Lexus released photos from the production line of its stunning new LC 500, and the images showcase the meticulous attention to detail the company is taking with its new grand tourer.
The battery of LED lighting is designed to ensure any flaws are magnified, and the stark white environs of the Motomachi Plant look more like a clean room than an automotive line. Fittingly, many of the hands assembling the new coupe previously worked on the company’s last halo car, the legendary LFA.
Lexus refers to them as takumi, or “artisans,” and anyone who’s had the pleasure of seeing — and hopefully hearing — the V-10 supercar in person knows they’ve earned the title. Unfortunately, the LFA was limited to just 499 customer cars. But given Lexus hopes to move 4800 examples of the LC 500 every year in the United States, far more buyers will get to experience their handiwork this time around.
During production of the LFA, Lexus parent company Toyota looked to its heritage as a loom manufacture to create the many carbon fiber bits, and the same techniques will be used on the LC 500. As you can see in the images below, the sporty coupe will feature liberal amounts of carbon fiber, aluminum, and glass sheet molding compound. But it’s still going to tip the scales at around 4300 pounds, so sexy as it might be, it’s hardly going to be a featherweight contender.
That said? Reviewers have heaped praise on the communicative feel of the LC’s steering, and the freshly tweaked 471-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 is sure to provide a compelling soundtrack.
Even more exciting is the prospect of a 600-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8 model. Because while Toyota hasn’t confirmed reports of the fire-breathing mill, it stands to reason that the company is developing an all-new engine to power the forthcoming Supra, so the idea that it would see duty in both vehicles is hardly far fetched. And let’s face it, in today’s landscape of absurdly powerful enthusiast cars, any high-end machine with less than 500 horsepower is beginning to sound a little anemic.
Check out some more photos from the LC 500 production line below, and if you’re interested in picking one up? It wouldn’t hurt to start talking with your local AutoNation-affiliated Lexus dealer.