While we’re certain Lexus’ LC 500 project engineers have been putting in long hours testing at the company’s home track of Fuji Speedway, we now have video of the sporty new coupe being put through the paces at an equally iconic location—Germany’s infamous Nürburgring.
Given that the marque made a special Nürburgring Edition of its magnificent LFA, it’s hardly surprising to see Lexus testing at the Green Hell. That said, Lexus fans are certain to like what they see, and more importantly hear, in this clip. Because along with some great shots of the new halo car completely sans camouflage, there’s also plenty of fantastic audio of the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8’s exhaust note. While essentially the same unit currently seeing duty in the RC F and GS F, it’s up slightly on power due to the LC 500’s unique intake and exhaust systems. That means 471 horsepower and 398 foot-pounds of twist is on tap, and while the gain of four ponies is basically insignificant, it leads us to believe the work was done to coax a more aggressive sound out of the sonorous mill. Since it’s already one of the best-sounding power plants in its segment, we’re sure the noise will contribute mightily to the LC 500’s driving experience.
At this point, we’re not sure if Lexus will be employing any electronic wizardry—as it did with the last two F-spec vehicles—to maximize the throaty eight-pot’s vocal range, but either way, it’s one of the factors reviewers will likely be impressed with when Lexus begins the car’s official roll-out. It’s an interesting turn of events for the company, whose initial claim to fame was its whisper-quiet LS 400, and indicative of the serious effort Lexus is putting toward wooing the enthusiast community.
While there’s been no official confirmation, we’re also expecting Lexus to offer an F-badged performance version of coupe sometime in 2018, and that has us wondering whether we’re going to see the 5.0-liter eight finally crack the 500 horsepower mark. We know the power is there, it’s just a matter of whether the brass gives the engineers the thumbs up to wring it out. So at this point, we’ll just have to wait and see. More on the LC 500 when we have it.