2018 Lexus LC 500 Gets Slight Performance Bump

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The new Lexus flagship coupe will have more power than it originally debuted with.

The Lexus LC 500 was introduced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 with 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. But now, Lexus LC chief engineer Koji Sato revealed at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that the coupe will actually have 471 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque when it arrives in dealerships sometime next year. The performance boost comes from improvements to the car’s intake and exhaust, said Sato.

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It’s not a massive change of any sort, but does push the LC 500 closer to the 500-hp mark. The powerplant will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and it will likely retain the same zero-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds that was first announced when the car debuted.

[Source: Lexus Enthusiast]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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