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Detroit Hosts World Premiere of 2017 Lexus LC 500

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Derek Boshouwers

Lexus is putting on the global premiere of its all-new coupe at the North American International Auto Show this week. The 2017 Lexus LC 500 is a luxury coupe built on an all-new architecture for the manufacturer, predicated on improved aerodynamics and enhanced performance.

First seen as a concept at Detroit’s 2012 show, the LC 500 is now unveiled as a production-ready 4-person coupe, which Lexus is putting forward as its new flagship sports coupe. It sleeker lines, aggressive stance and commitment to responsive power – 467 HP, 389 lb-ft of torque -  fits the new model  squarely within Lexus’ strategy of appealing to a younger, more vibrant demographic.

The front fascia of the new LC 500 displays a new version of Lexus’ trademark “spindle” grille, flanked on three sides by chrome elements as well as a newly created 3D mesh design. L-shaped running daytime front headlights accompany a triple LED headlamp package for a decidedly lean and mean sports-car look.

Lexus’ commitment to refinement inside its cars’ cabins is still as strong with the LC 500, even within the confines of the sports coupe segment. The driver’s seat is quite stridently cockpit-minded, but attention was given with all seats to providing sufficient comfort for longer road trips.


Derek Boshouwers
Derek Boshouwers
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