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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LC Yellow Edition

On its own, the Lexus LC 500 is a flamboyant car. The unmistakable styling cues give it a look that’s all its own, and its 471-horsepower V-8 engine helps it straddle the line between a capable touring car and an everyday supercar. But just as the LC 500 already has its own identity, there are still ways to bring out even more of its personality. That’s what we get with the LC 500 Yellow Edition, the latest in a long line of exclusive additions to the flagship coupe’s range.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus LC F

After more than two years of constant teasing and two concept cars, Lexus unveiled a new 2+2 coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed LC500, the new coupe is stunning to look at, has a luxurious interior, and comes with a stout, naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant. Come 2018 and the Japanese firm is working on a beefed-up version with an “F” badge.

Despite having two extra seats and missing a V-10 powerplant, the LC500 is already being considered a successor to the mighty LFA. Granted, the two have very little in common as far as underpinnings go, but I can totally understand why Lexus enthusiasts are comparing it to the LFA. The LC500 has a strong presence, a low-slung stance, and it blends luxury and sportiness under the same roof. It’s nowhere near as powerful as the LFA, but what if Lexus is planning to release a more potent version later on? These new spy shots suggest that we may soon be able to buy an LC F model with more power and a more aggressive exterior.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Lexus LC F.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus LC F

After more than two years of constant teasing and two concept cars, Lexus unveiled a new 2+2 coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed LC500, the new coupe is stunning to look at, has a luxurious interior, and comes with a stout, naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant. Come 2018 and the Japanese firm is working on a beefed-up version with an “F” badge.

Despite having two extra seats and missing a V-10 powerplant, the LC500 is already being considered a successor to the mighty LFA. Granted, the two have very little in common as far as underpinnings go, but I can totally understand why Lexus enthusiasts are comparing it to the LFA. The LC500 has a strong presence, a low-slung stance, and it blends luxury and sportiness under the same roof. It’s nowhere near as powerful as the LFA, but what if Lexus is planning to release a more potent version later on? These new spy shots suggest that we may soon be able to buy an LC F model with more power and a more aggressive exterior.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Lexus LC F.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus LC500 – Driven

It was in 2012 when Lexus pulled the covers off its LF-LC concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept boasted curvy lines, massive rear haunches, a big Spindle Grille, those signature fishhook LED daytime running lights, and a nose almost as long as Michael Keaton’s Batmobile. Somehow Lexus managed to keep the concept’s sultry lines almost completely intact for production. The final result is this, the 2018 Lexus LC500.

I spent a week behind its wheel, doing everything from blasting down the Interstate to picking up the kiddos in the carpool line. It fetched groceries and drew crowds in nearly equal amounts. It also fostered a love/hate relationship in my view. I’ll explain below.

Continue reading for more information.

Exterior

  • Based on LF-LC Concept from 2012
  • Front-engine, rear-drive 2+2 coupe
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires

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“The 2018 Lexus LC500 is certainly something special to view. No other vehicle on the road shares its proportions”

Just look at it… The 2018 Lexus LC500 is certainly something special to view. No other vehicle on the road shares its proportions. The long, sloping hood runs from the high A-pillars down to the tall Spindle Grille while the roof slopes almost as quickly down the LC’s backside. Like any good coupe, its highest point is above the front seats. The rear tires, despite only being 275-series, look as if they’re incredibly wide thanks to the massive rear fenders and narrowing greenhouse.
Its overall shape is simply stunning. But it doesn’t stop there.

The LC500 packs plenty of visual yumminess into its details. Up front, the LED headlights are arranged in a pod of three, accented by the LED daytime running light and the vertical amber turn signals. The optional 21-inch wheels on my tester look nearly identical to those on the 2012 LF-LC concept car.

The rear features alien-like clear taillights with red and satin chrome accents. The chrome repeats on along the sloping C-pillars, on the badges, and on the dual exhaust finishers. It’s just enough brightwork to keep things interesting, but not so much it looks tacky.


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“The rear features alien-like clear taillights with red and satin chrome accents”

Getting into the LC500 is done with Jaguar F-Type style push/pull door handles. The passive entry allows the key fob to remain in a pocket or bag. Sadly, the same isn’t true front the trunk. For some reason, Lexus didn’t include a trunk release button, so the only way to open the truck is with the key fob or by the button on the dashboard near the steering wheel. Yeah… Otherwise, the LC’s exterior is a sensuous exercise in form and function.

Interior

  • Beautifully crafted cabin
  • Driver-centric dashboard
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • 10.25-inch infotainment system
  • Lexus’ Enform infotainment software

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“That form and function ethos does very well for the LC’s exterior, but sadly, it does not carry into the interior”

That form and function ethos does very well for the LC’s exterior, but sadly, it does not carry into the interior. Lexus has put form very much ahead of function within the LC.

As far as form goes, the interior is simply stunning. The designers did an amazing job sculpting the panels and creating something that’s unique to anything seen before. What’s more, they executed the design with nary a flaw. Panel gaps incredibly small, the intricate detailing with the different colors and materials, and the overall ergonomics of the driving position are all impeccably done.

However, as for function, the LC500 proves that beauty doesn’t always translate into practicality. For example, the rear seats are very cramped with almost no legroom unless the front seats are slid more than halfway up their tracks. And as petty as it might sound, the two cup holders are better left unfilled. The trunk presents a problem for those with lots of luggage. The opening is rather wide, but the floor is so shallow that anything larger than a carry-on bag won’t fit.


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“The Entune infotainment system suffers from the same overcomplicated controls, small menu buttons, and endless menu pages”

Then there’s the issue of the Entune infotainment system. It suffers from the same overcomplicated controls, small menu buttons, and endless menu pages. For example, the heat and vent controls for the front seats are buried under the Climate tab and requires at least three scroll and taps before being able to adjust the temperature. It also requires a close eye to watch the cursor’s trek across the screen. By this time, the driver has watched the screen for far too long.

Admittedly, though, Lexus has given the Enform system a respectable makeover in terms of aesthetics. It no longer looks as dated as it has.

Beyond those frustrations, the interior is impeccably wonderful and makes for a great place to spend time.

Drivetrain

  • 5.0-liter V-8
  • Naturally Aspirated
  • 471 horsepower at 7,100 rpm
  • 398 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Available Torsen limited-slip rear differential
  • 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds
  • Top Speed 168 mph
  • EPA estimated fuel economy: 16/26/19 mpg

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“The engine uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams to generate 471 horsepower at an astonishing 7,100 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm”

The Lexus LC500 comes with the familiar 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8. The engine uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams to generate 471 horsepower at an astonishing 7,100 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. While that’s low by supercar standards, the power is more than enough to get the LC500 moving very quickly.

Lexus says the LC500 will hit 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and will reach a top speed of 168 mph.

