also a possibility. If Lexus wanted to shake the establishment, these two models would go a long way in doing just that.

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Check Out Lexus' Black Panther Super Bowl Commercial Before The Big Game

Check Out Lexus’ Black Panther Super Bowl Commercial Before The Big Game

High-speed stunts and beating up the baddies? Yes please

Super Bowl 52 is less than two weeks away, with kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. And that means its time to ramp up the blockbuster commercials. Lexus is getting ahead of the game with the release of its latest Black Panther spot, which you can view in its entirety right here.

The ad is 60 seconds in length, but a shortened, 30-second iteration is scheduled for the third quarter on Super Bowl Sunday. The ad features the LS 500 F Sport, Lexus’ flagship four-door, as well as the hot-to-trot Lexus LC 500 Coupe, both of which slice and dice through the ad in heroic tire-burning fashion. We also get to watch Black Panther snagging some stolen vibranium before pulling up to a world leadership conference, giving us a preview of the costumes and props from the film.

All told, the ad should do well to expand Lexus’ target audience, which typically ranges from the old to the very old.

Make sure to check out Marvel’s Black Panther movie when it hits U.S. theaters February 16th.

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High Rollin': Five Sports Cars You Can Buy For Less Than The Price Of Tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

High Rollin’: Five Sports Cars You Can Buy For Less Than The Price Of Tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Those tires cost $93,000, folks.

Remember the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept? I’m sure most of you do because it’s on the short list of most incredible reveals in 2017. It’s essentially a more hardcore version of the Bugatti Chiron, and there’s only one of its kind in the world. Yes, it’s a legitimate one-of-one. It also happens to be super expensive and in the short life that it’s had, it’s already been owned by two people. Prince Badr bin Saud of Saudi Arabia was the hypercar’s original owner, who bought it from Bugatti for an undisclosed sum that’s rumored to be in the ten-figure range. It didn’t take long, though, for the Vision GT Concept to change owners as the one-off has found its way to the US courtesy of its new owner in Los Angeles.

As important as those things are, I’m here to talk about a startling discovery about the Vision Gran Turismo, and as some of you might expect, that “discovery” is related to its tires. Apparently - prepare to sit down for this one - a new set of tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo costs $93,000. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s $93,000. No typos. No misprints. No nothing. $93,000 for a set of tires.

Granted, it’s not out of the ordinary for the tires of Bugatti’s supercars to fetch insane amounts. A set of brand-new tires for the Veyron, for example, costs around $50,000 and a similar set for the all-new Chiron is actually a bargain at just over $40,000. But the Vision GT Concept trumps both of them, and it’s not even close. The price for a set of new tires for the concept is so preposterous that I’ve actually managed to come up with a list of sports cars that you can buy brand new for less than the price of the Vision GT’s tires. This is the auto world we live in now, folks. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s dripping in absurdity.

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2017 Lexus LC 500 Inspired By Black Panther

2017 Lexus LC 500 Inspired By Black Panther

For those times when you need Wakandan technology to help you stand out in the auto industry

As one of the most powerful and influential people in the Marvel Universe, you would think that Wakandan king T’Challa would have no problem procuring some of the most exotic supercars in the world. A Bugatti Chiron perhaps? Maybe a Koenigsegg Regera? But, the man who also is known as the Black Panther is far from a flashy fellow - his costume’s all-black! - so he’s probably not into the flaunting-his-wealth lifestyle that his colleague Tony Stark seems to be obsessed with. It’s also likely to be one of the reasons why he’s more than comfortable being spotted in a Lexus LC, and as fate - or marketing - would have it, we’re going to see exactly that at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show when Lexus brings a heavily dressed LC 500 dripping in Black Panther regalia.

