Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a high-performing grand tourer may want to look past the standard European brands, because Lexus recently disrupted the segment with the well-equipped, head-spinning LC 500.

But how does the 2018 Lexus LC 500 compare to a model like the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera? Let’s look at the details below in our one-to-one comparison:


Lexus LC 500

The new LC 500 is built on an all-new rear-wheel drive GA-L platform, the first of many to come for Lexus. Its design optimizes mass and weigh distribution to give the LC a low center of gravity and minimal shifting, while making room for newly designed multi-link suspension.

The 2018 LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine, mated to a 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The LC also comes as a hybrid variant, the LC 500h.

Porsche 911 Carrera

The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 boxer engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and the option for manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds (or 4 seconds with a manual transmission).

The Porsche 911 features a robust lineup, with the highest trim starting at $294,250. Drivers who want a grand tourer that’s fit for everyday use will find a better drive and more entertainment and convenience features in the Lexus LC.

Styling and Tech

Lexus LC 500

The 2018 LC comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, Lexus Enform Apps, Navigation with 10.3-inch LCD screen, Remote Touchpad controls, Drive Mode Select with Sport+ mode, and a 12-speaker audio system. It’s also available with a Mark Levinson premium sound system, Heads-Up Display, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Comfort and convenience features include heated and ventilated front seats, voice command, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a glass roof with sunshade, and leather or semi-aniline leather seating. The Performance Package adds an Alcantara headliner and carbon-fiber door scuff plates, as well as Active Rear Steering, an active rear wing, and Variable Gear-Ration Steering. Accessories include a carbon fiber rear spoiler and lower grille insert.

Porsche 911 Carrera

The 911 Carrera does not come available with Mark Levinson Audio, Enform equivalent, remote touchpad, heads-up display, voice-activated navigation, or a Drive Mode Select equivalent. Additionally, it’s high-res screen is smaller than that of the LC. It does come equipped with Porsche Communication Management with navigation, Sirius XM Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Car Connect Services.

Inside, it features four-way power sport seats, rear bucket seats, fixed rear windows, a sport leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, an Alacantara headliner, leather trim, and a day-night rearview mirror. It does not come with carbon fiber accessories, a glass roof, or the option for semi-aniline leather seating. .


Lexus LC 500

Starting at $92,000 MSRP

Porsche 911 Carrera

Starting at $91,100 MSRP


Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

There’s nothing quite like driving a luxury sports coupe through the hills of Los Angeles, and drivers who want to live the dream can do so today by visiting Longo Lexus.

You may even be surprised to learn that one of our most fun-to-drive models is also one of our least expensive, so there’s no excuse not to come take a 2017 Lexus RC Turbo for a test drive. Check out our full review, then visit us for the full experience:

Performance and Accessories

Under the hood, the 2017 RC Turbo has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 7.3 seconds. According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2017 RC is the most fuel-efficient cars in its class, getting a combined 26 MPG.

The 2017 RC is also available with the F Sport package, which includes specially tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension and Sport S+ drive mode, two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads, a Vehicle Dynamics Management System with Sport mode, turbo-boost gauge, active sound control, and 19-inch split-10-spoke alloy wheels. In Sport mode, a G-force sensor kicks in to choose the best gear for performance, making you feel like a professional behind the wheel.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2017 Lexus RC comes standard with NuLuxe interior trim, dual-zone climate control, a tilting/telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, Lexus Display Audio, premium 10-speaker audio, Bluetooth wireless tech, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models are available with a power moonroof.

Talk to your Longo Lexus rep about the features available in the Premium, Luxury, Navigation, Navigation + Mark Levinson Audio, All Weather, and F Sport packages. Premium interior options include heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather trim, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat and mirrors, heated steering wheel, 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, and a Navigation System with DVD/CD player, multimedia display, and Lexus Enform App Suite.

F Sport accessories also include F Sport seats with enhanced bolsters, perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, LFA-inspired instrumentation, and interior detailing.

Safety and Technology

Each model of the 2017 Lexus RC is equipped with Scout GPS Link navigation, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, LED daytime running lights, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. All models are also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LED foglamps, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.


