If any Lexus will stand out at SEMA, this is it.
The Lexus LC 500 isn’t even on sale yet, it hits dealer showrooms in spring 2017, and already it has been given a tune job. The Japanese luxury automaker gave a pre-production prototype to Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing with the goal being to prepare a custom car in time for SEMA 2016. The result is a yellow LC 500 with more power and a slightly stanced(ish) look. The two-door now sports an Artisan Spirit Custom Lexus LC Kit which is made up of custom fender flares, a front diffuser, side skirts and a rear wing that is surprisingly not massive.
The LC 500 sits on 22” HRE P101 wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Nero Tires. If the car looks a bit lower than usual that’s because it now features a KW Suspension system complete with a hydraulic lift. As mentioned earlier the 5.0-liter V8 was given a tune, with its displacement upped to 5.6-liters courtesy of Club DSPORT. The result is a sizable power jump from the stock unit’s 467 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque all the way up to 525 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. A new set of Brembo brakes help keep all that power in check. While no images were released of the interior the word on the street is that there are Carbon fiber Sparco race seats and an Evasive Motorsports GT3-spec race interior complete with a safety cage.
When the Lexus LC 500 hits the market next spring this performance package, sans the beefed-up engine, could be available for consumers to purchase. Whether people will want to turn their elegant grand tourer into something a little…less, remains to be seen. No, we’re not huge fans of slammed cars/almost slammed cars around these parts, but damn it all if that Avery Dennison gloss yellow wrap doesn’t look gorgeous.