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Lexus Revs Up $100,000 Sports Coupe to Burnish Performance Image

  • New LC 500 uses carbon fiber, aluminum to shed weight
  • Lexus contends with BMW, Mercedes for U.S. luxury sales title
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Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus is rolling out its highest-performance model since the LFA supercar to burnish its reputation among buyers of prestige luxury autos.

The LC 500 sports coupe, unveiled Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, accelerates from 0-to-60 miles per hour in under 4.5 seconds, faster than the Mercedes SL550. The car will begin sales in early 2017 and start at just under $100,000, more for higher trims.