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The Lexus LC 500 That Wowed Detroit Autophiles Is Basically Flawless

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Lexus made a grand appearance at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show with its LC 500 luxury sports coupe, that has certainly left audiences feeling breathless the moment they saw the car. It wasn’t at all out of place, instead, many faces were impressed with how the automaker has managed to create a full-on replica from scratch.

And it’s a big deal. That’s because car manufacturers often unveil high-profile concept vehicles but eventually water them down when it’s ready for production (if they actually decided to build the car at all). But they did, and that’s why many are impressed by the capability Lexus has shown in this concept-turned-reality car. This is probably the car they made to make up for the negatively-received RX crossover they’ve released.

In the heart of this luxury coupe, lies a 5.0-litre V8 engine (that’s also found in the RC F and GS F), which offers up to 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle brings from a standstill to 60 miles per hour with an estimated time of less than 4.5 seconds. Let’s not forget about the fact that the LC 500 is Lexus’ first car to utilise its all-new, premium rear-wheel drive luxury platform, which ultimately creates the stiffest unibody the brand has ever created.

The LC 500 is a full-on replica of the LF-LC concept, which was originally debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Much hasn’t been expected about the concept car back then, since it was merely thought to be simply as a “design exercise” done by Toyota’s luxury branch. But it’s not the case anymore, since it’s been practically brought to life. And we’re really glad they did.