Toyota Lexus Debuts World's First Customized LC 500 At 2016 SEMA Show

Nov 03, 2016 10:05 AM EDT | Basira Yakubu

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Toyota Lexus debuts a racing-inspired version of Lexus LC 500 at the November 1, 2016, Las Vegas SEMA show. Toyota teamed with Gordon Ting of Beyond Marketing to build this masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind coupe. It is world's first customized LC 500.

The Lexus LC 500 features a modified 5.6-L naturally aspirated engine with 525 horsepower, and a 99.5mm cylinder, there is an improvement when compared with the previous LC 500 which has a 5.0-L V8 engine and offers 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and a 94mm cylinder.

The Lexus LC 500 also features a new interior which was executed by evasive motorsport. It features in its exterior a body prepped by signature autobody, an aerodynamic bodywork with an upgraded suspension, wheels, tires and brakes and a Gloss Yellow wrap. Its aerodynamic upgrades include an Artisan Spirit Custom Lexus LC Kit, custom fender flares, side skirts, front and rear diffuser, a rear wing, and a KW Suspension with a Hydraulic Lift System and height-adjustable springs kits.

All the four corners of the vehicle feature a 22-inch HRE P101 wheels in satin charcoal with Pirelli P Zero Nero Tires, and are accented by Brembo brakes with a custom caliper color whereas the interior comes with carbon fiber Sparco race seats, an Evasive Motorsports GT3 spec race cabin, and a safety cage. The Lexus LC 500 is the highlight of SEMA stand.

Pressroom reported that Gordon Ting said: "The LC 500 looks beautiful and has a fantastic foundation of performance and driving characteristics, I wanted to use that groundwork to develop a high-performance, aggressive-looking LC 500 that is tough yet luxurious, and has serious chops thanks to the custom engine."

Lexus is also displaying a wide body GS F and an RC F, designed by Clark Ishihara. Both designs were enhanced for a wider appearance, giving the car a more aggressive stance on the road. The vehicles have a cold air intake system, full header back exhaust system, and custom suspension.      

According to Car Scoops, the 2015 Lexus RC F GT3 race car will also be on display as it was used during the 2016 race season to gather data and track experience, thus boosting Lexus race program. Two 2017 cars will take part in the 2017 IMSA Weather-Tech SportS Car Championship series this year.

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