Lexus LC 500 Wants To Offer Maserati Emotion For BMW 6-Series Money

An early drive of the new Lexus LC 500 reveals that the company’s claims for bigger thrills are far from the usual marketing talk.

Motor Trend had the opportunity to test a prototype of the new LC 500 in the Laguna Seca and Willow Springs tracks, revealing that the new Lexus is indeed engineered to be a proper sports car.

Koji Sato, chief engineer of the new LC 500 also revealed that Lexus benchmarked the BMW 6-Series during the development but they also wanted to add the emotional experience of a Maserati into the mix, creating their own unique blend of a sports car.

Based on a new platform which is even stiffer than the carbon one of the LFA supercar, the new Lexus LC 500 uses a 5.0-litre V8 producing 467hp which is mated to a brand new 10-speed automatic from Aisin, making it capable for a 0-60mph in less than 4.5 seconds.

Let’s hope that this is the model which will lead Lexus into a new era when it hits the market in late 2016.

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