The Japanese automaker surprisingly introduced the LC500 during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January as the flagship coupe offering.
Lexus back then revealed the top of the line model will pack a 5.0-liter V8 delivering 467 horsepower (343 kilowatt) and 398 pound-feet torque (527 Newton-meter). Now, new details unveiled during the recently concluded Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show the high-performance coupe will be even better, actually. Koji Sato, the project’s chief engineer, declared the actual tune of the car will be of 471 horsepower (351 kilowatt) and 398 pound-feet (540 newton-meter) torque – which is four horsepower and nine pound-feet torque up from the original figures.
The update is small but apparently it wasn’t achieved without some hard work as changes to the intake and exhaust systems had to be accommodated in order to break the 470 horsepower threshold. And this is not the only tweak reserved for the car before it actually makes its way into dealerships next year. The LC500h appears to keep the same credentials – 3.5-liter V6 hybrid setup with total output of 354 horsepower (264 kilowatt) send to the rear wheels via a continuously variable transmission. There are no details regarding pricing as of yet, but speculations suggest a base price of more than $90,000, with a $10,000 premium for the hybrid version.
Via Motor Authority