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tough crowd. I saw one for the first time in the wild this weekend, and I thought it looked really good.
 

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I am trying to get use to the grill....but from the side it really reminds me of the LFA....as a matter of fact there TRD has a body kit in the works for the car and somewhere on the web i saw a photo of it installed on a black LC500 and all I can say is WOW....wish I would have saved the photo and posted it here but it was late at night and my brain was already sleeping...haha.
Just wish this car would come with a DCT instead of that 10 speed slushbox.
 

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I am trying to get use to the grill....but from the side it really reminds me of the LFA....as a matter of fact there TRD has a body kit in the works for the car and somewhere on the web i saw a photo of it installed on a black LC500 and all I can say is WOW....wish I would have saved the photo and posted it here but it was late at night and my brain was already sleeping...haha.
Just wish this car would come with a DCT instead of that 10 speed slushbox.

links to images:

https://www.clublexus.com/how-tos/slideshows/lc500-now-with-100-more-trd-exterior-photos-471746

http://www.lc500forum.com/forum/11-exterior-interior/9090-trd-lc500-bodykit.html

https://lexusenthusiast.com/2017/06/06/photo-gallery-the-lexus-lc-body-kit-from-trd-japan/
 

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Lexus LC F to Debut in 2019 with 600 Horsepower?



Japanese magazine Best Car is reporting that Lexus will introduce an LC F coupe powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 with over 590 horsepower and 500 lb.ft of torque.

Lexus engineers have set a high benchmark for the high-performance coupe, aiming to compete directly with the Nissan GT-R Nismo — currently the most powerful Japanese production automobile available.

If these Best Car rumors turn out correct, the Lexus LC F will debut in 2019 with a retail price of ¥20 million ($178,000 USD).
https://lexusenthusiast.com/2017/07/14/lexus-lc-f-to-debut-in-2019-with-600-horsepower/
 

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About a month ago I had just sold the wife's new IS250 and we went to look at the LC500. The salesman "promised" that the LC-F was going to be a twin turbo monster. I took his word with a grain of salt at the time, but I keep hearing the same rumors more frequently.
 

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Lexus LC F – Exclusive First Look!

Artist rendering previews the snarling 600 hp coupe we’ll see this fall.
The fact that we’ll soon see a Lexus LC F is one of the worst kept secrets in the automotive world today. After all, Lexus trademarked the moniker earlier this year. And just a few weeks after that revelation, we learned that the hot(ter) coupe would allegedly employ a 4.0 liter, twin-turbo V8 pushing out 600 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. But since then, we’ve heard nothing but crickets in regards to the Lexus LC F. Until now.

Japanese car site Best Car Web recently confirmed most of the details present in Car & Driver‘s original scoop, which reportedly came directly from an unnamed Lexus source. Like C&D, the report indicates that the LC F’s powerplant will use twin turbos to produce 600 hp. Unlike the original report, however, they believe it will displace somewhere between 4.0 and 5.0 liters. Lexus doesn’t currently produce a twin-turbo powerplant outside of the V6 present in the new LS 500.

Best Car Web reports that Lexus has set their sights rather high for this ultimate version of the LC. Supposedly they’ve been eyeballing the Nissan GT-R Nismo’s Fuji lap times, as well as a Mercedes AMG-like 500 lb-ft of torque. Performance like that will obviously cost you, and the Lexus LC F will reportedly set you back $180,000. But hey, that’s still nearly half the original MSRP of the LFA.

We took all the latest information we had on the LC F and had artist Pratyush Rout draw up these amazing renderings. The aggressive front splitter, hood vents, brake air ducts, and fixed rear wing are all expected to make it to production. As are unique 20-inch wheels, 6-piston brakes, and high performance tires. Originally expected to debut this fall, the latest reports indicate that the Lexus LC F will in fact drop as a 2019 model. Either way, we should know much more about the exciting performance coupe by the end of the year.
https://www.clublexus.com/articles/exclusive-first-look-at-the-lexus-lc-f/


 

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Why the Lexus LC500 Is the Perfect Halo Car



The horns won't stop honking.

It's not because I'm driving like a turd. Nearly every time I get to a light, the car next to me honks gently to get my attention. The driver of that car is smiling and enthusiastically giving the thumbs up. Sometimes they gesture that they want me to roll the window down. Most of the conversations go something like this:

"That car is gorgeous. What is it?"

"Right? Lexus LC500."

"I've never seen a Lexus like that!"

That's far different than the conversation that you'll have in any other Lexus, mainly because you won't be having one. People aren't pulling up next to an ES, IS, or even an RC F and trying to get the driver's attention.

But you knew that. You likely think of a Lexus as a nicer Toyota. That's a perception the company has been trying to shake for years. Company head Akio Toyoda is a racer at heart, and it pains him that the cars are seen as boring appliances.

To shed that image, Lexus started injecting performance cars into the lineup. They built the V8-powered IS F to compete with the BMW M3. The LFA was heralded as one of the greatest cars of all time and a fittingly Japanese take on the supercar. Cars like the RC F and GS F both use naturally aspirated V8s while all competitors have gone to turbo power. That engine may be down on torque, but it sounds and feels so much better. Those cars are superb on a backroad and a highway, making them excellent grand tourers, but are too heavy to be amazing on a track.