For the record, Lexus actually created two LC 500 models for the promotion of the Black Panther movie. One of them is called the Lexus LC Inspiration Series. It’s more subdued than the other, owing to it being a special edition release that will be limited to just 100 units. The other unit, called the Black Panther Inspired LC, is a complete one-off and is not for sale. It’s also dripping in Wakandan technology, which isn’t a real thing to begin with, but awesome to imagine nevertheless. Hard to imagine Lexus suddenly getting resources from a fictional kingdom that gives them access to self-healing paint and vibranium-powered core indicator nodes, but you get the point. If you’re excited about getting the special edition unit that will be on sale, you might want to be on the look-out for when Lexus actually offers it up to the public. There’s not that many, to begin with, and considering the popularity of the Marvel Universe in this day and age, there’s a good chance all 100 units will be scooped up faster than it takes T’Challa to put on his Black Panther costume.

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Pops' Rants: Dumb Decisions Made in Japan

Pops’ Rants: Dumb Decisions Made in Japan

Nope, not all things made in Japan are better!

Nothing like a Friday 13th to end your work week, huh? Well, I’m not the superstitious type, but it’s on this day that I found out that Honda isn’t making a baby NSX. And that’s particularly upsetting since the design patent believed to be an upcoming sports car turned out to be just another Vision Gran Turismo thing. Nothing like getting a virtual car for a video game instead of an actual vehicle that could be really cool. Yuck!

In case you’re not familiar with the matter, a design patent that surfaced the web a while back hinted at a new Honda sports car. Its design was based on the bonkers NSX, it had a mid-engined layout, and it was smaller. This also meant it was lighter and more affordable. Like a dream come true, right? Well, it’s not gonna happen. Honda just wanted to make a Vision car for the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport video game. What a sad day...

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2018 Lexus LC Structural Blue Edition

2018 Lexus LC Structural Blue Edition

This Lexus LC is arguably the most unique special edition model you’ll see in quite some time

To what extent does a paint job become more important than the car itself? It’s a fascinating question if you frame it the right way and, in the case of the Lexus LC Structural Blue Edition, the paint job is the defining feature. Now, we’ve seen some automakers make bold claims about the lengths they go to in the name of exclusivity, but what Lexus went through to successfully create what it calls the “Structural Blue” paint finish is over and above everything we’ve seen in the industry in quite some time.

The patience and commitment that took place in Lexus to really perfect this specific shade of blue is why a lot of people are talking about it more than the actual special edition car itself. There’s a good reason for that because the process involved in creating this shade not only takes a ridiculous amount of time but also involves processes and exact specification requirements that are hard to believe. But hey, the price of all that research and development is something that no other automaker can boast. Lexus’ Structural Blue paint finish, which first made headlines at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, is now a real thing, and it’s arrived in the form of a special edition Lexus LC that fittingly bears its name.

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2018 Lexus LC 500

2018 Lexus LC 500

The Lexus LF-LC originally debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and since then, Lexus debuted the LF-LC Concept 2. Later in 2015, we got our hands on some spy photos of the LF-LC testing under camo in production form. It has been few years of constant teasing, but Lexus has finally unveiled the Lexus LC500 – the production variant of the LF-LC that we’ve been waiting for.

As you can see from a quick look, the LC500 isn’t all that different from the previous LF-LC concepts that we’ve seen. It is still the same low-sitting, dramatically styled coupe that will probably prove to be the best thing to come out of Lexus in a long time. With its unveiling, we’ve learned a lot about the 2+2 coupe that promises to be the future of Lexus, and to be honest, I can’t wait to see it on the street.

Akio Toyoda, a Master Driver and Chief Brand Officer for Lexus, said, “The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally. A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”

Of course, it’s not like you’ll see one at every corner. We’re not aware of pricing yet, but given the dramatic design and the details at hand, the car is sure to be reserved for those of the wealthier population. With that said, let’s take a look at Lexus’ new flagship luxury coupe and all the greatness that is Lexus LC500.

Update 3/20/2017: Lexus has announced pricing for the Lexus LC 500 and LC 500H. Check out our prices section below for all of the details.

