Thanks to the sharp eyes of Tom Malloy, a prototype of the new 2017 Lexus LC 500 was spotted testing on California roads wrapped in camouflage.
The Lexus LC 500 will be the production version of the LF-LC concept and will be on show at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next month. This luxury car is important because it will compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 6 Series coupes.
Presumably, there are going to be two choices, and those are the 3.6-liter V6 with a hybrid system, and the 5.0-liter V8.
According to Motoring Australia, Lexus would be releasing two models – the LC 500 and the LC 500h.
The Lexus LC 500 coupe will be powered by a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 477 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine used by the the Lexus RC F and the GS F. Motoring Australia also revealed that the engine may be paired with the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission developed by Aisin. The new transmission will lead to a more efficient performance.
The LC 500h coupe will feature a multi-hybrid system. For the engine, the LC 500h will be powered by an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 308 horsepower. The electric motor will produce about 217 horsepower. The LC 500h will have a combined power output of 470 horsepower according to our source.
Firm details about the upcoming Lexus LC 500 are scarce because the new coupe hasn’t been formally announced. Watch our media coverage of the North American International Auto Show January 11 – 24 for more news about this exciting debut and other new cars and crossovers.
TFLcar team will be in Detroit to bring you all the latest news. In the meantime, watch this Lexus RC F coupe first drive review on the track.