Marvel fans will be looking forward to another movie in February -- the Black Panther. We initially thought that he would be driving a car like the Bugatti Chiron. But it turns out that the superhero is actually going to be driving a Lexus instead. Yes, believe it or not, it is Toyota’s sister company that stepped up to work in collaboration with the upcoming Black Panther, which is set to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In fact, they even built special cars specifically for the film, and soon a few lucky people will be able to purchase one of the cars built. But of course, you have to be real quick to get your hands on one. Lexus said that only 100 examples of the special edition model will be built. Another thing you’ll need to have is a lot of extra money in the bank, because it took a total of eight months just to complete the paint job alone, so it has got to be extremely pricey.
So what exactly is this car you ask? It is a 2018 Lexus LC 500 that is part of the automaker’s Inspiration Series. And only 100 units of the very first model will be available for the United States. You’ll probably agree that the LC 500 is already a beautiful coupe, and Lexus enhances it even more with a bespoke white interior, a unique set of 21-inch wheels, carbon fiber scuff plates and a Barneys barware set. We are guessing that the latter is for the passenger to enjoy, and not the driver. But we will see in the movie if Black Panther takes advantage of it. As for the mechanical bits, they remain the same, with a 5.0 liter V8 engine that works with a 10 speed automatic transmission, producing as much as 471 horsepower - not bad for a superhero.
But what really makes this extra unique is that the limited edition LC uses Structural Blue paint. Surprisingly, the finish is not actually blue, but instead reflects blue light. It sounds a bit complex but Lexus explained it in detail in one of their statements. But what it boils down to is that everyone sees a vibrant blue when directly looking at it, and it appears to be a much darker shade when it’s viewed from the side. Yes, it does sound awesome so far, Lexus has not announced pricing details just yet.
Let us not forget the other car. It is the same model but it features Black Panther’s face on the hood, and it has claws on the side mirrors. It will have a custom wide body kit, and some hardcore tech that makes it bulletproof. Beside that is what they call a “brain/computer interface” that creates a unique relationship between the car and the driver. Interesting, isn’t it? But you can’t buy this one. These two cars will debut at the 2017 SEMA Show.