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Get Ready, The Lexus LC F Is Coming

Get Ready, The Lexus LC F Is Coming

The Porsche 911 Turbo may finally get the competition it’s looking for

The Lexus LC is shaping up to be a legitimate contender to the established order of German sports cars, but as well-developed as the LC currently is, it still doesn’t have a range-topping model to call its own. Well, that’s all about to change now that parent company Toyota has officially filed trademarks to the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F.”

Granted, trademark filings aren’t automatic signs that a company is going to use the names it’s securing for a soon-to-be-released production model. For all we know, Toyota’s simply protecting the names so that other companies can’t use it. This is different though. The Lexus LC F is a car that’s on it’s way. You can take that to the bank.

Consider this: Lexus wants the LC to become its answer to established sports cars like the Porsche 911. It’s an ambitious goal, but it can be done if the automaker has the horses to make the 911 sweat. Here’s the thing though. The current LC lineup peaks with the LC 500 and its 471-horsepower and 398-pound-feet of torque numbers. Those are good numbers, but not good enough if Lexus hopes to truly compete against a car like the Porsche 911, let alone its two top-dog variants, the 540-horsepower 911 Turbo and the 580-horsepower 911 Turbo S.

A range-topping LC F would help fill that void for Lexus. It’s going to have to develop the heck out of it, but with the options it has at its disposal – don’t sleep on the LC F getting some form of turbos or even hybrid assistance – it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see the LC F packing some serious punch that can knock down a German titan or two.

Remember, these trademarks filings aren’t clear indications of the LC F. But let’s not kid ourselves either. The model is coming and it’s coming for Germany’s finest.

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Load Your Lexus LC 500 Up On Packages And You're Looking At A Six-Figure Price Tag

Load Your Lexus LC 500 Up On Packages And You’re Looking At A Six-Figure Price Tag

The Lexus LC 500 does not come cheap

The new Lexus SC and the Lexus UX Concept may be getting headlines in Detroit, but in the shadows of those two significant debuts is an equally important news about the impressive 2018 Lexus LC, specifically the cost of owning one. Yep, the 2018 LC 500 now has a price tag and it doesn’t come cheap, thanks in part to a starting price of $92,975 for the LC 500 V8 and $97,485 for the LC 500h V6 hybrid.

The good news is that both LC 500 variants didn’t break $100,000 in price after there were strong indications that they would. The bad news is that interested customers who are looking at the LC 500 as a possible purchase may have no choice but to go past that six-figure total if they avail of any extra options or packages.

As it stands now, Lexus is offering four unique packages for the LC 500: the Touring Package, Sport Package with Glass, Sport Package with Carbon, and Performance Package with Carbon. While there are some overlapping features in some of the packages, each one largely varies from the other. For instance, the Touring Package gets heated and ventilated front seats, a Mark Levinson audio system, a glass roof, and a new set of 20-inch forged wheels. Meanwhile, the Sport Package with Glass gets Alcantara sport seats, a Lexus Premium Audio system, and its own set of 20-inch forged wheels. Both packages are priced at $4,000 for the LC 500 and $2,790 for the LC 500h.

Then there’s the Sport Package with carbon, which adds a carbon fiber reinforced plastic composite roof and a new set of 21-inch forged wheels that replace the standard wheels of the Sport Package. The fourth, last, and the most expensive package is the Performance Package with Carbon. It doesn’t come with any wheel upgrades, but it does include a few aerodynamic bits in the form of an Active rear spoiler, Alcantara headliner, and carbon fiber scuff plates. Tech and safety features are also included in this particular program, which like explains why it’s the most expensive package among the four that Toyota’s premium brand is offering. The cost for this particular kit can go up to $10,000 for the LC 500 and $8,790 for the LC 500h V-6 hybrid.

Obviously, LC 500 owners aren’t obligated to get any of the packages in the event they don’t want them. But if some are prepared to pay more than $100,000 for the LC 500, then these packages are certainly worth a good look.

