The legendary Lexus LFA has finally had a follow-up with the unveiling of the Lexus LC at the ongoing Detroit Motor Show. Inspired by the LF-LC concept, this 2+2 coupe is Lexus’ hint on its future cars when it comes to the company’s engineering and design capabilities.
The LC uses the familiar V8 powerplant that powers the RC-F and GS-F models. That said, its naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 is capable of 467 hp and 527 Nm of torque. It uses a 10-speed automatic gearbox setup. Power is delivered through the rear wheels.
Lexus claims that the new single-clutch gearbox weighs less and can swap gears as quickly as a double-clutch setup. This lends its hand at the LC’s century sprint time of 4.5 seconds.
While the LFA uses the lightweight but expensive carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), the LC uses a combination of CFRP, aluminium and high-strength steel which increase its torsional rigidity. Handling is improved with the usage of all-aluminium double ball-jointed upper and lower suspension arms, together with grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sports tyres. It also boasts having a weight distribution of 52:48.
Apart from the humongous Spindle grille as seen in most modern Lexus cars, the LC also features the company’s new digital dash display and Multimedia package – something that may well be a standard fitment in future Lexus models. Optional items for the LC include all-speed dynamic cruise control, lane-keeping assist, collision mitigation, automatic high-beam and a carbon-fiber roof.
As for now, no details were made on the car’s pricing and official launch date. Just like the LFA, the LC will carry Lexus’ mantle as the company’s Halo car, boosting its performance credentials to its customers. Judging from the impression this LC has given, we can’t wait to see what Lexus can deliver in the coming years.