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Lexus revives style, sport, with LC 500 coupe (pictures)

The new LC 500 coupe, introduced at the Detroit auto show, offers more youth appeal than many of Lexus' more staid models, and certainly more so than its brand reputation.

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Lexus unveiled the LC 500 at the Detroit auto show, an all-new model that hearkens back to its old SC 430 coupe.

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The LC 500 gets Lexus' modern styling language, including the huge spindle grille.

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Behind that grille sits a naturally-aspirated 5-liter V-8 engine, good for 467 horsepower.

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As a coupe, the LC 500 only has two doors, although the 2+2 seating means that someone might be able to squeeze into the back.

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The rear-wheel-drive format should contribute to classic sports car handling.

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A blacked-out rear pillar gives the roof a floating look, similar to that of the new Lexus RX SUV.

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The taillights show a pretty extreme look for a production car.

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What looks like rectangular exhaust tips at the rear are just fascia elements hiding four conventional round exhaust pipes.

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The arched midsection of the LC 500 gives the car an athletic look.

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Compact LED headlights allow enclosure styling that melds nicely with the car's look.

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Optional 21-inch wheels are slowed by six-piston calipers in front.

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The cabin looks encapsulated in leather, enhanced by the toffee brown color here.

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Lexus offers its latest cabin electronics in the LC 500, along with a Mark Levinson audio system.

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The drive selector for the 10-speed automatic transmission sits next to a new interface controller on the console.

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The thick steering wheel includes paddle shifters, which you can use to choose from the automatic transmission's 10 gears.

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