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This widebody Lexus LC is like a road legal Super GT car

Artisan Spirit's tuned LC500 has more than a whiff of LFA and Lexus's own racecar

Published: 19 Feb 2019
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This, girls and boys, is a wide-bodied Lexus LC. A car that could well tear the internet in two. On the one hand, we have a beautifully clean sports car that’s had its aggression cranked right up, arguably in bad taste.

On the other, we have a ludicrously punchy piece of design with more than a whiff of LFA about it. Spoiler-clad Nürburgring Pack in particular.

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It’s the work of Artisan Spirits in Tokyo, a company with 20 years of modifying experience, specialised in carbon-reinforced plastic and including official work for carmakers. The LC is one of the many Lexuses it’s applied styling tweaks too, and to our eyes, considerably the most desirable.

Just look at it! The arches and stance are to die for, and more than strong enough to carry off that ginormous wing at the back. You want Lexus’s Super GT racecar on the road? This is the closest you can get.

There’s substance to back up the style, too. A bigger Brembo brake kit, new KW suspension, Sparco race seats and a roll cage can all be specified to complement the body kit.

And you might want them all if you also specify engine tuning that swells the LC500’s V8 from 5.0 to 5.6 litres, leading to a total output of 518bhp. That’s a healthy rise over the standard car’s 470bhp, and on par with a Mercedes-AMG GT S.

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The even better news? Artisan plans to work on more Toyota and Lexus products in the future, including the GT86 and – yes – Supra. Why not pop your wish list of upgrades below?

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