2018 Lexus LC 500: First Drive Review

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Inner Space
If the Lexus LS is dramatic and bold on the outside, it is nothing but pure luxury on the inside. Even though a sporty flair infuses the driver-oriented cockpit, occupants get cocooned in quality materials with a refined feeling and attention to detail. The 2-piece seats position the driver low, although visibility is good thanks to the low hoodline and narrow A-pillars. The 2-piece seats offer shoulder bolsters with more substantial bolsters for the sport seats. The instruments feature new thin film transistor display technology first used in the LFA, and the display changes for different drive modes. The information display to the right is at the same height. The asymmetrical console/center stack design is higher on the right side and includes a handle for the passenger. The LC is strictly a 2+2 coupe with rear-seat passengers limited to small children or a very short ride for adults — the driver and front-seat passenger will need to share their legroom with rear-seat passengers, and headroom is limited for adults.

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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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