Lexus LC 500 Luxury Coupe Goes Full Predator With 467HP V8, 10-Speed Automatic Transmission

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If you’re one of the many that is not a fan of Lexus’ spindle grille (lovingly called the Predator grille in enthusiast circles), you likely won’t be too impressed with the new LC 500. The LC 500 is the production version of the LF-LC concept car that debuted four years ago at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Amazingly enough, the LC 500 made the transition from concept to production relatively unscathed with respect to styling (for better or worse).

The spindle grille simply dominates the front-end of the and, and is perhaps the best implementation of the feature on a production Lexus to date (at least to my eyes). Flanking the grille are Lexus’ “Nike swoosh” running lights and funky LED headlight clusters. The profile of the LC 500 recalls a bit of the LFA supercar, while the stately rear-end is adorned with taillights that pay homage to the headlight clusters upfront.

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Overall, the exterior design might be a bit on the busy side, but it seems to “work” for the most part. As for the interior, Lexus has gone leather happy, putting the caramel-colored cowhide on major touch points throughout the cabin. The overall color and design brings back memories of the Enterprise-D’s bridge, but maybe I’m just a bit crazy in the head.

The LC 500 is built on an “all-new, premium rear-wheel-drive luxury platform” that will underpin Lexus’ future high-end luxury sedans and crossovers. Much of the engine’s mass has been pushed rearward of the front axle, allowing weight distribution to hover at a “nearly ideal” 52/48. Powering the LC 500 is the same 5.0-liter V8 engine found under the hood of the RC F and GS F. In the LC 500, it generates 467hp and 389 ft-lb of torque.

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When Lexus introduced the world’s first 8-speed automatic transmission with the LS 460, the competition thumbed their noses before introducing their own renditions. Now, we have vehicles with 9-speed automatic transmissions (from FCA) and the LC 500 brings with it a 10-speed automatic transmission. Remarkably, the new 10-speed automatic transmission is both smaller and lighter than the outgoing 8-seed unit. Lexus is targeting 0-60 times of 4.5 seconds with this powertrain combo.

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Lexus has not set a launch date for the LC 500 and we still don’t know which side of $100,000 the vehicle will land once it arrives in the United States.

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