Perhaps the LC’s biggest hindrance is its weight. At 4,280 pounds, the coupe is a bit on the porky side, especially considering Lexus’ use of carbon fiber reinforced plastics on the doors and trunk lid. Those panels also have aluminum skin to keep weight down. Nevertheless, the LC500 works best as a grand touring coupe, like I mention here.


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“Managing the power is Lexus’ 10-speed automatic transmission”

Managing the power is Lexus’ 10-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox delivers smooth shifts during easy driving and fires off shifts like a dual-clutch when driven hard. Much the transmission’s duality comes from the LC’s drive modes. Select Eco, Comfort, or Normal, and the car drives like a cloud. Sport and Sport+ modes transform the car into a back road bomber. Downshifts are equally satisfying, too, with the revs happily shooting toward the 7,300 redline and the engine blatting and snarling like a proper engine should.

A Torsen limited-slip differential is an option on the LC500 and it keeps the rear wheels from misbehaving. Of course, turning traction control off results in massive burnouts from its 275/35R21 rear tires.

Hauling things to a stop are massive brakes. The front rotors are two-piece, vented rotors measuring 15.7 inches in diameter. They are clamped by six-piston monoblock calipers. The rear brakes have 14.1-inch vented rotors and four-piston monoblock calipers. And as for the front tires, those measure in at 245/40R21. Perhaps most impressively, Lexus actually specs respectable rubber. The tires are Michelin Pilot Super Sports.


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“The Lexus rides on adaptive dampers that change firmness in conjunction with the drive modes”

The Lexus rides on adaptive dampers that change firmness in conjunction with the drive modes. Eco, Comfort, and Normal have the coupe soaking up bumper rather well, making for enjoyable long-distance drives. Sport and Sport+ modes drastically firm the dampers’ ride, giving the LC500 a sportier feel and a nearly flat turn-in.

As for fuel economy, the EPA estimates the LC500 at 16 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. I averaged around 18 mpg combined over a few hundred miles of mixed driving with a somewhat heavy foot. Add to that the need for premium unleaded. Of course, the price of fuel is hardly a concern with a $100,000 car. If it’s the “save the planet” argument, then for $4,510 Lexus will sell you the LC500h – a gasoline hybrid version with the familiar 3.5-liter V-6.

Pricing


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There’s no getting around the LC500’s cost. It’s expensive. However, the car does offer a lot for the money. Here’s how things break down.

The 2018 LC500 starts at $92,000. There are eight color choices, and none cost extra. You can also choose from three interior colors themes without incurring an extra cost, but the swankiest interior theme, “Bespoke White Leather,” requires the $1,000 Convenience Package, the $1,790 Touring Package, and your choice between the $1,210 20-inch or $2,650 21-inch wheels.

Other available packages include the All-Weather Package for $250; the Performance Package for $5,960; the Sport Package with Carbon Fiber roof for $2,960; and the Sport Package with the glass roof for $1,400. Not all can be selected at once, of course.

My tester included the All-Weather Package, the Convenience package with the 21-inch wheels, the Head-up display ($900), the limited-slip differential ($390), the Mark Levinson premium sound system ($1,220), and the Sport Package with the glass roof. Add in the key fob sleeve for $10, the trunk matt for $105, and the destination fee of $995, and my tester’s grand total came to $100,920.

The Competition

The Lexus LC500 has no natural competition that aligns perfectly with its stats. As such, I’m comparing it to something more luxury oriented and another that’s more sport oriented.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic


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The Mercedes S550 is a much bigger coupe with more room for people and more roof for things in the trunk. The interior caters far more to comfort with massaging seats, dual temperature and fan speed controls, and even an aroma system that wafts pleasant scents through the HVAC system. The digital gauge cluster offers more customization in its view and doesn’t make the tachometer the central focus.

The S550 is rather powerful thanks to a 4.7-liter, biturbo, V-8 making 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels. The sprint to 60 mph happens in only 4.5 seconds.

This level of luxury and performance come at a price. The 2018 S550 4Matic Coupe starts at $122,750. And in typical German fashion, the price skyrockets with added options and packages.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic

2018 Jaguar F-Type R


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The Jaguar F-Type R definitely caters to the sporty side of this comparison. The high-performance coupe offers seating for only two, has a supercharged V-8, has all-wheel drive, and massive brakes. The interior has thinly padded, heavily bolstered leather seats and a very driver-focused dashboard. The trunk has more room than the LC’s but is still only good for a few overnight bags.

So about that power – it’s a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 making an impressive 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph happens in a blistering 3.9 seconds thanks to the power, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the added grip from the AWD system. Of course, it’s impossible to talk about the F-Type R’s engine without mentioning its wonderful, world-class variable exhaust system. Push a button near the gearshifter and the entire neighborhood will hear the F-Type coming. It’s glorious!

Naturally, the F-Type R isn’t cheap either. It starts at $99,900 and will exceed $120,000 with options. Jaguar does offer less expensive models with less powerful engines starting at $59,900. There is also the F-Type SVR with even more power and more performance. It starts at $121,900.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jaguar F-Type R

Conclusion


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The Lexus LC500 is an interesting car. It concentrates on being a good grand touring coupe but offers impressive performance while falling short glory on either extreme. The Mercedes S550 Coupe is a better luxury car and the Jaguar F-Type R is a better sports car. While that might be a downer if only stopping there, this conclusion is good news for those who want to split the difference in both luxury and performance while paying a lower admission price than charged by both Mercedes and Jaguar. That’s a pretty darn good case for the LC500.

On the subjective side, the LC500 is an immensely surprising offering from Lexus. Its performance feels better than the car’s stats suggest and is overall appeal extends past the typical Lexus customer. All told, it’s a serious performance luxury coupe that worth serious consideration from high-end consumers.

  • Leave it
    • * Down on power compared to others
    • * Gets expensive with options
    • * Will it appeal to the right crowd?

References

Lexus LC


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What It’s Like to Daily Drive the Lexus LC500


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Why The Lexus LC500 Isn’t Perfect


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The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Definitive Grand Tourer


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What Lurks Under The Lexus LC500’s Hood


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The Lexus LC500’s Interior is Breathtaking


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.


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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LC500 – Driven

It was in 2012 when Lexus pulled the covers off its LF-LC concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept boasted curvy lines, massive rear haunches, a big Spindle Grille, those signature fishhook LED daytime running lights, and a nose almost as long as Michael Keaton’s Batmobile. Somehow Lexus managed to keep the concept’s sultry lines almost completely intact for production. The final result is this, the 2018 Lexus LC500.

I spent a week behind its wheel, doing everything from blasting down the Interstate to picking up the kiddos in the carpool line. It fetched groceries and drew crowds in nearly equal amounts. It also fostered a love/hate relationship in my view. I’ll explain below.

Continue reading for more information.

