Lexus Reveals Limited LC 500 Inspiration Series with $117K Price
Standard 21-inch matte black forged wheels and an exclusive Polar Surge Satin exterior and Deep Blue interior colour combo, only 125 units will be made available.
The Lexus LC 500 has always separated from the pack with a blend of striking design, high performance, and luxurious craftsmanship. It sports those head-turning, concept car-esque looks uncommon with most production performance cars these days. For 2024, the chiseled coupe adds more features including a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, plus some new colour options (Blue, Copper, and Red interior) across the entire LC 500 lineup.
Apparently, however, some added tech and a few extra paint schemes weren’t enough for the luxury Japanese brand. That’s where this new, limited-edition Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series comes in for 2024.
Only 125 units are slated for the US and Canada, starting at $116,700 US (compare that to $100K for the regular 2024 LC 500 coupe) and $130,150 CAD for the non-convertible, coupe variants.
It’s worth noting this Lexus 2-door does come in hybrid form with the LC 500h, powered by a 3.5L V6 gasoline engine and electric motor. But for this special-edition version, it’s all V8, all day.
Under the hood is the 5.0L, naturally aspirated V8 making 471 hp and 398 lb.-ft. of peak torque, paired with a 10-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission that can be controlled via magnesium paddle shifters; sprinting 0-to-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. All engine specs are identical to the 2024 LC 500. Here’s a look at the price:
The 2024 LC 500 Inspiration Series introduces a distinctive colour pairing, Polar Surge Satin for the exterior and Deep Blue for the interior, available for both coupe and convertible models. The convertible variant also includes a Blue fabric top that echoes the interior color scheme.
The exterior boasts a white matte finish sealed with a satin lacquer topcoat, elegantly contrasting with black accents on various components including the front grille surround, headlamps, taillamp, rocker garnish, and outer mirrors. The exterior look is completed with 21-inch matte black-painted forged wheels.
The LC 500 Inspiration Series draws inspiration from Lexus’ racing heritage by incorporating aerodynamic enhancements like front bumper canards for lift balance, and a coupe-exclusive fixed rear wing spoiler crafted from carbon fiber to enhance handling stability.
Upholding the Lexus Driving Signature, additional performance features include a Torsen limited slip differential and rear performance dampers that contribute to improved vehicle responsiveness and a refined driving experience. The coupe version incorporates the convertible’s front and rear underfloor braces, while also featuring a standard carbon fiber roof.
Inside, the serene Deep Blue monotone interior, highlighted by grey stitching, offers a meditative cabin experience. The coupe variant features Alcantara-trimmed sport seats and headliner, while the convertible version includes semi-aniline trimmed seats and Lexus Climate Concierge with upper body heating.
This year, the Inspiration Series includes carbon fiber scuff plate door accents and a serialized badge on the center console, acknowledging the limited production of 125 units.
Equipped with a Mark Levinson 13-speaker 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio system, SmartAccess Key Card, and Head-Up Display, the LC 500 Inspiration Series provides both convenience and premium features. The standard 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen and connected services, synonymous with the 2024 LC 500 and LC 500h, are also included in the Inspiration Series.
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