A four horsepower increase - but an increase all the same
With the surprise introduction of the LC 500 at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in the year, Lexus announced that its new sports car would come with 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque from a 5.0-litre V8. But new details from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance paint a slightly different picture of the high-performance coupe.
Chief Engineer on the project, Koji Sato, said that the car will now produce 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. That’s four horsepower and nine pound-feet torque up from when it was originally announced, for those of you keeping track at home.
It’s only a slight increase, granted, but in order to bring that figure north of 470, changes to the intake and exhaust systems had to be made. The tweaks represent the first of many upgrades that will undoubtedly come before the car launches early in 2017.
As far as the LC 500h is concerned, power remains the same … at least for now. The 3.5-litre V6 hybrid will still send 354 horsepower to the rear wheels via a continuously variable transmission.
The two cars will go on sale early in 2017, and though no official pricing details have been given, early rumours suggest the car will retail well above $90,000 (approx. $118,000 CAD), with a $10,000 (approx. $13,000 CAD) premium for the hybrid version.
Source: Motor Authority