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Lexus hopes to pump a little high-powered adrenaline and glamour into its lineup with the LC 500.

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DETROIT -- Lexus hopes to pump a little high-powered adrenaline and glamour into its lineup with the LC 500.

The sport coupe, with four seats, is expected to be priced at around $100,000. It is powered by a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine borrowed from the high-performance GS F sedan and RC F coupe that generates 467 hp and 389 pounds-feet of torque. Here’s what journalists, analysts and others have to say about the LC 500, which was introduced at the Detroit auto show:

“ ... It will be the first model using a new front-engine, rear-drive luxury-vehicle platform from corporate parent Toyota. The body uses a large percentage of high-strength steel, which Lexus says is more resistant to the torsional twisting forces under hard cornering than the carbon fiber used by other supercar makers … Power is sent to the wheels through a close-ratio 10-speed automatic transmission, enabling a claimed 0-60 mph sprint of less than 4.5 seconds. As befitting a high-performance coupe, the driver will sit quite low to the ground. Using run-flat tires means no spare tire, while affording engineers more flexibility in how to design the car. Lexus also moved the battery to the trunk to help balance overall weight distribution and thereby aid handling. The small, 113-inch LC has its wheels pushed to the corners, providing an athletic stance with short overhangs to the overall length." -- Consumer Reports   more...

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