Search for car
cars, specifications, sportcars, mercedes, audi, toyota, nissan

2017 Lexus LF-LC: 500-hp beast

What It Is:

A two-plus-two sports coupe concept from Toyota’s California design
studio that could be Lexus’s answer to the Aston Martin DB9 if, of
course, it reaches production. More expensive and more driver-oriented
than the defunct SC430 convertible, this “poor man’s LFA” (it’ll cost
about half as much) will squeeze at least 500 horsepower from its hybrid
powertrain.

Why It Matters:

With the LFA out of the picture, the LF-LC would become the brand’s standard-bearer—and a more visible one at that.

Platform:

Unknown. A new front-engine, rear-drive architecture or a heavily revised Lexus GS platform are logical possibilities.

Powertrain:

A gasoline-electric hybrid with a V-8 engine and at least 500 horsepower.

Competition:

Aston Martin DB9, Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari California,
Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe, Porsche 911 Turbo, Rolls-Royce Wraith.

What Might Go Wrong:

Unveiled as a concept at last year’s Detroit show, the LF-LC moved
toward production after enthusiastic receptions at dealer meetings. That
green light can swiftly turn red, though, for a host of political and
economic reasons.

Estimated Arrival and Price:

At the earliest, in 2016 as a 2017 model with a price just below $200,000.