For those looking for the ultimate Lexus experience, the 2018 Lexus LC TRD is a must-have. This luxury cruiser is basically an overhauled Lexus LC 500, which features a plethora of aggressive and sporty-looking body parts made by TRD. For those unfamiliar, the TRD is one of few motorsport departments of Toyota, alongside TMG and Gazoo Racing.
Even though the LC 500 is one of the most advanced vehicles on the market, that did not stop TRD from introducing a bevy of upgrades, especially exterior ones. Ranging from new spoilers to new wheels, these upgrades will surely make the Lexus LC TRD a visual treat.
2018 Lexus LC TRD – Exterior Look, Design and Upgrades
As we have already said, the 2018 Lexus LC TRD represents an exterior overhaul of the LC 500. What this means is that we will see a vehicle that is even more aggressive, with a large number of striking and athletic features. The majority of these will make the LC much more aerodynamic and make it look almost as a super sports car. For starters, the LC TRD will feature a brand new front spoiler, which will have a much bolder styling than the standard one.
Aside from the new spoiler, we will also see a new rear diffuser, a new wing, an athletic rear-side spoiler, and new side skirts. In addition to these, the 2018 Lexus LC TRD will also sport brand new, 21-inch forged aluminum wheels. Apart from the body parts, we can also expect 3 pre-painted color schemes, two shades of black and white.
Interior Styling, Features and Equipment
The 2018 Lexus LC TRD interior will look pretty much exactly like the standard LC 500. Therefore, we can expect a driver-focused cabin, which is quite normal for a sports coupe. Of course, the cabin will also retain the refinement and elegance associated with luxurious Lexus sedans. Throughout the cabin, we will see a plethora of high-end materials, including lots of leather, chrome, and aluminum.
Even though the seats look quite athletic, they nevertheless offer plenty of support and comfort. Given that the 2018 Lexus LC TRD is an athletic overhaul of a sports coupe, customers should not expect plenty of room. Tech-wise, we will see a heads-up display, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, an adaptive cruise control and more.
Engine Options, Specs and Performance of the 2018 Lexus LC TRD
The upcoming 2018 Lexus LC TRD will sport the same engines found in the standard LC 500. It has 5.0 liter V8 powertrain which produce 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. With it, the LC TRD will reach a top speed of 168 mph and go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. This engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
On the other hand, there is a rumor of the hybrid powertrain. This hybrid system should have 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor. With this powertrain, the 2018 Lexus LC TRD would have about 355 horsepower. This engine comes coupled with a gearless continuously variable transmission.
Market Release and Price
So far, there hasn’t been any confirmation regarding the release date of the upcoming LC TRD. However, rumors point out to a late 2017 release. The price of the 2018 Lexus LC TRD is still unknown.