2018 Lexus LC 500: First Drive Review

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LC 500 On the Road
There is nothing like the sound of a normally-aspirated V8 engine. In Sport+ mode, with the active exhaust open, the LC 500 sounds fantastic and will do its best to convince you that it’s actually a sports car. But the LC 500 also is an exceptional grand touring car with plenty of power, a quick, smooth-shifting transmission and Drive Mode Select. And it looks like a concept car on the street, drawing attention wherever it goes. The LC 500 with the Performance Package and active rear steering and variable ratio steering reveals that Lexus engineers have done a fantastic job of tuning the electric steering for the right amount of feel and feedback. In Sport+ mode, the ride is well-controlled but never too harsh, and the steering effort and precision are just right. On twisty mountain roads the LC 500 feels surprisingly agile and quick, despite weighing 4,280 pounds. And that V8 sound remains on tap — anytime you want it.

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3 thoughts on “2018 Lexus LC 500: First Drive Review

  1. Comparing the LC500 to any Corvette is the epitome of an apples to oranges comparison. I’ve never seen GM product have the fit and finish of a basic Toyota, much less a Lexus. Even BMW and Mercedes scratches their heads on how Lexus does it. I’d say hold off and wait for the LCF, it should have a twin turbo 4.0L like the new LC500, but with boosted torque and HP (600+?).

  2. Beautiful. However, all the things you hype about it you get in a 60K Corvette. Front Mid-Engine Rear Drive 2-seater with a 50/50 weight distribution. It has a few more HP but far less torque. 0-60 is a lot slower and top speed is lower. Interior is similar but I prefer the more driver focus of the Corvette. I’m not saying it is bad. It is worth something to have a lower production car for the bit more exclusivity without having to go full exotic price. Nice competition to the Mercedes SL or Jaguar F. Been there, done that.

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