It was like any other lazy afternoon at my home in Los Angeles after returning from an overseas trip. I was just beginning to recover from all the jet-setting when I received a call from a friend telling me that he had a 2017 Lexus LC 500 for the afternoon and asking if I wanted to take a few photos of it.

One of the perks of being a Speedhunter is having access to exclusive cars to shoot, and this was an offer I simply could not pass up.


However, the day was almost done and it was rush hour traffic every which way, so I told him to meet me in Palm Springs, about 100 miles outside of LA.


We got there just in time; the soft, smog-filtered light really showed off the curves and shapes of this luxury 2+2 coupe.

The LC 500 was debuted in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) back in January, and is the production successor to the LF-LC Concept that Lexus showed us back in 2012.


It was great to shoot this car; my only regret was that I did not have a chance to drive the beast, which is yet to go on sale to the public.


Just like the Lexus RC F that I shot in Japan with Dino last year, the LC 500 is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 outputting 467hp and 389lb-ft of torque.


Just check out the taillights, it’s like a hall of mirrors in there.

The interior was typical Lexus luxury. I didn’t even have time to play with all the bells and whistles.


In terms of styling, the LC 500 is a very good looking machine, and I especially like the headlight treatment. In my eyes, this is definitely a modern SC 400.


Next time I have an encounter with a LC 500, hopefully I will be putting it through its paces on some Southern California canyon roads.

Larry Chen
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