Lexus is bringing two new versions of the Lexus LC to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next week. The first is the limited production LC Inspiration Series and the second is a “Black Panther” inspired LC that will star in the movie early next year.
The limited-edition 2018 Lexus LC Inspiration Series is painted in iridescent Structural Blue color, which is the first in a succession of Inspiration Series vehicles Lexus plans to create for each of its flagship models. The LC Inspiration Series features a unique carbon fiber scuff plate, bespoke white interior, and 21″ forged alloy wheels. It also comes with a signature Barneys sommelier set of barware. Lexus is only planning on producing 100 units, which will be available starting in spring 2018.
The Black Panther inspired LC 500 concept is the result of Lexus’ collaboration with Marvel Studios for the “Black Panther” movie that arrives in theaters on February 16, 2018. The concept incorporates (mythical) vibranium into its very core to provide added boost. Much like Black Panther’s uniform, the sheet metal of the Black Panther Inspired LC is reinforced with a layer of vibranium weave, making the vehicle almost entirely bulletproof. The concept also apparently features top-secret refinement processes that allow for a self-sustaining fueling component (vibranium-powered core) that enhances the Black Panther Inspired LC’s driving dynamics.
The Black Panther concept also features a pulsating underbody glow, side-view mirror design based on a panther’s claw with instinctual positioning technology to align with driver’s eyeline, Black Panther mask inlay on hood with vibranium-powered core indicator nodes, vibranium-infused self-healing paint treatment, a customized body-widening kit, and a Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface that allows it to be driven remotely from control stations within Birnin Zana.
“This is what it’s all about,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s senior vice president of global partnerships and marketing. “We’re bringing our two worlds together by letting our imaginations run wild like there are no limits to what’s possible. That’s what Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda represent in the film, and it’s been incredible to work with Lexus as we attempt to re-create that ideology here in our own corner of the universe.”