One can argue that when it comes to coupes, the LC is one of the most attractive there is. Lexus however knew that this model can become more beautiful and thus, it entered into a partnership with Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing to make this possible. Revealed during the 2016 SEMA Show, this version of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 Coupe may well be the first ever customized variant. Though some may consider this to be a relatively easy project, the brand in fact started development of this customized version a full year before presenting the production model version. This was a big challenge as it meant that the prototype had be developed before the base model is released to market and there is no aftermarket support or even any accessories.
Lexus has yet to reveal any changes done on the interior although the brand says it will have the same specifications as that of the GT3 like the body-hugging Sparco seats that have been dipped in carbon fiber and the safety cage. For the exterior, the diffusers have been made more noticeable, and one can see the new rear ear wing and fender flares, with the side skirts made more robust.
This combination ensures that while the customized version has a more spirited appearance it continues to have the original design’s sharpness. Though already strong, this look is enhanced even further by fitting in the HRE 22-inch wheels that comes with a satin charcoal finish and then equipped with the Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. At the back of the wheels are the Brembo brake calipers which are color-coordinated with the same wheels.
Although a lot of changes have been made on the interior and the exterior, the biggest change occurred under the hood. The 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine of the standard LC 500 was improved by Club DSPORT. This task was managed by Magnus Ohlaker who made full use of its experience totalling 20 years when it comes to making engines for IndyCar and Formula 1.
One change was that the displacement was increased to 5.6 liters with the cylinder bore made larger in order to bring out more power. Thus while the engine in the standard LC 500 delivers output at 351 kW (471 hp), the engine of the customized LC 500 allows for output at 391 kW (525 hp), an additional 40 kW (54 hp). That is not enough though as Lexus revealed that the 2UR-GSE engine can offer power of at least 702 kW (942 hp).
Gordon Ting of Beyond Marketing shared that the LC 500 was not only beautiful but had the basic foundation as it relates to driving qualities and performance. Ting added that he wanted that to be the foundation of creating a high-performance LC 500 that had a meaner look. This version would remain to be luxurious yet tough and would have excellent performance due to the customized engine.
Sales of the base 2017 LC 500, according to Lexus, will start this spring in the U.S.