Exterior

  • Based on LF-LC Concept from 2012
  • Front-engine, rear-drive 2+2 coupe
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires

2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven - image 767634
“The 2018 Lexus LC500 is certainly something special to view. No other vehicle on the road shares its proportions”

Just look at it… The 2018 Lexus LC500 is certainly something special to view. No other vehicle on the road shares its proportions. The long, sloping hood runs from the high A-pillars down to the tall Spindle Grille while the roof slopes almost as quickly down the LC’s backside. Like any good coupe, its highest point is above the front seats. The rear tires, despite only being 275-series, look as if they’re incredibly wide thanks to the massive rear fenders and narrowing greenhouse.
Its overall shape is simply stunning. But it doesn’t stop there.

The LC500 packs plenty of visual yumminess into its details. Up front, the LED headlights are arranged in a pod of three, accented by the LED daytime running light and the vertical amber turn signals. The optional 21-inch wheels on my tester look nearly identical to those on the 2012 LF-LC concept car.

The rear features alien-like clear taillights with red and satin chrome accents. The chrome repeats on along the sloping C-pillars, on the badges, and on the dual exhaust finishers. It’s just enough brightwork to keep things interesting, but not so much it looks tacky.


2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven - image 767631
“The rear features alien-like clear taillights with red and satin chrome accents”

Getting into the LC500 is done with Jaguar F-Type style push/pull door handles. The passive entry allows the key fob to remain in a pocket or bag. Sadly, the same isn’t true front the trunk. For some reason, Lexus didn’t include a trunk release button, so the only way to open the truck is with the key fob or by the button on the dashboard near the steering wheel. Yeah… Otherwise, the LC’s exterior is a sensuous exercise in form and function.

Interior

  • Beautifully crafted cabin
  • Driver-centric dashboard
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • 10.25-inch infotainment system
  • Lexus’ Enform infotainment software

2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven - image 767653
“That form and function ethos does very well for the LC’s exterior, but sadly, it does not carry into the interior”

That form and function ethos does very well for the LC’s exterior, but sadly, it does not carry into the interior. Lexus has put form very much ahead of function within the LC.

As far as form goes, the interior is simply stunning. The designers did an amazing job sculpting the panels and creating something that’s unique to anything seen before. What’s more, they executed the design with nary a flaw. Panel gaps incredibly small, the intricate detailing with the different colors and materials, and the overall ergonomics of the driving position are all impeccably done.

However, as for function, the LC500 proves that beauty doesn’t always translate into practicality. For example, the rear seats are very cramped with almost no legroom unless the front seats are slid more than halfway up their tracks. And as petty as it might sound, the two cup holders are better left unfilled. The trunk presents a problem for those with lots of luggage. The opening is rather wide, but the floor is so shallow that anything larger than a carry-on bag won’t fit.


2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven - image 767662
“The Entune infotainment system suffers from the same overcomplicated controls, small menu buttons, and endless menu pages”

Then there’s the issue of the Entune infotainment system. It suffers from the same overcomplicated controls, small menu buttons, and endless menu pages. For example, the heat and vent controls for the front seats are buried under the Climate tab and requires at least three scroll and taps before being able to adjust the temperature. It also requires a close eye to watch the cursor’s trek across the screen. By this time, the driver has watched the screen for far too long.

Admittedly, though, Lexus has given the Enform system a respectable makeover in terms of aesthetics. It no longer looks as dated as it has.

Beyond those frustrations, the interior is impeccably wonderful and makes for a great place to spend time.

Drivetrain

  • 5.0-liter V-8
  • Naturally Aspirated
  • 471 horsepower at 7,100 rpm
  • 398 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Available Torsen limited-slip rear differential
  • 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds
  • Top Speed 168 mph
  • EPA estimated fuel economy: 16/26/19 mpg

2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven - image 767650
“The engine uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams to generate 471 horsepower at an astonishing 7,100 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm”

The Lexus LC500 comes with the familiar 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8. The engine uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams to generate 471 horsepower at an astonishing 7,100 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. While that’s low by supercar standards, the power is more than enough to get the LC500 moving very quickly.

Lexus says the LC500 will hit 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and will reach a top speed of 168 mph.

Perhaps the LC’s biggest hindrance is its weight. At 4,280 pounds, the coupe is a bit on the porky side, especially considering Lexus’ use of carbon fiber reinforced plastics on the doors and trunk lid. Those panels also have aluminum skin to keep weight down. Nevertheless, the LC500 works best as a grand touring coupe, like I mention here.


2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven - image 767668
“Managing the power is Lexus’ 10-speed automatic transmission”

Managing the power is Lexus’ 10-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox delivers smooth shifts during easy driving and fires off shifts like a dual-clutch when driven hard. Much the transmission’s duality comes from the LC’s drive modes. Select Eco, Comfort, or Normal, and the car drives like a cloud. Sport and Sport+ modes transform the car into a back road bomber. Downshifts are equally satisfying, too, with the revs happily shooting toward the 7,300 redline and the engine blatting and snarling like a proper engine should.

A Torsen limited-slip differential is an option on the LC500 and it keeps the rear wheels from misbehaving. Of course, turning traction control off results in massive burnouts from its 275/35R21 rear tires.

Hauling things to a stop are massive brakes. The front rotors are two-piece, vented rotors measuring 15.7 inches in diameter. They are clamped by six-piston monoblock calipers. The rear brakes have 14.1-inch vented rotors and four-piston monoblock calipers. And as for the front tires, those measure in at 245/40R21. Perhaps most impressively, Lexus actually specs respectable rubber. The tires are Michelin Pilot Super Sports.


2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven - image 767640
“The Lexus rides on adaptive dampers that change firmness in conjunction with the drive modes”

The Lexus rides on adaptive dampers that change firmness in conjunction with the drive modes. Eco, Comfort, and Normal have the coupe soaking up bumper rather well, making for enjoyable long-distance drives. Sport and Sport+ modes drastically firm the dampers’ ride, giving the LC500 a sportier feel and a nearly flat turn-in.

As for fuel economy, the EPA estimates the LC500 at 16 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. I averaged around 18 mpg combined over a few hundred miles of mixed driving with a somewhat heavy foot. Add to that the need for premium unleaded. Of course, the price of fuel is hardly a concern with a $100,000 car. If it’s the “save the planet” argument, then for $4,510 Lexus will sell you the LC500h – a gasoline hybrid version with the familiar 3.5-liter V-6.

Pricing


2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven - image 767638

There’s no getting around the LC500’s cost. It’s expensive. However, the car does offer a lot for the money. Here’s how things break down.

The 2018 LC500 starts at $92,000. There are eight color choices, and none cost extra. You can also choose from three interior colors themes without incurring an extra cost, but the swankiest interior theme, “Bespoke White Leather,” requires the $1,000 Convenience Package, the $1,790 Touring Package, and your choice between the $1,210 20-inch or $2,650 21-inch wheels.

Other available packages include the All-Weather Package for $250; the Performance Package for $5,960; the Sport Package with Carbon Fiber roof for $2,960; and the Sport Package with the glass roof for $1,400. Not all can be selected at once, of course.

