2018 Lexus LC 500 Coming Next May Armed With 471 Horsepower
We can't wait
When first shown the 2018 Lexus LC 500, our design auteur Robert Cumberford said, "Honorable exception of the plaster-filled-balloon-shaped SC 400 coupe aside, I've found every Lexus apart from the LFA supercar essentially unattractive. There were many awkward, overwrought, and easily forgettable sedans and coupes and a lot of bulky SUVs. But pure quality of manufacture and bland perfection of middle-class, un-sporty road manners made the brand an American best-seller. With this LC 500, though, Lexus got me. I still see many imperfections and peculiarities, but they don't matter. I like it."
It's not easy to win over the notoriously eagle-eyed Cumberford, but the LC 500 provided such a good case for elegant design, even he couldn't deny its beauty. The rest of our office is in agreement with Cumberford on the LC 500's styling, but we don't just want to stare at it, we want to know how it drives. As we inch closer to the LC 500's debut, Lexus is giving us tasty tidbits about its performance.
In the standard 2018 LC 500, the 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 makes 471 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, 4 hp and 9 lb-ft more than it makes in the RC F and GS F. The bump in output is thanks to a new dual intake, reduced engine friction, and a freer-flowing exhaust that's a pleasure to listen to, as evidenced in a recent ad from Lexus UK.
In addition to the 5.0-liter V-8, the LC 500 can also be had with a range-topping 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled to an electric motor. This application develops 354 horsepower, which is sent through a multi-stage hybrid system with a four-speed final drive. When added to the standard transmission, the drivetrain making it feel like a 10-speed automatic.
Pricing hasn't been disclosed yet, but we're expecting the luxury performance coupe to start near $100,000, with a $10,000 premium for the hybrid option, which Lexus executives believe will account for around 20 percent of the volume. Additionally, the LC 500 will come with four distinct trims; base, Touring, Sport, and Sport Plus.
According to Lexus, 80 percent of global sales will likely come to the United States, while the LC 500h hybrid is expected to see more prevalence in markets such as China. The 2018 LC 500 is set to go on sale sometime next spring, but a firm date has yet to be announced.