Lexus Dazzles With New Special Edition LC 500

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This time, the greenest LC model goes orange.

Lexus has all but confirmed that a hardcore F version of its LC coupe will be arriving later this year. While we still don't have any official confirmation of a more powerful LC variant, Lexus is busy keeping the car fresh with special edition models. The first special edition LC used a unique shade of paint called Structural Blue, which was bundled with a stunning blue, white, and orange leather interior. Then Lexus got even more wild with a special edition painted in Naples Yellow with a matching black, white, and yellow interior. Now, Lexus has revealed another unique LC, this time the hybrid LC 500h model.

It's called the LC 500h Matte Prototype, and it was revealed at the 2019 Barcelona Motor Show. This time Lexus has gone for a matte orange paint called Space Orange, which was styled after the colors you'd see when looking towards the sky during a sunset. Unlike the blue or yellow cars, this orange LC isn't actually a limited edition yet, just a prototype to show off a potential production paint job. If there is enough demand, Lexus could put it into production as the next limited edition model.

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In addition to the orange paint, the Matte Prototype also features 21-inch semi-matte black wheels, a carbon fiber roof and active rear spoiler, and orange trim panels on the interior. The orange panels are used sparingly but we still think it looks a bit tacky on the interior. We would have preferred to see orange leather like what was used on the Structural blue LC. Under the hood, the LC 500h uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to a hybrid system for a total of 354 horsepower. It may not be as fast as the V8-powered LC 500, but it does achieve up to 35 mpg on the highway.

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