2018 Lexus LC 500: First Drive Review

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Under the Hood
The Lexus LC 500 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter high-performance V8 engine that produces 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque and has a redline of 7300 rpm. Based on the same engine as the Lexus GS F, the LC 500 powerplant features variable Active Exhaust, 32-valve heads, and a fuel-injection system that uses both direct injection and port injection for improved low-speed response. In addition to the active exhaust — which opens in Sport+ mode — a resonance tube connects the intake to the firewall for engine sound under acceleration. A new 10-speed automatic transmission features close ratios between the lower gears for improved acceleration, and it can be shifted manually with magnesium paddles. Drive Mode Select offers six choices: Normal, Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Custom. According to Lexus, the LC 500 will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top track speed of 168 mph. Fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg city / 26 mpg highway / 19 mpg combined.

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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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