Lexus LC coupe coming to America in 2017

Voted the best concept car of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC coupe is finally nearing production, according to company sources. It is expected to go on sale in America in early 2017 with global sales following soon after. Lexus has not had a two door coupe in its lineup for 15 years.

Two versions of the coupe are expected – a naturally aspirated LC 500 with a 470 horsepower V-8 engine and an LC 500h hybrid version with 520 horses under the hood. The car will feature the design elements that are now standard fare for all Lexus and Toyota models – a signature “cheese grater” grille and enormous front air ducts large enough for a jet fighter.

The LC coupe will compete in a crowded field of luxury two door models from Jaguar, BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

Company sources also indicate the next version of the Lexus LS sedan is due to appear at the Tokyo auto show in October of this year. According to reports, it will showcase Toyota’s latest autonomous driving features, along with a “cheese grater” grille and enormous front air ducts large enough for a jet fighter. If you are Lexus, you just can’t get too much of a good thing.

Posted by Steve Hanley

Steve Hanley is a car nut and Formula One addict who occasionally drives his Mazda MX-5 on track at HPDE events. He has been known to drive to Nova Scotia just to see the lupins in bloom or to Watkins Glen for a weekend of historic racing. He writes about automobiles, technology and travel from his home in Rhode Island.

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