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2016 Lexus LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2016 Lexus LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

First custom project for the LC 500 sets the bar high for the others to follow

The first time for anything is always tricky because there’s no precedent to compare it to. For some, that might be a challenge, but for others, it’s an opportunity to set the bar high. Take what you will from that, but it’s important to remember that in the course of 10 months since the Lexus LF C broke cover at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the sports car has yet to be customized in an aftermarket setting. Well, that all changed at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show when Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing presented the very first custom project for the LF C.

It seems appropriate that Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing was the first to do it. After all, this is the same tuner that presented a tuning program for the GS F during last year’s SEMA show. It’s worth noting too that this kit for the LF C is far more comprehensive than the mostly cosmetic work done on the GS F a year ago. This program has it all; it’s got exterior upgrades, interior refinements, and engine modifications. The tuner even worked on the coupe’s suspension and added a new set of wheels and tires for good measure.

Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing indicated that it wanted to give the LF C a race-inspired look and feel to it and to that extent, it’s hard to argue with the results. Sure, it got some help from a number of collaborators, but in the end, we’ll remember this program – the first custom program for the LF C – as the work of Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing.

That in itself is not a surprise, as is the distinction that comes with being the first tuner to present a program for the Lexus LF C.

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2017 Lexus LC500 Super GT500

2017 Lexus LC500 Super GT500

The gorgeous LC500 goes racing with a turbo four-banger under the hood

The Lexus LC500 arrived at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show before taking its place as the company’s range-topping coupe. Downright gorgeous to look at and offered with a powerful V-8 engine and a hybrid drivetrain, the LC500 slots above the RC, filling a void that Lexus had in its lineup ever since the LFA was discontinued in 2012. For 2017, the big coupe is also set to replace the RC F in the Super GT, Japan’s famous grand touring racing series.

Although it came out of the blue and was a well kept secret since its inception, the race-spec LC500 isn’t exactly a surprise. Sure, the vehicle is larger than the RC F and its luxury-oriented purpose on the road doesn’t recommend it for track use, but Toyota’s racing department has made conversions like that in the past. The LFA is obviously the best example.

So why is Lexus replacing the RC F in the GT500 class of the Super GT series? Well, the Japanese firm has yet to release a statement, but likely Gazoo Racing has developed a better package for the LC500 and thinks that the larger coupe stands a better chance against the Nissan GT-R. In case you’re not familiar with the Super GT series, Nissan has won every championship since 2011 — except for the 2013 season, won by Lexus — and is about to win the ongoing battle too.

We don’t know much about the race-spec LC500 for now, but the coupe will make its racing debut in 2017 and testing will begin starting September 2016. Until Lexus releases some official data, let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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2018 Lexus LC GT3

2018 Lexus LC GT3

Will Lexus go racing with the LC 500?

Lexus has loads of experience in the world of GT3 racing. Most recently, the Japanese manufacturer backed track-prepped derivatives of the SC430 for its homegrown SuperGT series, as well as a GTE-spec variant of the LFA. Lexus’ latest effort is the RC F GT3 racecar, which launched as an integral part of the automaker’s motorsports program going into 2016. Realistically, the RC F has a good deal of development ahead of it before its ready to go for a title shot, but regardless, there’s still a chance we may see another GT3 racer out of Lexus sometime in the future. Why? Simple – there’s a new flagship on the block. It’s called the LC 500, and it’s a sports coupe instilled with Lexus’ sporting intentions front to back, making it a prime candidate for racing glory.

If Lexus does decide to move forward with a competition-ready LC GT3 racer, it’ll probably see action at events like the 24 Hours Nurburgring and benefit from the support of go-faster wizards from Gazoo Racing. But what’ll it look like, both on the outside and under the skin?

We wanted to know, so we penned a rendering and drummed up a little speculation.

