DETROIT—The launch last week of the Lexus LC500 luxury sports coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit also marks the debut of Michelin's most advanced run-flat UHP tire, the Pilot Super Sport ZP (Zero Pressure).
The LC500—from Toyota Motor Co.'s Lexus division—is a low-slung, rear-wheel-drive coupe powered by a 467-hp 5-liter V-8 engine based on the LF-LC concept coupe that Lexus has been teasing auto show visitors with for years. The vehicle debuted at the NAIAS on a custom-designed and developed iteration of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, size 245/40R21 front and 275/35R21 rear.
The LC500 will be the Lexus brand's halo model, with a targeted 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than 4.5 seconds. It's expected to go on sale in the U.S. and Japan in the spring of 2017, at just under $100,000.