My tester included the All-Weather Package, the Convenience package with the 21-inch wheels, the Head-up display ($900), the limited-slip differential ($390), the Mark Levinson premium sound system ($1,220), and the Sport Package with the glass roof. Add in the key fob sleeve for $10, the trunk matt for $105, and the destination fee of $995, and my tester’s grand total came to $100,920.

The Competition

The Lexus LC500 has no natural competition that aligns perfectly with its stats. As such, I’m comparing it to something more luxury oriented and another that’s more sport oriented.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic


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The Mercedes S550 is a much bigger coupe with more room for people and more roof for things in the trunk. The interior caters far more to comfort with massaging seats, dual temperature and fan speed controls, and even an aroma system that wafts pleasant scents through the HVAC system. The digital gauge cluster offers more customization in its view and doesn’t make the tachometer the central focus.

The S550 is rather powerful thanks to a 4.7-liter, biturbo, V-8 making 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels. The sprint to 60 mph happens in only 4.5 seconds.

This level of luxury and performance come at a price. The 2018 S550 4Matic Coupe starts at $122,750. And in typical German fashion, the price skyrockets with added options and packages.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic

2018 Jaguar F-Type R


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The Jaguar F-Type R definitely caters to the sporty side of this comparison. The high-performance coupe offers seating for only two, has a supercharged V-8, has all-wheel drive, and massive brakes. The interior has thinly padded, heavily bolstered leather seats and a very driver-focused dashboard. The trunk has more room than the LC’s but is still only good for a few overnight bags.

So about that power – it’s a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 making an impressive 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph happens in a blistering 3.9 seconds thanks to the power, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the added grip from the AWD system. Of course, it’s impossible to talk about the F-Type R’s engine without mentioning its wonderful, world-class variable exhaust system. Push a button near the gearshifter and the entire neighborhood will hear the F-Type coming. It’s glorious!

Naturally, the F-Type R isn’t cheap either. It starts at $99,900 and will exceed $120,000 with options. Jaguar does offer less expensive models with less powerful engines starting at $59,900. There is also the F-Type SVR with even more power and more performance. It starts at $121,900.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jaguar F-Type R

Conclusion


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The Lexus LC500 is an interesting car. It concentrates on being a good grand touring coupe but offers impressive performance while falling short glory on either extreme. The Mercedes S550 Coupe is a better luxury car and the Jaguar F-Type R is a better sports car. While that might be a downer if only stopping there, this conclusion is good news for those who want to split the difference in both luxury and performance while paying a lower admission price than charged by both Mercedes and Jaguar. That’s a pretty darn good case for the LC500.

On the subjective side, the LC500 is an immensely surprising offering from Lexus. Its performance feels better than the car’s stats suggest and is overall appeal extends past the typical Lexus customer. All told, it’s a serious performance luxury coupe that worth serious consideration from high-end consumers.

  • Leave it
    • * Down on power compared to others
    • * Gets expensive with options
    • * Will it appeal to the right crowd?

References

Lexus LC


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What It’s Like to Daily Drive the Lexus LC500


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Why The Lexus LC500 Isn’t Perfect


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The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Definitive Grand Tourer


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What Lurks Under The Lexus LC500’s Hood


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The Lexus LC500’s Interior is Breathtaking


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.


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PostHeaderIcon Why The Lexus LC500 Isn’t Perfect

Read nearly any online review of the 2018 Lexus LC500 and you’ll be left thinking the car is too heavy, too underpowered, and too expensive. And in defense of my fellow automotive journalists out there, they mean well but miss the LC’s essence – its thesis statement. Compared to many 2+2 luxury coupes with V-8 power and rear-wheel drive, the LC simply falls short in the performance category. Unfortunately, this narrow-angle view entirely misses the point of the LC’s existence.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Lexus LC500.

The Right Vantage Point


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“In my view, at least, the LC500 was designed to be something akin to the “personal luxury coupes” of the 1960 and 1970s.”

Compare the 2018 Lexus LC500 to vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic, the Jaguar F-Type, or even the BMW M6 Convertible, and you’ll be left wanting more. You’ll want more than 471 horsepower, less than 4,280 pounds of curb weight, and a price tag that doesn’t start at $92,000.

Yet, this isn’t the proper way to view the Lexus LC500. Rather, the car is designed to be a Grand Touring Coupe that’s more than capable of burning down back roads and humming along at triple-digit speeds on the German Autobahn.

In my view, at least, the LC500 was designed to be something akin to the “personal luxury coupes” of the 1960 and 1970s. A large, plush car with realistic room for only two, a big engine, striking looks, and a fat price tag that lets onlookers know that its driver is someone special. The LC500 does fill that role rather well.


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“The LC500 also delivers more power and performance than most grand touring cars need”

Only it isn’t just a large, plush car with room for two. The LC500 also delivers more power and performance than most grand touring cars need. Even at 471 horsepower, the car feels peppier than it should. It sounds way more exciting than any Lexus short of the LFA has. It even looks the part of a proper sports coupe. But make no mistake, the LC500 is a grand touring coupe through and through.

References

Lexus LC


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The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Definitive Grand Tourer


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What Lurks Under The Lexus LC500’s Hood


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The Lexus LC500’s Interior is Breathtaking


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.


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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Perfect Ride for a Valentine’s Day Date

It’s Valentine’s Day, and so long as you’re not celebrating Single’s Awareness Day, you’ve probably got a romantic date planned for tonight. While most people will ride to the restaurant in their Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Tahoe, they’re dreaming of arriving at the valet booth with something a bit more… upscale.

It seems the 2018 Lexus LC500 fits the bill rather perfectly. Let me explain.

Continue reading for more on the Lexus LC500.


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“The Lexus LC500 is a grand touring car more focused on luxury and prestige than performance and lap time records”

Like I detailed here, the Lexus LC500 is a grand touring car more focused on luxury and prestige than performance and lap time records. That means its suspension isn’t designed to shake your fillings lose or its drivetrain jerk your neck back with whiplash. Rather, the LC offers a perfect balance between cushy and sporty.

Inside, the LC500 offers comfortable front seats with eight-way power adjustments and both heating and ventilation. The bolsters are on the thick side, but your day shouldn’t have too hard a time getting out at the restaurant. Dual zone climate controls keep you both happy and the optional Mark Levinson sound system with its 13 speakers and 915 watts will play those sappy love ballads with the utmost authenticity and fidelity.


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“Inside, the LC500 offers comfortable front seats with eight-way power adjustments and both heating and ventilation”

And should your eyes be on your date more than the road, the Lexus LC will keep itself within its lane with its standard Lane Keep Assist and automatically stop should you fail to see something in the road ahead thanks to its Smart Stop system with pedestrian detection.

Of course, planning for worst-case scenarios isn’t great dinner conversation on Valentine’s Day. You’ll be more worried about making a big impression. The LC500 certainly has you covered there. From the moment you see it, the car looks special. That feeling continues when opening the doors and soaking in that lovely interior. And hearing it is a big part of the experience. Lexus’ active exhaust makes all the right noises.

