Lexus unveiling hot LC 500 coupe at Auckland's Speedshow

The Lexus LC 500 coupe.

The Lexus LC 500 coupe.

Lexus is all set to unveil its flagship luxury coupe to the New Zealand public.

The LC 500 sports coupe will be one of the highlights at the weekend's CRC Speedshow in Auckland with the Japanese carmaker confirming that 10 of the cars have been pre-ordered before the official arrival.

Two powertrains are available; the LC 500 features a five litre, naturally aspirated, V8 engine whilst the LC 500h offers a sustainable alternative with a state-of-the-art hybrid powertrain.

The LC luxury coupe starts at NZ$215,000 for the glass roof model with either the V8 or hybrid powertrains.


Lexus is making the most of the 5-litre, V8 growl. The 351 kW naturally-aspirated engine, with 540 Nm of torque, is a development of the engine used in the RC F and GS F at a time when many luxury coupes are turning to smaller turbo-charged engines.

The V8 models come with a direct shift, close ratio 10-speed automatic transmission to achieve smooth linear acceleration – a world-first in premium vehicles.

"While we also offer a hybrid model which is synonymous with efficiency we are not shying away from performance there either," said Paul Carroll, the Senior General Manager for Lexus New Zealand.

"Drivers will be surprised at the power and driving feel of the hybrid model."

The 264 kW hybrid powertrain includes a new 3.5 litre V6 engine working in tandem with the electric motor and lithium ion hybrid battery, the first Lexus to use this lighter and smaller battery technology.

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Both engine options are available with a carbon-fibre roof which will sell from NZ$220,000 and feature sports styled front seats, carbon fibre scuff plates, a power retractable rear spoiler and a Torsen limited slip rear differential.

The Lexus reveal is just one of a number of feature showings for the NZ public at the two-day show which opens Saturday morning at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds.

Honda's new Civic Type R will be one of the first on show, along with the classic and ultra-valuable Jaguar XKSS, while look also for the CrazeHorse - the world's fastest electric vehicle which showcases New Zealand ingenuity.

Craz-E-Horse, built by Mitchell Race Xtreme - blends the lines of a modern day Mustang with the latest state-of-the-art electric vehicle technology to create a world record challenger. The car will have a good tilt at the world speed record for road legal electric vehicles and is aiming to put New Zealand expertise on the EV map.

The Speedshow is a chance for the public to see how the project is progressing.

Feature static displays combine to have the largest collection of racing cars, hot rods, custom cars, supercars and classic cars on show.

Included in this is the rod and custom show which organisers claim is set to be one of NZ's finest.

A huge number of new and previously unseen machines are set to make the Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show.

Tens of thousands of hours' worth of creativity, design, fabrication and construction will be showcased by 24 brand new builds and new imports. The show is fully judged, open to everyone and entries have come in from as far afield as the USA for this year's competition.

 - Stuff

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