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Some Lexus Designer Really Wanted a Trans Am As a Kid

The Lexus Black Panther reminds us of the Trans Am screaming chicken of the 1980s.

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The SEMA show in Las Vegas is every automaker's opportunity to get a little silly with the do-dads and decals. For the Lexus shopper interested in dropping six figures on a coupe with a huge hood decal, Lexus has created a Black Panther version. To us, the monstrosity looks like a 1980 Trans Am without the cool.

If we read the press release right, Lexus is threatening to build 100 of these as part of its Inspiration series, we assume without the hood ornament. Lexus says that this LC is "Fit for a Super Hero who is also a king, this vehicle is part Lexus Takumi craftsmanship, part Wakandan vibranium engineering and all badass."

Other features of the Inspiration Series LC include:
- A unique carbon fiber scuff plate
- Bespoke white interior
- 21" forged alloy wheels
- Signature Barneys sommelier set, a limited-edition collection of barware inspired by the vehicle’s elegant design (yes, alcohol-serving equipment in your car)

Commenting on the car with the sticker on the hood, Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s senior vice president of global partnerships and marketing, said, “This is what it’s all about. 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.”­­

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