Yeah, the LC500’s $92,000 starting price is rather steep for most folks to actually buy, but hey, it costs nothing to dream.

References

Lexus LC


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What Lurks Under The Lexus LC500’s Hood


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The Lexus LC500’s Interior is Breathtaking


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.


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PostHeaderIcon The Lexus LC500’s Interior is Breathtaking

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is a beautiful car to behold. Just look at it – everything from those exterior lines and Coke bottle haunches to the interior’s deep bucket seats and intricate dashboard. The dash pulls cues and inspiration from the famed Lexus LFA while combining new elements and Lexus’ most modern take on the Enform infotainment system.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Lexus LC500’s interior.

Not Your Grandmother’s Lexus


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“The Lexus brand might be synonymous with luxury-fied Toyotas with cushy seats and a frustrating infotainment system, that’s not the case here – well, mostly”

The Lexus brand might be synonymous with luxury-fied Toyotas with cushy seats and a frustrating infotainment system, that’s not the case here – well, mostly. The LC is decked out with high-end materials that feel and look more upscale than the average Lexus. Black leather abounds on nearly every surface and white contrast stitching adds detail. As a part of the $1,400 Sport Package, the seats come with Alcantara suede inserts and leather side bolsters. The suede continues onto the swoopy door panels and into the rear seats.

The Lexus LC500 has four interior colors to choose from: Black, Toasted Caramel, Bespoke White, and as on my tester, Rioja Red. Eight-way power adjustable front seats make getting comfy an easy task and the power-adjustable steering column allows the driver to achieve his optimum driving position.


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“Eight-way power adjustable front seats make getting comfy an easy task and the power-adjustable steering column allows the driver to achieve his optimum driving position”

Thanks to the LC’s low cowl, the view forward over the long, sloping hood is very generous. In fact, outward visibility is pretty impressive considering the LC’s thick C-pillars. The tall greenhouse and large side mirrors certainly help. Even the rear view isn’t terrible. Naturally, good outward views are conducive to added driver confidence, which ultimately aids overall performance.

The LC’s helm is a small-diameter steering wheel with three spokes and magnesium paddle shifters. The thick wheel is leather-wrapped with both solid and perforated leathers and has two-level heating for those cold winter drives.

Ergonomics are pretty good when simply driving. Thanks to the power seat and power steering column with both tilt and telescoping adjustments, the LC feels great to drive. However, things start going awry when doing other tasks besides burning down a back road.


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“The LC only has two cup holders – one of which is more of a square storage spot than a dedicated cup holder”

The LC only has two cup holders – one of which is more of a square storage spot than a dedicated cup holder. The main cup holder is found just ahead of the main radio volume knob near the Enform’s trackpad. Larger cups block the passenger’s access to their HVAC controls. The second “backup” cup holder is under the center armrest lid, which requires the lid be slid rearward.

More problems come with the Enform system. While its appearance is far more modern than other Enform systems in the Lexus family, its usability is still very questionable. Things like controls for the heated and vented seats are buried under the climate menu tab; changing a setting requires concentration and visual focus. Of course, that means the driver isn’t paying attention to the road. Other controls like selecting radio presets or imputing a destination into the navigation system is simply too involved. Thankfully, the large volume knob and the two metal toggle switches for the seat and tune features are a pleasure to use and make those adjustments very simple.


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“For the driver, the LFA-inspired gauge cluster is a beauty”

For the driver, the LFA-inspired gauge cluster is a beauty. The fully digital cluster uses a sliding tachometer screen that, when slid to the right via pressing a button, uncovers another screen for selecting and changing menu settings. Those functions are handled by the five-way keypad on the left-hand side of the wheel. And like the LFA (as well as Lexus F Sport models) the tachometer changes color and intensity when switching between the drive modes. A color head-up display is available and features a handy speed limit sign that helps keep drivers aware of traffic laws.

Back Seats for Nobody


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“Even with the front seats moved fairly far forward, the rear offers little to no legroom”

The Lexus LC500 is technically a 2+2 coupe with seating for four. Once inside, however, the proposition of carrying more than two people becomes laughable. Even with the front seats moved fairly far forward, the rear offers little to no legroom. I’m not a tall guy at five-foot, six-inches, but my normal seating position leaves zero legroom for my six-year-old daughter. She ended up propping her feet on the transmission tunnel.

While they’re cramped, the back seats are there just in case. More useful, though, would be storing an overnight bag or tossing a jacket back there. Thankfully, the LC500 has a decently large trunk. It’s big enough for a weekend’s worth of luggage. Its main drawback is its shallow depth. And as with many cars these days, there is no spare tire. The trunk’s most egregious offense is its missing release button. That’s right, if you want to open the trunk, you either have to use the button on the key fob or open the driver’s door and push the button near the steering wheel. That’s frustrating.


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“The LC500 has a decently large trunk.”

It’s also interesting how a $100,000 luxury coupe doesn’t come with a 360-degree camera system. The LC’s long nose ends somewhere over the horizon, so it’s hard to tell where to stop in a parking space. A front-facing camera would fix this. Side view cameras would also help ease the nerves when pulling near a curb with those lovely 21-inch wheels.

Final Thoughts


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“Despite its few minor complaints, the 2018 Lexus LC500 proves to be a worthwhile luxury coupe”

Despite its few minor (a couple of somewhat major) complaints, the 2018 Lexus LC500 proves to be a worthwhile luxury coupe. Its interior is befitting of the prestige and price tag Lexus is assigning to its new halo model.

It’s also fantastic to see a luxury automaker use more than just black leather in its interior. The Rioja Red interior might not have been my first choice, but it quickly grew on me and ended up being a highlight of the interior experience.

References

Lexus LC


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.


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PostHeaderIcon Check Out Lexus’ Black Panther Super Bowl Commercial Before The Big Game

Super Bowl 52 is less than two weeks away, with kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. And that means its time to ramp up the blockbuster commercials. Lexus is getting ahead of the game with the release of its latest Black Panther spot, which you can view in its entirety right here.

The ad is 60 seconds in length, but a shortened, 30-second iteration is scheduled for the third quarter on Super Bowl Sunday. The ad features the LS 500 F Sport, Lexus’ flagship four-door, as well as the hot-to-trot Lexus LC 500 Coupe, both of which slice and dice through the ad in heroic tire-burning fashion. We also get to watch Black Panther snagging some stolen vibranium before pulling up to a world leadership conference, giving us a preview of the costumes and props from the film.

All told, the ad should do well to expand Lexus’ target audience, which typically ranges from the old to the very old.

Make sure to check out Marvel’s Black Panther movie when it hits U.S. theaters February 16th.


References

Lexus LS


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport.

Lexus LC


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC 500 Coupe.


