Lexus will be the first manufacturer to reveal their next-generation GT500 challenger, when they announce and unveil their 2017 GT500 model on August 27 during the 45th International Suzuka 1000km.
It is likely that the Lexus GT500 car will be based on a brand-new model from 2017: The Lexus LC500, a brand-new flagship luxury coupé that will go on sale later this year. It would replace the RC-F which has competed since 2014.
The LC range will be seated as the successor to the retired Lexus SC, which was the base of Lexus’ GT500 machines from 2006 to 2013. The road-going LC500 will be powered by the same 5-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine from the RC-F, though obviously, the GT500 variant will feature Toyota’s 2-liter, twin-turbo, 4 cylinder engine.
The new 2017 Lexus GT500 car will also be on display at the Suzuka Circuit, at a booth organized by the Super GT Square fan club, where spectators can get a closer look at the new car.
Honda and Nissan will reveal their 2017 GT500 cars in the final round of the season at Twin Ring Motegi.