We are still patiently waiting for Lexus' new LC sports coupe to hit the market, but now we get to see it in action. The automaker's German arm recently released a video teasing the coupe, and it offers us our first opportunity to hear its familiar V-8.
The wait has been worthwhile.
The LC 500 will be offered in both standard gas and gasoline-electric hybrid (LC 500h) models when it goes on sale for the 2018 model year. The LC 500 will utilize the 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the RC F and GS F, rated at 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. We've heard that big V-8 before, since it 's not exactly a new engine, and it sounds great. However, if this video is any indication, the LC range may take things to a higher level in regard to aural performance.
And that's not a surprise since Lexus has developed a new, sophisticated platform dedicated specifically to its new rear-wheel-drive sports car. With short overhangs and an overall length just a bit longer than the RC F, the LC 500 could be the high-performance machine Lexus has lacked since the LFA was discontinued. (Note: That is not to disparage the fabulous GS F). The big difference, of course, is that the LFA was a genuine supercar with a price tag to match, while the LC 500 will be more accessible.