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PostHeaderIcon High Rollin’: Five Sports Cars You Can Buy For Less Than The Price Of Tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Remember the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept? I’m sure most of you do because it’s on the short list of most incredible reveals in 2017. It’s essentially a more hardcore version of the Bugatti Chiron, and there’s only one of its kind in the world. Yes, it’s a legitimate one-of-one. It also happens to be super expensive and in the short life that it’s had, it’s already been owned by two people. Prince Badr bin Saud of Saudi Arabia was the hypercar’s original owner, who bought it from Bugatti for an undisclosed sum that’s rumored to be in the ten-figure range. It didn’t take long, though, for the Vision GT Concept to change owners as the one-off has found its way to the US courtesy of its new owner in Los Angeles.

As important as those things are, I’m here to talk about a startling discovery about the Vision Gran Turismo, and as some of you might expect, that “discovery” is related to its tires. Apparently – prepare to sit down for this one – a new set of tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo costs $93,000. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s $93,000. No typos. No misprints. No nothing. $93,000 for a set of tires.

Granted, it’s not out of the ordinary for the tires of Bugatti’s supercars to fetch insane amounts. A set of brand-new tires for the Veyron, for example, costs around $50,000 and a similar set for the all-new Chiron is actually a bargain at just over $40,000. But the Vision GT Concept trumps both of them, and it’s not even close. The price for a set of new tires for the concept is so preposterous that I’ve actually managed to come up with a list of sports cars that you can buy brand new for less than the price of the Vision GT’s tires. This is the auto world we live in now, folks. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s dripping in absurdity.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Lexus LC 500


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Let’s start with a little Japanese flavor courtesy of Lexus and its newest GT sportster, the LC 500. There’s a lot to love about the LC 500, and it all starts with its looks. It may not be for everyone, but the striking styling dynamics of the LC 500 means that it’s a magnet for attention. It also features a well-prepared 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. All that power is then sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a newly developed Aisin 10-speed automatic transmission, which in turn allows the LC500 to hit 60 mph from an idle position in just 4.3 seconds before setting off on a top speed run that could peak at about 180 mph. I’m not as giddy about the fact that the model starts at $92,975, but at that price, you’re still looking at one of the best GT sports cars in the world. Don’t believe me? Take one out for a spin, and you’ll be shocked at how remarkably crisp and agile it is for a Lexus. I know from experience.

Read our full article on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.

Mercedes-AMG C 63


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From one of Japan’s finest sports cars to one of the most established sports cars from Germany comes the Mercedes-AMG C 63. Some of you are probably wondering why I chose the AMG C 63 in favor of something like the AMG E 63 S. The latter, for one, clocks in at a price of just over $100,000 so it doesn’t qualify in comparing it to the $93,000 it costs for the Vision Gran Turismo’s four tires. The important answer though is pretty simple: value for your money. This is what the AMG C 63 has over its E 63 counterpart. Not only does it boast of AMG’s famous 5.5-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine, it’s also good enough to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are good enough to post a 4.0-second sprint to 60 mph. And, with features like a three-stage stability control system, an electronic limited-slip differential, and brake-based torque vectoring, it’s hard to think of the AMG C 63 as a run-off-the-mill sports car. It’s far from one, to be exact, and with a price that starts at $81,775, it’s a huge steal relative to what it’s capable of doing.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06


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I can’t imagine how four pieces of tires can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds by themselves. Can you see that happening? I didn’t think so. That shouldn’t be a problem though for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, regarded today as the most powerful road-going Corvette ever built. It may be a sports car by segment definition, but rest assured, it packs supercar-like powers, thanks in large part to a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that packs a meaty 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Not only does it rival the power produced by models like the McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB, but it also costs just $83,995 in its base trim. Go for the whole enchilada and you’re looking at a price that approaches $100,000. The loaded version of the Corvette Z06 may be a little more expensive than the Bugatti Vision GT’s tires, but the things you can do with the ‘Vette – specially with that manual transmission in tow – far outpoints anything you can do with the Vision GT’s tires.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Cadillac CTS-V


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Let’s continue with the American performance car theme and present to you one of the most underrated performance machines to come out of our shores: the Cadillac CTS-V. While it’s true that it doesn’t get the publicity that some of its contemporaries get, the CTS-V is a load of a machine in it of itself. For instance, it makes use of a massive 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that spits out 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Those are Corvette Z06-like numbers for a performance sedan. That’s impressive stuff, especially when you consider that even with its relative girth, it can still sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 200 mph! 200 mph! Here’s the best part: you can get all of that for just $83,995, leaving you with a little under $10,000 in spare change compared to the set of tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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$84,995. That’s how much it’s going to cost you to buy a muscle car that produces a whopping 808 horsepower and 717 pound-feet of torque. I could leave it at that, but the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is worth mentioning because all that power translates to a 0-to-60-mph time of just 2.3 seconds, making it arguably the fastest-accelerating production car in the world. I don’t know if the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo can eclipse that number, but merely posing the thought means that the Challenger SRT Demon is worth the price of what you’re going to pay for it.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus LC 500 Inspired By Black Panther

As one of the most powerful and influential people in the Marvel Universe, you would think that Wakandan king T’Challa would have no problem procuring some of the most exotic supercars in the world. A Bugatti Chiron perhaps? Maybe a Koenigsegg Regera? But, the man who also is known as the Black Panther is far from a flashy fellow – his costume’s all-black! – so he’s probably not into the flaunting-his-wealth lifestyle that his colleague Tony Stark seems to be obsessed with. It’s also likely to be one of the reasons why he’s more than comfortable being spotted in a Lexus LC, and as fate – or marketing – would have it, we’re going to see exactly that at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show when Lexus brings a heavily dressed LC 500 dripping in Black Panther regalia.

For the record, Lexus actually created two LC 500 models for the promotion of the Black Panther movie. One of them is called the Lexus LC Inspiration Series. It’s more subdued than the other, owing to it being a special edition release that will be limited to just 100 units. The other unit, called the Black Panther Inspired LC, is a complete one-off and is not for sale. It’s also dripping in Wakandan technology, which isn’t a real thing to begin with, but awesome to imagine nevertheless. Hard to imagine Lexus suddenly getting resources from a fictional kingdom that gives them access to self-healing paint and vibranium-powered core indicator nodes, but you get the point. If you’re excited about getting the special edition unit that will be on sale, you might want to be on the look-out for when Lexus actually offers it up to the public. There’s not that many, to begin with, and considering the popularity of the Marvel Universe in this day and age, there’s a good chance all 100 units will be scooped up faster than it takes T’Challa to put on his Black Panther costume.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus LC 500 Inspired by Black Panther.