Starting at $40,155 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC F vs 2017 BMW M4

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC F vs 2017 BMW M4

The sport coupe is the quintessential ride for Los Angeles drivers – sleek, cool, and not practical for everyone. Exclusive without being stuffy, it’s the ultimate status car for those with a taste for modern luxuries.
Now, which one to choose? In the battle between the 2017 Lexus RC F and the 2017 BMW M4, one comes out ahead as the clear winner when looking at performance and tech. Check out our one-to-one comparison to see how these two luxury sport coupes stack up:


Lexus RC F

The RC F represents the most powerful model in the Lexus RC lineup, with F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension and an exclusive TORSEN limited-slip rear differential. It’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque. The RC F will take you from zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds.

The F Sport package adds Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management with Sport mode, a turbo-boost gauge, and two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads and orange or black brake calipers. Additionally, the F Sport features Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.


The 2017 M4 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine with the choice between a 6-spede manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The system makes 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, and gets from zero to 60 a hair faster than the RC F, at 4.1 seconds with manual transmission or 3.9 seconds with automatic.

The M4 features the Active M Differential with Dynamic Stability Control and Adaptive M Suspension with M Dynamic Mode for control and responsiveness. Additionally, it has electric power steering with Servotronic and M Compound 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with Dynamic Brake Control.

Styling and Features

Lexus RC F

The F Sport package includes the F SPORT front fascia with exterior badging, F SPORT seats with enhanced bolsters, LFA-inspired instrumentation, perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, stainless steel door sills, heated steering wheel, and active sound control. Additionally, it adds interior details, such as a black headliner, Silver Performance trim, and aluminum sport pedals, as well as a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated and ventilated front seats, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.


The 2017 M4 has 18-inch light alloy wheels, shadowline exterior trim, aluminum hood with powerdome, carbon-fiber reinforced roof, M sport seats with lumbar support and side bolsters, Anthracite Carbon Structure Cloth, and M-style door sill finishers, footrest, gear shift lever, and design accents. The M4 also comes with heated seats, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rearview camera.


Lexus RC F

Starting at $64,164 MSRP


Starting at $66,200 MSRP

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:


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.


Starting at $92,000 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus RC-F

Los Angeles Review of the 2017 Lexus RC-F

If you’re shopping for a ride that can go from casually cruising the streets of Los Angeles to demolishing the competition on the race track, look no further than the RC-F.

This luxury performance coupe is so much more than great design, as the 2017 Lexus RC-F was made for driving. But there are many more reasons to love it, so check out our full review:


Under the hood, the RC-F is packing a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horses of power and 389 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission – a powertrain that allows it to go from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The transmission has paddle shifters for manual control, and an automatic mode for intelligent response. Designed from the pavement up, the RC-F also has available Torque Vectoring Differential (a first for Lexus) to give you more control, as well as Brembo brakes and available carbon fiber components when you choose the Performance Package. New this year, the RC-F also features F-Adaptive Variable Suspension with 30 levels of damping for precision response and control.


Standard features on the RC-F include a gauge cluster with multi-information display, Lexus Enform Service Connect, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, traffic and weather, SmartAccess key fob, Scout GPS Link navigation, HomeLink universal transmitter, and a 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System. Optional features include Lexus Enform Destinations, Enform App Suite, Mark Levinson Premium Sound, Remote Touchpad intuitive controls, heated and ventilated seats, and voice command with enhanced Bluetooth technology.


Designers took the essence of a racing coupe and made it distinctly Lexus, with a low-set spindle grille, signature F badging, LED headlights, an assertive hood vent, quad exhaust, and front cooling ducts. The 2017 RC-F also features an optional speed-activated rear wing, which responds to acceleration above 50 MPH to increase aerodynamics while keeping the coupe grounded. When not in use, the rear wing retreats into the trunk lid.

Inside, the RC-F has high-back sport seats, set low to the ground and providing support and comfort even at high speeds. It also has standard ambient lighting, illuminated door handles, aluminum pedals, a sport steering wheel, NuLuxe faux-leather seating, and personalized settings for comfort and convenience.


The 2017 Lexus RC-F earned perfect scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, making it a Top Safety Pick+ this year – something not many other performance cars can boast. Each model was built with a rigid body structure with crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management with Sport Mode for skid prevention, anti-lock brakes, backup camera with gridlines, Smart Stop technology, and eight airbags throughout the cabin. Optional safety features include windshield wiper deicer, dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision automatic braking system, rain-sensing wipers, and headlight washers.


Starting at $64,165 MSRP.