The Lexus LC is pretty cool, and so is Black Panther. Put the two together and you get one super cool Lexus LC Black Panther Concept.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of a real-life car that Black Panther would drive, something as spectacular and downright ostentatious as the Bugatti Chiron is what comes to mind, but it seems Lexus was the company willing to dish out the most advertising bucks to be in the Black Panther movie.
That’s not to say the Lexus LC isn’t worthy of the king of Wakanda. In fact, the movie will feature two Lexus cars, one of which you can actually buy. You’ll need to be quick, however, because only 100 examples will be built for the United States.
The limited-edition model in question is the Lexus LC Inspiration Series, which Lexus says is the first in the brand’s Inspiration Series. Based on the LC 500, it stands out with an iridescent Structural Blue exterior color, a bespoke white interior, special 21-inch forged alloy wheels, carbon fiber scuff plates, and a signature Barneys sommelier set of barware that we hope doesn’t encourage drunk driving.
Developed through a lengthy eight-month process, the Lexus LC Inspiration Series’ Structural Blue paint isn’t actually blue. Rather, its construction reflects blue light, appearing as a vibrant shade of blue when looking directly at it and as a much darker hue when viewing it off-angle.
The car’s mechanicals remain unchanged from the regular LC 500, meaning it produces a health 471 horsepower that’s channeled to the ground via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Set to star in the Black Panther movie and co-developed with Marvel, the second model is a “Black Panther” inspired LC 500 and Marvel had a hand in its development. It incorporates Vibranium (a mythical metal in the Marvel Universes) into its very core, featuring a nearly bulletproof sheet metal that, much like Black Panther’s uniform, is reinforced with a layer of Vibranium weave.
As if that wasn’t sci-fi enough, the Black Panther Lexus LC concept also boasts top-secret refinement processes that enable a self-sustaining fueling component (Vibranium-powered core). That’s to say it can drive forever without needing to refuel.
A special computer that uses a “brain/computer interface” to create a special relationship between car and driver, a hood with the Black Panther’s face emblazoned on it, claws on the mirrors, a custom wide-body kit, a pulsating underbody glow, a Vibranium-infused self-healing paint treatment, and a Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface that allows it to be driven remotely help round out its impressive suite of tech features.
So yeah, sorry to ruin your party, but this isn’t a car you can buy, probably even in your dreams.
Lexus Will Electrify Its Sports Car Lineup, Next Supercar?
A Lexus continues to look for ways to infuse more emotion into its lineup, a new report claims that it will further expand its performance-oriented F brand by introducing electrified models and maybe even a successor to the LFA supercar.
Speaking with at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lexus president Yoshihiro Sawa hinted that some or all of the F branded models (e.g. IS F, RC F and GS F), which to date have all been powered by a V8, will eventually offer a hybrid powertrain. He stated:
“F is very important; with F we have to think of our own original way. One solution could be a pure F GT car, which could be a hybrid with an electric motor and a strong engine, giving a different kind of drive feel. We don’t stick to V8, V10, twin-turbocharged; they’re important but we’re looking at the future. We’d like to find a way to connect to the next era.”
The discontinued Lexus LFA sourced its power from a V10 engine, so whatever Lexus has in store for its successor, if anything, will likely also be electrified in one form or another.
When asked about Lexus potentially building a sports car based on the new Toyota Supra / BMW Z4 project, Sawa said he couldn’t comment on it.
Lexus Trademarks LQ Name, Hints At New Flagship SUV
As with every automaker, Lexus is serious about adding even more crossovers to its lineup. It has trademarked the LQ name, which could be used for new flagship crossover.
Toyota’s luxury arm teased the idea of new flagship crossover with the LF-1 Limitless concept at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The “L” portion of the LQ name follows the brand’s tradition of having all of its flagship models start with an L (e.g. LS, LC and LX), but We’ll have to wait and see what the Q stands for since that letter has never adorned a Lexus.
How does LQ sound for the name of a crossover? Too effeminate, maybe?
There is a rumor that the Lexus LQ could debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and that the LQ name could simply be used for another concept instead of a production model. Lexus may not even use it for anything.
You’ll have to stay tuned for what’s been cooking.
Toyota And Lexus Vehicles Will Talk To Each Other In 2021
As part of its efforts to enhance the safety of its vehicles, Toyota Motor Co has announced that Toyota and Lexus vehicles will literally be be able to talk to each other in the near future.
The Japanese automaker will begin adding Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems on its vehicles starting in 2021, with the aim spreading the technology throughout its entire lineup by the mid-2020s.
Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), stated:
“By allowing vehicles’ intelligent systems to collaborate more broadly and effectively through DSRC technology, we can help drivers realize a future with zero fatalities from crashes, better traffic flow and less congestion.”
DSRC supports the broadcast of precise anonymized vehicle information several times per second, including location, speed and acceleration, with the transmission enabling vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. It uses 7 channels of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band to communicateand the technology and, therefore, does not require a cellular or data network.
The shared information can be used to help drivers prevent collisions, as well as provide helpful real-time information, such as potential hazards, slow or stopped vehicles ahead, or signals, signs, and road conditions that may be difficult to see.
Japan is ahead of the curve with DSRC technology. Toyota for one has been selling vehicles with the DSRC technology since 2015, and there are more than 100,000 DSRC-equipped Toyota and Lexus vehicles now on the road in Japan.