We finally get to hear the Lexus LC 500


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. 

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