The LC is not a track weapon either. And that's fine. Just look at it.

It's as close to a concept car as you can get on the street. The front end is impossibly low, with headlights encased in what looks like titanium. On certain color LCs (read: not silver), it really stands out. The side profile is sleek, with flush, Aston Martin-like door handles and a floating roofline. Around back, the taillights disappear into the trim when they aren't lit. When they are lit, there are layers to them, like the OLED tails in a BMW M4 GTS. You can stare at them for hours.

The nuttiness continues inside, where the LC has knobs that feel more expensive than entire cars, suede that is far nicer than any leather (the red in our car is the color to get), and door handles that are just floating in the middle of the door, nothing around them. The only bad part is Lexus's infotainment system, which has a mouse for some reason and is probably the most infuriating system on the market.

Since you can't look at the exterior when you're driving, and, let's be honest, you can't really look around and appreciate the interior either, this car needs to drive well. And it truly does, depending on your expectations.

The LC500 doesn't wear an F badge on it, even though it has the RC F and GS F's 5.0 liter, 471 horsepower, 398 lb. ft. V8 (you can also get a hybrid). That's important, because if it had the F badge, the same (wrong) expectations of track readiness could be placed on the LC that are on the RC F and GS F. It'd let you down.

If you want the LC, you want a large GT car that has a free revving V8 that sounds unreal, a smooth ride, and a seriously comfortable interior. It delivers on all those things. It's an excellent high-speed GT coupe that's surprisingly agile in the corners. You also get a 10-speed gearbox, which is a bit of a conundrum. It works just fine, with smooth shifts in auto mode and quick, rev-matched ones in manual. The problem is that it's just way too many gears. The LC is geared tall, and that means you really only have three gears to let it hit redline before you're breaking all local speed limits. Then you have seven more gears that are effectively for the highway.

The solution? Just drive the LC as a GT car with occasional bursts to redline. It won't let you down, but we'd prefer to have the ratios shorter so we could enjoy that V8 sound.

Manufacturers introduce cars like this as a halo for the brand. They know that it won't be the best seller in the lineup, but it will generate interest from people who otherwise wouldn't care. Most halo cars are insanely expensive and you only see them at car shows, dealers, or on YouTube. But the LC isn't $300,000 like the LFA was; it starts at $92,000 for the V8 and $96,510 for the hybrid. Not economy car cheap, but attainable. People will buy them. You'll see them on the road, at the store, parked on the street. You'll start thinking that maybe you want a Lexus instead of something from Germany.

And that's exactly what Akio Toyoda wants.
http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/first-drives/a10268262/why-the-lexus-lc500-is-the-perfect-halo-car/
 

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I love that blue rendering. If they don't make it then some tuner will build one... supercharge the engine ala the RR Racing kit for the RC-F / IS-F. Proper exhaust. A body kit. Weight reduction. Aggressive suspension. And you're probably there.
 

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Updated: New Rumors on the Lexus LC F Coupe

Japanese magazine Holiday Auto is running an interview with a purported Lexus insider, who has much to say about the much–rumored LC F high-performance coupe.

(Please keep in mind this information comes through Google Translate, which can be problematic.)

First off, the insider claims the LC F will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 engine with 630ps, which converts to 621 horsepower. This is in line with a earlier report from Best Car, and could be a repackaged rumor.

However, the insider doesn’t stop there — they also claim that Lexus will reduce the weight of the LC F by 7% through the additional use of CFRP, and that the Japanese price will be over 20 million yen, or $176,000 USD. As a comparison, the LC 500 costs 13 million yen ($115,000 USD) in Japan.

The insider goes even further with talk of manufacturing, claiming the LC F will be alongside the standard LC and will not require its own dedicated line. On the topic of a release date, the insider says that final testing will start in Fall 2018, with the LC F reaching dealerships some time in 2019.

Who can say if this all true? Adding specifics like weight reduction and probable pricing brings some credibility, but it’s also easy enough to falsify. What’s your read on this story?
https://lexusenthusiast.com/2017/12/11/updated-new-rumors-on-the-lexus-lc-f-coupe/



 

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I saw about 50 of them that were dropped off at the parking lot near an HPDE I was attending in NJ at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

They looked better in person than in photos. And the ugly grill looks way better on these than it does on the RX, which looks absolutely horrendous from every angle.

I give credit to Lexus for making a true sporty coupe again. Good for them, despite touch and go styling.
 

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 vs. 2018 Lexus LC 500 - Head 2 Head Ep. 96

On this episode of Head 2 Head presented by Tire Rack (http://www.tirerack.com), Jethro Bovingdon and Jonny Lieberman head to Spain to sample two of the finest grand touring cars in existence, the new Aston DB11 and the big LC from Lexus. Back during 2017’s Best Driver’s Car competition, the Lexus shocked the MOTOR TREND staff as a credible driver’s car. The Aston? Not so much, with the V12-powered DB11 garnering a last-place vote. However, this time out, the DB11 is packing an AMG-built twin-turbo V8, 253 fewer pounds, and a reworked suspension. Will the sharp-looking Japanese luxury cruiser deliver more GT thrills than the handsome Brit at half the price? Watch and find out!
 
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