2018 Lexus LC 500: First Drive Review

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience
New Platform
Bringing the LF-LC concept to life as the LC coupe required the development of a new front-engine rear-drive platform, which will also be used for the 2018 Lexus LS sedan due later this year, as well as for future models. A key focus for the new platform was to lower the center of gravity to improve dynamic performance. The LC uses aluminum for the hood, front fenders and outer doors, with only the rear fenders made of steel. Inner door panels and the trunk are made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic; a new molding process is employed for the optional carbon fiber roof with a visible twill weave.

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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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