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Can Lexus Hurry Up and Release the LC 500?
Ever since it premiered at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, I have been waiting for the Lexus LC 500 coupe with bated breath. It's by far the coolest car to come from Lexus since the LFA, and I want to start seeing them semi-regularly. I'd also like to own one, but I don't think that's happening anytime soon, considering the base price is $92,975.
First off, the LC 500 looks spectacular. I don't really like the grille, which seems to have been modeled after a Predator without its mask, but I think the LC 500 is the first instance where it really, undoubtedly works. You can also see where designers took inspiration from the LFA -- in the tail lights, the rear brake vents and overall profile. Inside, the LC 500's extensive use of brown leather evokes the interior of a Ferrari Testarossa.
Apparently, it's no slouch, either. The standard LC 500 gets the 471-horsepower V8 from the RC F coupe and GS F sedan, which is an excellent engine. When I drove the GS F, I found the engine offered a throaty exhaust note and a lot of character -- and even if it didn't have all the power in the world, it was enough.
It should be enough for the LC 500, too. Lexus says the LC 500 can do zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, which is pretty quick. According to the first drives that have been published, it's legitimately exciting to drive, with great steering feel and athletic handling that's very competent on twisty roads (but maybe not quite at home on a race track). But the LC 500 isn't supposed to be a hardcore supercar -- it's supposed to be grand tourer, and that's exactly how a grand tourer is supposed to handle.
There's also a hybrid model, the LC 500h, that gets a 3.5-liter V6 and two electric motors -- which is pretty cool, I guess, if you're into that kind of thing. It'll be a bit slower than the regular LC 500, but you'll feel like you're doing your part.
Anyway, the LC 500 is supposed to hit dealer lots in May, and I'm absolutely ready for it. I hope they sell a lot of them. It's Lexus's response to the criticism that their cars are boring, and I hope -- for the sake of car enthusiasts -- that they prove everyone wrong.