What makes the Lexus Black Panther Inspired LC special

  • Pulsating underbody glow
  • Side-view mirror design
  • Black Panther mask inlay on hood with vibranium-powered core indicator nodes
  • Vibranium-infused self-healing paint treatment
  • Customized body-widening kit
  • Wakandan B-CPU (Brain/Computer Interface) system
  • Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface

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“The biggest takeaway from this model is its prevalent use of vibranium, the super precious metal that can only be found in the kingdom of Wakanda”

Let’s get started with the Black Panther Inspired LC Concept first because this is the one that’s literally out of this world. The biggest takeaway from this model is its prevalent use of vibranium, the super precious metal that can only be found in the kingdom of Wakanda. It’s also the same metal that makes up Captain America’s shield so you know it’s made from the good stuff. Somewhat incredibly, the Lexus LC 500 gets generous helpings of vibranium, including on the aesthetic front where the coupe’s sheet metal is reinforced with a layer of vibranium weave, making the concept virtually indestructible. If that’s not enough, Lexus also found a way to get its hands on vibranium-powered core indicator nodes that give the coupe unlimited fuel. Yep. Unlimited fuel.


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“The concept is also fully autonomous, all thanks to a Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface”

Oh, and the concept is also fully autonomous, all thanks to a Remote Pilot Kimoyo Bead Interface whose functions are completely way over my head. All I know is that with this tech in place, the LC can be “driven remotely from control stations within Birnin Zana.” Good enough for me. From an aesthetic standpoint, the LC gets a wide-body kit and underbody glow because why not. The design of the side mirror is shaped like a panther’s claw and it has “instinctual positioning technology” that aligns with the driver’s eyeline automatically.

All that said, the most important feature of the Black Panther Inspired LC Concept is its Wakandan Brain/Computer Interface, a technology that’s able to create a symbiotic relationship between the driver and the actual car. Think of it in terms of the Jaeger program in Pacific Rim. In other words, it’s as futuristic as it is above and beyond rational explanation.


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“All this tech-inspired wizardry doesn't apply in the real world so don't expect this concept to go up for sale anytime soon”

Unfortunately, all this tech-inspired wizardry doesn’t apply in the real world so don’t expect this concept to go up for sale anytime soon. If it did, prepare to be massively disappointed when you realize that all that talk of vibranium-powered core indicators and Wakandan Brain/Computer Interfaces are nothing more than figments of Lexus’ imagination.

References

Lexus LC


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC Structural Blue Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Dumb Decisions Made in Japan

Nothing like a Friday 13th to end your work week, huh? Well, I’m not the superstitious type, but it’s on this day that I found out that Honda isn’t making a baby NSX. And that’s particularly upsetting since the design patent believed to be an upcoming sports car turned out to be just another Vision Gran Turismo thing. Nothing like getting a virtual car for a video game instead of an actual vehicle that could be really cool. Yuck!

In case you’re not familiar with the matter, a design patent that surfaced the web a while back hinted at a new Honda sports car. Its design was based on the bonkers NSX, it had a mid-engined layout, and it was smaller. This also meant it was lighter and more affordable. Like a dream come true, right? Well, it’s not gonna happen. Honda just wanted to make a Vision car for the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport video game. What a sad day…

Continue reading for the full story.

We Want It, Honda Needs It!


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“Come on Honda, we need a new S2000 but with the engine behind the seats”

The NSX is cool and all, but it’s also extremely expensive for the average Joe. And that’s exactly why a baby NSX is a good idea. Let’s say it would be a great competitor for the Porsche Cayman with a price tag between $55,000 to $60,000. Without an electric motor of course. Or at least with the option to get a range-topping hybrid model, but with a gasoline-only base car that delivers around 300 horsepower. And Honda would benefit greatly from such an offering, especially in the U.S.

But no, they’re more interested in having a Vision Gran Turismo car in a stupid video game. Yeah, I know, marketing and stuff, but it’s still an awful idea when you don’t have that many exciting cars on offer. Come on Honda, we need a new S2000 but with the engine behind the seats. Make it happen already!

Lexus Loves to Waste Time


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“Why in the hell would you spend 15 years to make a special paint?”

Now listen to this! Lexus just launched a new paint for LC coupe, and it made a big deal about how it spent 15 years to create it. Yup, 15 years. Not weeks or months, 15 freaking years. For paint. That thing that gets scratched and fades away from enduring sunny, hot summers after snowy, freezing winters.

The new paint is called Structural Blue, and you saw it for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. Granted, it’s gorgeous to look, and it’s not the typical blue you get from other carmakers. But it’s still paint, and it’s still blue. It’s far from amazing. So why the big fuss? Well, Lexus says it spent a lot of time to create a color that’s “more blue” than anything seen before. Much sense, such wow!

“I can live without the bluest blue out there”

Okay, okay, this one’s is more serious to read: Lexus says the specific hue it wanted to create was so complex that it required 40 separate layers. Sounds difficult and expensive to create. So it worked on it until it managed to obtain it with just a seven-layer structure. That’s great progress from a technique point of view, but I’m still missing on what they actually did in those 15 years.

And why in the hell would you spend 15 years to make a special paint? Entire cars need less than that to be designed, built, showcased, and launched. Heck, in 15 years we get two and a half generations of any popular car out there. That’s five models including the facelifts. Maybe Lexus should spend more time on improving some of its design. I can live without the bluest blue out there, but I can’t stand that ugly front grille and headlamps arrangement. Get your damn priorities straight!

References

Acura NSX


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Read our full review on the 2019 Acura Baby NSX.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LS Structural Blue.

PostHeaderIcon Wald Lexus LC 500 Styling Kit Preview

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Behold the magnificence of the soon-to-be-released Wald Lexus LC 500. If you have ordered any other styling kit for your upcoming LC just cancel the order and wait for this, because Wald’s offering is, well, I mean, just look at it. It’s awesome!

Japanese tuner Wald International has a unique touch and their kits, even if they share some of their design cues with other products, always have an x-factory, a little extra something that make them different and instantly recognizable as a Wald kit. With the Wald Lexus LC 500 the designers seem to have gone the extra mile to make sure the car is different to the standard car as a whole different model, and they seem to have pulled it off. Of course, we need to see the finished product before making a judgment, but it looks half as good as this teaser we’d say that’s a job well done.

Wald Lexus LC 500 styling package includes, based on the teaser, a front spoiler lip, new mesh grilles, extremely cool aero pieces on the front bumper, Porsche  RS-style fender vents, dynamic side skirts, and one would assume, an enormous rear diffuser and boot lid wing. Wald also suuplies fancy wheels and exhaust systems, but no power upgrade at this time.

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The Lexus LF-LC originally debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and since then, Lexus debuted the LF-LC Concept 2. Later in 2015, we got our hands on some spy photos of the LF-LC testing under camo in production form. It has been few years of constant teasing, but Lexus has finally unveiled the Lexus LC500 – the production variant of the LF-LC that we’ve been waiting for.

As you can see from a quick look, the LC500 isn’t all that different from the previous LF-LC concepts that we’ve seen. It is still the same low-sitting, dramatically styled coupe that will probably prove to be the best thing to come out of Lexus in a long time. With its unveiling, we’ve learned a lot about the 2+2 coupe that promises to be the future of Lexus, and to be honest, I can’t wait to see it on the street.

