The LC 500 Coupe 2018, the latest luxury sports car from Lexus, is gorgeous to behold, both inside and out. Before we really get into the dirty details of performance and engine, let us first admire how it looks.
The design – Lexus LC 500 Coupe 2018
On the outside, it is a diva. It’s sleek, classy, and exudes power. It is the kind of car you can drive for years and it will always be in style.
The interior is extremely plush and upscale, and the space is pretty good. There are four sturdy, spacious front row seats, with barely there space for the second row. The cargo hold, however, is really low. The seats are all lather, with 10 power eating arrangements to choose from.
The seats are comfortable enough that you would seated firmly in your position even when you are driving at top speed. You can opt for the sports seat cradle that will hold you even more securely to your spot, but it might be a little too snug for some occupants.
That is all true for the font seats only though; the back seats can squeeze in average sized adults, but if you are bigger or taller, fitting into them would be impossible. It is all very visually aesthetic as well, with the leather overtones accented with a hint of metal here and there.
The standard upholstery is all leather, but you can upgrade them to Alcantra suede accents or completely overhaul the design with semi-aniline leather if you wish.
Technical inputs – Lexus LC 500 Coupe 2018
Technologically speaking, the Lexus LC500 is packed with features. A digital instrument display keeps you updated at all times about the car’s vital systems, which is a highly useful device, and the car also comes packed with all standard accessories like Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation, and HD radio.
The infotainment system is housed in a wide touchscreen that holds pride of place in the centre of the dashboard, and by dig out some more cash, you can upgrade the system by adding surround sound music system and full color heads up display.
You can of course connect the car with your smartphone via the Enform, through which you can access apps like Yelp, Facebook, Pandora and the like. It is a bit of a disappointment, though, that you cannot control your smartphone with the LC, which one would expect based on the smartphone integration feature, but you can control various functions of the LC with the smartphone using the Lexus Enform Remote app.
Yet another downside is that the touchscreen is not fully functional, so most of the functions have to be typed manually using a screen keypad. That makes the touchscreen rather difficult to use, but that can be overcome by using the manual controls for climate and volume control.
Driving experience – Lexus LC 500 Coupe 2018
It is bulky, sure, at 4078 pounds, but that does not take away from the driving experience. You will, in fact, be surprised at how and light the driving experience is.
The drive is powerful, and the car adjusts to potholes and hairpin bends equally easily. You can select from the six driving modes the car comes with: Sport, Sport Plus, Normal, Comfort, Eco, and Custom. The adjustable dampers in the car makes the experience super smooth at all times, although you are reminded at times- by the hint of an understeer- not to push the car too much.
The different driving modes are what set the car apart from the others; you can use it as a family car for long drives, or you can play the race car driver. You do get a pretty good feel of the roads, which is an added bonus, thanks to the extremely quick and precision loving electrically assisted helm.
The engine – Lexus LC 500 Coupe 2018
The Lexus LC 500 comes with a 5 liter, 8 cylinder engine that runs on 478 horsepower. The 10 speed automatic transmission is a first for a Lexus car. The LC goes from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, and the power transmission is immediate.
Speed and transmission changes immediately, making it a great car to drive fast in a narrow lane. Besides, it is not completely automatic; there are addle shifters and manual controls that will allow you to be in more control of the car, adding to the great driving experience.
The price – Lexus LC 500 Coupe 2018
The Lexus 500 sure is expensive, but that is expected since it is being touted as a luxury car. You can choose, however, between the optional performance packs- the base price is $92,000, and it goes up to $104,000. The Performance package includes the Convenience package worth $1000, the run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and the front axle active and rear wheel steering, comfortable sports seats, and a limited time differential.
The Lexus LC500 is priced on the pricier side. The standard base model comes at $92,000, and you would have to shell out $96,500 for a hybrid version, the LC500h.
Should you buy it?
Overall the Lexus LC500 is a good car. It is everything you would look for in a luxury car, be it in terms of elegance luxury, comfort, or performance. The engine comes with 500 horsepower, which is pretty standard in a luxury car. There are a few cons, of course, but that does not take away from its appeal.
For instance, the infotainment controls are not very good; you would need to meddle a lot, and it is easy to get confused. And the cargo space is rather small for a pretty spacious car; if you are planning a big trip, you would have to pack quite light.
All said and done, however, it is one of the best buys you can make at this price. The infotainment system can be learned, albeit with some difficulty, and the small cargo space is more or less small as a rule in luxury sports cars.
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