In its latest video, Lexus is demonstrating the impressive symphony of the LC 500 sports coupe.
Shot at the Cabot Circus multi-storey car park in Bristol, UK, late at night, the clip demonstrates the ‘concert hall’ effect in the cockpit.
The car is fitted with a sound generator in the air intake and extra valves in the front section of the main exhaust silencer that open and close with every use of the throttle. All of these work together to give the Japanese sports car a very special soundtrack.
To create the film, Lexus handed over the keys of the LC 500 to three-time British Rally Champion and stunt driver Mark Higgins. In turn, Higgins unleashed the 467hp (474PS / 348kW) and 389lb-ft (527Nm) of torque produced by the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine, brushing the 7,300rpm red line from time to time.
As the car drifted between the pillars of a multi-story car park, the sound “wail” of the powertrain was “matched by the scream of the car’s Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires”, according the manufacturer.
Higgins was impressed with the LC 500: “It gives you everything you want in terms of luxury, but it’s fun to drive as well. And the sound it made through the car park at two in the morning was amazing – it echoed out all over Bristol. It’s a car that I would be very, very happy to drive every day.”
Previewed by the stunning LF-LC Concept, the Lexus LC 500 was presented at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It’s based on the GA-L platform, needs less than 4.5sec to reach 60mph (96km/h), and starts at $92,000 in the United States.