Akio Toyoda, a Master Driver and Chief Brand Officer for Lexus, said, “The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally. A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”

Of course, it’s not like you’ll see one at every corner. We’re not aware of pricing yet, but given the dramatic design and the details at hand, the car is sure to be reserved for those of the wealthier population. With that said, let’s take a look at Lexus’ new flagship luxury coupe and all the greatness that is Lexus LC500.

Update 3/20/2017: Lexus has announced pricing for the Lexus LC 500 and LC 500H. Check out our prices section below for all of the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Lexus LF-LC.


PostHeaderIcon Get Ready, The Lexus LC F Is Coming

The Lexus LC is shaping up to be a legitimate contender to the established order of German sports cars, but as well-developed as the LC currently is, it still doesn’t have a range-topping model to call its own. Well, that’s all about to change now that parent company Toyota has officially filed trademarks to the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F.

Granted, trademark filings aren’t automatic signs that a company is going to use the names it’s securing for a soon-to-be-released production model. For all we know, Toyota’s simply protecting the names so that other companies can’t use it. This is different though. The Lexus LC F is a car that’s on it’s way. You can take that to the bank.

Consider this: Lexus wants the LC to become its answer to established sports cars like the Porsche 911. It’s an ambitious goal, but it can be done if the automaker has the horses to make the 911 sweat. Here’s the thing though. The current LC lineup peaks with the LC 500 and its 471-horsepower and 398-pound-feet of torque numbers. Those are good numbers, but not good enough if Lexus hopes to truly compete against a car like the Porsche 911, let alone its two top-dog variants, the 540-horsepower 911 Turbo and the 580-horsepower 911 Turbo S.

A range-topping LC F would help fill that void for Lexus. It’s going to have to develop the heck out of it, but with the options it has at its disposal – don’t sleep on the LC F getting some form of turbos or even hybrid assistance – it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see the LC F packing some serious punch that can knock down a German titan or two.

Remember, these trademarks filings aren’t clear indications of the LC F. But let’s not kid ourselves either. The model is coming and it’s coming for Germany’s finest.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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Lexus has loads of experience in the world of GT3 racing. Most recently, the Japanese manufacturer backed track-prepped derivatives of the SC430 for its homegrown SuperGT series, as well as a GTE-spec variant of the LFA. Lexus’ latest effort is the RC F GT3 racecar, which launched as an integral part of the automaker’s motorsports program going into 2016. Realistically, the RC F has a good deal of development ahead of it before its ready to go for a title shot, but regardless, there’s still a chance we may see another GT3 racer out of Lexus sometime in the future. Why? Simple – there’s a new flagship on the block. It’s called the LC 500, and it’s a sports coupe instilled with Lexus’ sporting intentions front to back, making it a prime candidate for racing glory.

If Lexus does decide to move forward with a competition-ready LC GT3 racer, it’ll probably see action at events like the 24 Hours Nurburgring and benefit from the support of go-faster wizards from Gazoo Racing. But what’ll it look like, both on the outside and under the skin?

We wanted to know, so we penned a rendering and drummed up a little speculation.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Lexus LC GT3.


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So a few days after Lexus announced the debut of the hybrid LC Coupe at the Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese automaker has now released the specs and details of the car. Lexus LC 500h features a new Multi Stage Hybrid System tuned for better responsiveness and performance than conventional hybrids.

The core of Lexus LC 500h’s hybrid powertrain is a 3.5 liter V6 petrol unit and it’s connected to a powerful electric motor fed by lithium-ion battery pack. The system has a combined output of 354 horsepower and is connected to a 4-speed automatic gearbox mounted at the rear. This results in “better acceleration feel” but the actual 0 to 100 km/h time is about 5 seconds which is hardly impressive these days. Just like the normal LC, this car is also rear-wheel-drive.

Although Lexus 500h benefits from many weight saving measures, including aluminium front hood and fenders, aluminium door skins mounted on a carbon fibre structure, a carbon and glass composite boot lid, aluminium front suspension towers, ultra-compact LED headlamps, available forged alloy wheels and carbon fibre roof, it is still on the heavy side. So no, if you are looking for sporty handling and stuff like that, this car is not for you. But if you want luxury, comfort and style, not many cars come close.

Design is really the main strength of Lexus LC, regular or hybrid. This will probably be the only take on the spindle grille people are not going to criticize, because the package on the whole looks so amazing, you just don’t care. The car measures 4,760 mm long, 1,920 mm wide, and 1,345 mm tall, and boasts a wheelbase of 2,870 mm.

Among the main technology features, we can mention Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system with a pedestrian detection function, All-speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist (LKA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp technology.

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It’s been a little more than two months since we entered a new calendar year and Toyota is arguably the busiest automaker out there. On one hand it decided to axe the Scion sub-brand, while on the other hand, it is working on an expansion program for the Lexus division, which received a brand-new member at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It is called the LC 500 — it’s drop dead gorgeous, and sports the RC-F’s naturally aspirated V-8 under the hood. We’ve already speculated about the possibility of getting an LC F and LC 500 Convertible in the coming years, and Lexus has just announced that the luxury coupe will go hybrid.

The first derivative of the LC 500 family will break cover at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and, unsurprisingly, will be sold as the LC 500h. The new vehicle will expand Lexus’ hybrid lineup to seven nameplates, but more importantly, it will become the company’s first two-door with a blue badge on its nose.

The two-door hybrid, which is also based on the LF-LC concept., will debut alongside the LF-FC study, which made its first appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015. The LC 500h will break cover on March 1st, so make sure you stick around for the full rundown and live photos from Geneva. Meanwhile, keep reading to find out what we already know about Lexus’ first hybrid coupe.

Updated 02/18/2016: Lexus dropped the official specifications and a series of new images for its latest LC 500h.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Lexus LC 500h.


PostHeaderIcon Lexus LC F

After more than two years of constant teasing and two concept cars, Lexus has finally unveiled its new 2+2 coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed LC 500, the new coupe is stunning to look at, has a luxurious interior, and comes with a stout, naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant, making it one of the most exciting Lexus products yet. And, despite having two extra seats and missing a V-10 powerplant, the LC 500 is already being considered a successor to the mighty LFA.

While the two have very little in common as far as underpinnings go, I can totally understand why Lexus enthusiasts are comparing it to the LFA. The LC 500 has a strong presence, a low-slung stance, and it blends luxury and sportiness under the same roof. Granted, it’s nowhere near as powerful as the LFA, but what if Lexus is planning to release a more potent version later on? This question prompted us to render an F-badged version of the LC 500.

No, Lexus hasn’t confirmed such a model is underway, but as you may have already noticed, we like to speculate a lot about future products. And, since we’ve nailed quite a few models recently, we decided to go ahead and preview what a high-performance LC F would bring to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Lexus LC F.


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