2017 Lexus LC 500 Preview Jan 26, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Following its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show, automotive news outlets across the country are writing about the 2017 Lexus LC 500. This sports coupe is stylishly eye-catching and was the center of attention at the auto show. It is designed for drivers who want a bit more excitement in their lives and isn’t necessarily family-oriented unless your children are a bit older.
Basic Design and Style
The LC 500 is a coupe with seating for four passengers, although space is somewhat tight in the rear seats. This 2017 Lexus has an athletic look thanks to its oversized wheels and arched body line. The front is taken over by a large Lexus spindle grille.
Getting behind the wheel of the 2017 LC 500 will give you access to the 5.0-liter V8 engine found in the GS F and RC F. This is a naturally aspirated engine that generates 467 horsepower and a torque of 389 pound-feet. It has rear-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic which can shift as quickly as dual clutch transmissions. You can expect to reach 60 miles per hour in less than 4.5 seconds. Lexus pointed out that despite the transmission’s numerous cogs, it weighs less than many 8-speed automatics, so you don’t have to worry about weight affecting performance. The doors are also made of carbon fiber and aluminum as a way to further reduce weight and boost handling. The newest Lexus LC 500 should be stiffer than any of the previous models. Only a few people have been lucky enough to take the 2017 Lexus LC 500 on a drive, but they have said that the vehicle feels significantly improved and has good on-track handling.
The interior of the new LC 500 is as luxurious as you would expect from a Lexus, with leather throughout. The steering wheel is thick enough to provide grip when driving at higher speeds while the paddle shifters mounted on it make it easy to shift through the 10 gears. Instead of the Remote Touch interface found in other Lexus vehicles, the LC 500 has a dial and touchpad.
The 2017 Lexus LC 500 won’t be available until spring 2017 in the United States and Japan. Even with a seemingly long wait, European drivers will have to wait a few extra months. Lexus says that it will cost under $100,000 within the United States, making it more affordable than the competition.