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2017 Lexus LC 500h

2017 Lexus LC 500h

The LC 500h is Lexus’ first hybrid coupe

It’s been a little more than two months since we entered a new calendar year and Toyota is arguably the busiest automaker out there. On one hand it decided to axe the Scion sub-brand, while on the other hand, it is working on an expansion program for the Lexus division, which received a brand-new member at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It is called the LC 500 — it’s drop dead gorgeous, and sports the RC-F’s naturally aspirated V-8 under the hood. We’ve already speculated about the possibility of getting an LC F and LC 500 Convertible in the coming years, and Lexus has just announced that the luxury coupe will go hybrid.

The first derivative of the LC 500 family will break cover at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and, unsurprisingly, will be sold as the LC 500h. The new vehicle will expand Lexus’ hybrid lineup to seven nameplates, but more importantly, it will become the company’s first two-door with a blue badge on its nose.

The two-door hybrid, which is also based on the LF-LC concept., will debut alongside the LF-FC study, which made its first appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015. The LC 500h will break cover on March 1st, so make sure you stick around for the full rundown and live photos from Geneva. Meanwhile, keep reading to find out what we already know about Lexus’ first hybrid coupe.

Updated 02/18/2016: Lexus dropped the official specifications and a series of new images for its latest LC 500h.

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2018 Lexus LC Convertible

2018 Lexus LC Convertible

The 2016 Detroit Auto Show brought many interesting vehicles to the market, but none was as exciting as the Lexus LC 500. And, there are many reasons for that. First, the large coupe is downright gorgeous. Second, it comes with a naturally aspirated V-8 that’s both powerful and reliable. Third, Lexus has finally unleashed a performance coupe that’s larger than the RC, something we’ve been waiting for since the LFA was discontinued.

The minute we saw the LC 500 we instantly thought that Lexus needs to exploit this nameplate and create a few variants. The first that came to mind was a higher performance version carrying the "F" badge, and we immediately asked our artist to come up with a rendering, which you can see here. We also thought that Lexus should do a convertible version of the LC 500, one that would enable the brand to step into the luxury, large cabriolet market.

Our artist came up with this great rendering in no time, so we went ahead to speculate as to what a roofless LC might bring to the table. And, why not maybe give Lexus a few ideas. Check out the details in the review below.

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Lexus Trademarks LC 500 and LC 500h

Lexus Trademarks LC 500 and LC 500h

Lexus has completed the trademark of the LC 500 and LC 500h names in the U.S., Canada and Australia, providing us with the latest hint that the company’s range-topping sports coupe is inching close and closer to reality. This surprising development comes after an Autocar report from November 2014 stating Lexus was planning to resurrect the SC badge for use on its halo car. However, these new trademarks throw a sizable monkey wrench in those plans.

It’s a trade fact that Lexus attributes the number in the model name to the displacement of its engine. Take for example the RX 350. The "350" in its name signifies the 3.5-liter engine it uses. The same is true with the Lexus GX 460 and its 4.6-liter engine. Following that convention, it’s likely that the LC 500 will get a 5.0-liter engine, likely the same one found beneath the hood of the 2015 RC F.

Meanwhile, the LC 500h is going to be a hybrid, given the “h” affixed to its name, but it’s unknown if this will be of the fuel-saving variety or the face-twisting-performance variety. But again, if we follow Lexus’ naming strategy on hybrids, the names of its models offer some hints on the size of the engine. In the case of hybrids, Lexus usually tacks a one-liter hike on the numerical part of its name relative to its engine displacement, with the only exception being the CT 200h and its 1.8-liter engine. If you look at Lexus’ bigger hybrids like the GS 450h and the RX 450h, both models have 3.5-liter engines so with that logic, it’s reasonable to expect the LC 500h to receive a 4.0-liter engine and an electric motor.

All this is still speculation, but one that’s grounded in common knowledge within the industry about Lexus’ naming strategy. What we do know is that there’s still a lot of time left before Lexus reveals all the details on its new halo car. It isn’t expected to launch until 2016 but at least we now have an idea of its name, which also gives us a chance to speculate on its drivetrain.

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