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Video: Potential Lexus ‘LC 500’ previewed, snarling V8 soundtrack

January 11, 2016

Lexus has provided another clue as what it is unveiling at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, releasing a growling teaser video.

Late last week Lexus opened a new web page with a vague teaser image, simply showing some tyre marks. Although it’s yet to be confirmed, it’s believed the new car will be the much-rumoured LC large sports coupe.

Adding to the rumour, Lexus was found to have filed a trademark for “LC 500” and “LC 500h” names last year. Both are believed to be production versions of the LF-LC concept car.

For the LC 500 all speculation points to a 5.0-litre V8 powerhouse borrowed from the RC F. In the video below it certainly sounds like a snarling V8, similar to the RC F’s soundtrack.

As for the potential RC 500h, it’s expected to come with a V6 hybrid similar to what is seen in the RX 450h and GS 450h. With ‘500’ in its name though we could see a slight power boost compared with the 230kW offered in the aforementioned models.

Click play below to take a listen. All will be revealed on January 11 in Detroit. Stay tuned for all the details.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.