2018 Lexus LC 500: First Drive Review

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience
High-Performance Hybrid
Lexus developed the new Multi Stage Hybrid system for the LC 500h, combining a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators, similar to previous hybrid Lexus models, with a total system output of 354 horsepower. The Multi Stage Hybrid system also uses the continuously-variable transmission from Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive, but adds a 4-speed automatic transmission allowing the system to better utilize the V6 engine across the speed range. It also offers more electric assist at low speeds and can operate electric-only up to 87 mph. In M manual mode, the two transmissions work together, allowing the driver to shift through 10 ratios with the paddle shifters; in automatic mode, gear selection is based on driving conditions and driver input. Just a tick slower than the LC 500, the LC 500h will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with a top track speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg city / 35 mpg highway / 30 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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