Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

Los Angeles is no place for wallflowers, so in that regard, the all-new 2018 Lexus LC 500 fits right in. Built on an entirely new platform and with seamless, futuristic styling, this luxury coupe is unlike anything you’ve ever seen – except maybe in your dreams.

From the expertly crafted mechanics right down to its comfort and convenience features, the LC 500 is California chic – and quickly becoming a favorite. Read our full review, then come take one for a test drive:

Performance

From the outside, the 2018 LC 500 is a work of art, but under the hood, it’s a pure performance machine. It’s equipped with one of the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated engines, a 5.0-liter V8 that makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque – taking you from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. (Ask your Longo Lexus representative about the LC 500h, a powerful hybrid that goes from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds.)

The LC 500’s Active Sport Exhaust gives off a roar that lets everyone on the road know it’s coming, while an all-new 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters transitions between gears in 0.12 seconds, giving you smooth, optimal performance even around corners. Additionally, it has a double-joint multilink suspension system and next-generation adaptive variable suspension, with available speed-activated rear wing, TORSEN Limited-Slip Rear Differential, Active Rear Steering, and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.

Styling and Interior

Modeled after the Lexus LF-LC concept car, the LC 500 is as modern as they come while maintaining the classic grand tourer vibe with an elongated, beautifully curved hood, rear sloping hood, and tapered, aerodynamic rear end.

Inside, it features standard leather seating – with the choice between Black, Toasted Caramel, Rioja Red, or Bespoke White – and heated and ventilated front seats. For your comfort, it also has standard dual-zone climate control with Climate Concierge, rain-sensing wipers, electrochromatic interior and exterior mirrors, and a glass roof with sunshade. You can also opt for a heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel, semi-aniline leather-trimmed front seats, Alcantara headliner and seating inserts, carbon fiber roof, and 21-inch Gloss Black wheels.

Features and Tech

The LC 500 comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance tech that includes a Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. It also comes with a backup camera and Lexus Navigation System with 10.3-inch color LCD screen.

For your entertainment, the LC 500 is equipped with a standard Lexus 12-speaker Premium Audio System, Lexus Enform App Suite, Remote Touchpad controls, voice command, and Bluetooth technology. It also comes with the option for a 13-speaker Mark Levinson 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio System, Heads-Up Display, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Pricing

Starting at $92,000 MSRP

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 BMW 6 Series

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Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 BMW 6 Series

Lexus never settles for “good enough,” so you can expect every new model from the automaker to not only best its predecessors, but the competition as well. Case in point: the 2018 LC 500, a luxury coupe with cutting edge design and performance that’s hard to beat.

Los Angeles drivers who want to know how this new Lexus model stacks up against the BMW 650i should check out our full one-to-one comparison:

Performance

Lexus LC 500

The all-new LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to a class-leading 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes an impressive 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque for the ultimate in acceleration and control. In fact, this luxury coupe takes you from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. (Those of you looking for fuel efficiency will be happy to know that the 2018 LC also comes in a hybrid model – the 500h – that makes 354 horsepower and has a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds.)

BMW 650i

Under the hood, the 2017 BMW 650i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It accelerates to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds. While the BMW 6 Series does not include a hybrid model, the 640i gets up to 29 MPG, but sacrifices a good amount of horsepower.

Features

Lexus LC 500

The 2018 LC 500 comes standard with a Pioneer audio system with high-mounted widescreen display, as well as a suite of active safety technology, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, and Lane-Keeping Assist. It also features a fixed glass panel roof, LED headlamps, magnesium paddle shifters, and a 12-speaker audio system. Available styling features include a carbon-fiber roof panel, semi-aniline leather or Alcantara trim, and speed-activated rear spoiler, all available with the Performance Package.

Drivers may also opt for the Convenience Package, which includes Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The Touring Package includes leather-trimmed front seats, Alcantara headliner, and Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System. Additionally, the LC 500 comes available with a Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential and Color Heads-Up Display.

BMW 650i

The 2017 650i has standard infotainment with navigation and 10.2-inch display, iDrive controller, dynamic cruise control, and rearview camera. It also features leather and wood accents, xenon headlamps, Nappa leather seating, 20-way power adjustable front seats, and 12-speaker audio system.
Drivers have the option to add the Executive Package, which includes ventilated front seating, soft-close doors, and Heads-Up Display. There’s also available Bang & Olufsen sound system, Adaptive Drive, high-gloss black exterior accents, and bi-color 20-inch alloy wheels.

Pricing

Lexus LC 500

Starting at $92,000 MSRP

BMW 650i

Starting at $89,000 MSRP