This widebody Lexus LC was created by a Japanese tuner

The closest you can get to a road-legal Super GT race car
by Stephen Dobie | Feb 20, 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 specializing in carbon-reinforced plastic components and with 20 years of modifying experience, including official work for carmakers. The LC is one of the many Lexuses it has applied styling tweaks to, and to our eyes, it’s 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 race car 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 bodykit.

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

Even better news? Artisan plans to work on more Toyota and Lexus products in the future, including the 86 and—yes—the Supra. Why not pop your wish list of upgrades in the comments below?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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