Anton Andres / Brent Co | May 15, 2017 09:13
Local deliveries of Lexus' flagship GT to begin soon
We first saw Lexus LC during last year's Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) as a preview of things to come. Now, Lexus Manila Inc. has brought in the brand's halo GT car and is now on display at the showroom.
Unlike the car shown during the motor show, the variant Lexus has brought in is the non-hybrid LC500. Instead of the electrically-assisted 3.5-liter V6, this model gets a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 with Dual VVT-i. The result is 473 PS and 527 Nm of torque and it shifts via a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Power is then delivered to the rear wheels.
As for its design, it draws inspiration from the Lexus LF-LC concept from 2012. It follows the marque's current design language with the signature spindle grill, L-shaped LED daytime running lights and triangular headlights. The slim openings at the corners of the bumper provide extra ventilation for the front brakes.
The sides see more more of the L-Finesse design language with defined lines and curves on the fenders, doors and rear quarter panels. There are also a pair of intakes located near the bottom of the doors. These are functional and are designed to aid in the cooling of the rear brakes. As for the rear, it sees a pair of distinct tail lights that cut into the quarter panel and the lower half of the fascia. Also present is an electronically controllable rear wing.
Inside, the LC500 gets a similar look to the LFA supercar with its distinct dashboard and instrument binnacle. In terms of trim, semi-aniline leather in varying shades are also seen in the LC500. The door cards, on the other hand, appear to flow towards the dashboard. Dominating the center is a wide infotainment screen controlled via a touchpad on the center console. As expected from a Lexus, there are generous trimmings of leather all over the cabin.
The 2017 Lexus LC500 retails for Php 8,888,000.