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2016 Detroit Auto Show: Lexus LC 500: Comments

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The theme of Lexus' press conference for the introduction of the LC 500 was 'New Chapter'. Phrases such as 'cars that fill the heart' were thrown around during the presentation done by Akio Toyoda today. Considering what the LC 500' intent is, it does mark something new.

 

In terms of looks, LC 500 looks very similar to the LF-LC concept shown four years ago at Detroit. Yes, there is an imposing predator grille which will be likely sticking point for a number of people. But there are some other touches such as the fanged lights, intergrated door handles, and a rear end that makes a call back to the orignal SC from the 90's.

 

The LC rides a new rear-drive platform that is purpose built for performance and handling. This new platform will underpin future vehicles.

 

Before you think the LC is a competitor to the likes of the Porsche 911, it measures out to 188 inches in overall length. This means the LC is more a competitor to the likes of the BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

 

Structurally, the LC boasts a combination of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, aluminum, and high-strength steel. There is the option of a carbon fiber roof to increase rigidity and cut weight. Lexus says the LC is the stiffest unibody structure they have ever created, and that's including the LFA.

 

Power will come from 5.0L V8 that is found under the hood of the GS-F and RC-F. Power output stands at 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. A new ten-speed automatic routes the power to the rear wheels. Lexus claims a 0-60 MPH time of 4.5 seconds.

 

The interior features a large floating center stack that separates driver and passenger and the availability of leather and Alcantara for the seats.

 

Lexus will launch the LC 500 next year.

 

Source: Lexus
Pic Credit: Lexus

 


 

You can follow all of our reports from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show here.

 

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Bold move, but I have to laugh at the powertrain they are using.. 467HP.. that thing better be 3000lbs or I can see a many a car making it look as bad as my old Z51 C6 made an LFA look I happened upon a few years ago. 

 

Props to Toyota for at least doing it tho. Cadillac.. your move. Elmiraj needs a green light.

 

 

cadillac-concept-Elmiraj-details-masthea

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Not impressed with the predator mouth and Nike Swoosh front end.

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Bold move, but I have to laugh at the powertrain they are using.. 467HP.. that thing better be 3000lbs or I can see a many a car making it look as bad as my old Z51 C6 made an LFA look I happened upon a few years ago. 

 

Props to Toyota for at least doing it tho. Cadillac.. your move. Elmiraj needs a green light.

 

 

 

 

This kind of hyperbole right here is why you and I butt heads. Only you would somehow suggest a C6 Corvette even begins to hold a candle to an LFA. Or that this car will look bad. This is the base model. There will be a hybrid and twin-turbo model to follow. It is more than sufficient as a base engine. Especially in a luxury coupe.

 

 

As for the car, it is a stunning design. They could have cleaned the rear end up just a bit, however. Didn't expect this thing to start around the six-figure mark, but I guess Lexus is going after the big fish here.

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It's an ugly looking car.  Lexus has no real high power engines, the 467 hp V8 is their most powerful engine, and is not so high on torque either.  Agreed though, that at least you give them credit for building a bold design, low volume car.

 

What is odd though is this car is 187 inches long, so it is closer in size to a C-class coupe, no where near as big as an S-class coupe, which was their supposed target.

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I like it all.....  except the front end.  The rest of the car looks classic Lexus.  I swish that would give the spindle crap a rest. 

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The LF-LC was mentioned....but alas, this is NOT the LF-LC I fell in love with.

Sure it has some little details that remind us this is the production version of the LF-LC...

 

Im afraid its the usual case with concepts and reality....too little, too late.

 

Still a good looking car though, but I dont lust for it the way I did for the LF-LC back in 2012.

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The LF-LC was mentioned....but alas, this is NOT the LF-LC I fell in love with.

Sure it has some little details that remind us this is the production version of the LF-LC...

 

Im afraid its the usual case with concepts and reality....too little, too late.

 

Still a good looking car though, but I dont lust for it the way I did for the LF-LC back in 2012.

 

 

Just out of curiosity, what don't you like?

 

The biggest change from the concept car is the aft roofline/C-piller area. Other than that, the rear is slightly resculpted and the rear haunches are a bit narrower. It's pretty darn close to the concept.

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Actually Frisky...MY BAD!

 

I took a wrong turn on an image I had clicked when I was searching for it...I dont know what I was looking at now that you mentioned it!!!

After reading your post, I clicked on MT's webpage to see it there better...

 

And Ill retract what I said...

 

 

I LOVE THIS THING!!!

 

The only negative thing I could think of...is that it came out in 2016...4 years later...but its still stunning!

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I can't tell which is the concept and which is the production model.

 

So it gets the instant cred of being larger than life, like how the ELR had for being so close to the concept.

 

I like it a lot. And I like the size too. And the interior looks like, heck, probably is peanut butter.

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Bold move, but I have to laugh at the powertrain they are using.. 467HP.. that thing better be 3000lbs or I can see a many a car making it look as bad as my old Z51 C6 made an LFA look I happened upon a few years ago. 

 

Props to Toyota for at least doing it tho. Cadillac.. your move. Elmiraj needs a green light.

 

 

 

 

This kind of hyperbole right here is why you and I butt heads. Only you would somehow suggest a C6 Corvette even begins to hold a candle to an LFA. Or that this car will look bad. This is the base model. There will be a hybrid and twin-turbo model to follow. It is more than sufficient as a base engine. Especially in a luxury coupe.

 

 

As for the car, it is a stunning design. They could have cleaned the rear end up just a bit, however. Didn't expect this thing to start around the six-figure mark, but I guess Lexus is going after the big fish here.

 

 

 

 

 

Let me get this straight... U suggesting that my C6 Corvette wasn't a better performer than the LFA??? Because U drove my C6.. U drove the LFA too.. or at the very least raced one??? 

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I don't understand why this vehicle has to weigh less than the porkers that are the 650i or Mercedes SLC coupe.

 

And it's debuting an all-new platform.

 

And it looks slick. I know styling is purely subjective, but the surface treatments, innovative use of lighting elements and just the lickable interior in terms of materials - it's mighty fine.

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      6,895
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      19,983
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      6,288
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      10,844
      14,207
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      28,794
      25.9
      30.6
      96,209
      74,348
      26.0
      29.4
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      9,400
      6.0
      9.9
      24,081
      20,760
      13.0
      16.0
      TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT TRUCK
      75,572
      70,582
      3.2
      7.1
      200,610
      181,460
      7.7
      10.6
      LEXUS NA BUILT TRUCK
      8,198
      8,745
      -9.6
      -6.3
      21,004
      19,983
      2.4
      5.1
      TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK
      131,698
      117,521
      8.1
      12.1
      341,904
      296,551
      12.3
      15.3
                        Selling Days
      28
      27
          77
      78
          DSR = Daily Selling Rate
           
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