Cars One Week With: 2018 Lexus LC 500

17:27  04 july  2017
17:27  04 july  2017 Source:   Automobile

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Let’s start our look at the 2018 Lexus LC 500 with its signature grille, a design that has been the focus of attention for auto pundits since it first appeared on the 2013 GS. “Love the LED taillights, headlight signature and for once, the grille,” says Road Test Editor Eric Weiner.

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Let's start our look at the 2018 Lexus LC 500 with its signature grille, a design that has been the focus of attention for auto pundits since it first appeared on the 2013 GS.

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The 2018 Lexus LC 500 is able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6-seconds with a top speed of 168 mph. This is all attributed to its 471-horsepower 5-liter V-8 engine, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 2018 Lexus LC 500 is able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6-seconds with a top speed of 168 mph. This is all attributed to its 471-horsepower 5-liter V-8 engine, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

"Love the LED taillights, headlight signature and for once, the grille," says Road Test Editor Eric Weiner.

While the spindle grille looks like it's off a '61 Plymouth on Lexus SUVs and sedans (or like it's off a '58 Buick on the new LS), the big, bold, toothy hunk of chrome somehow fits this sport coupe, leading its sinewy, LFA-derived, Coke-bottle shape. The spindle is bent more severely in the middle, of course, because of the LC's low hood.

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In person it really comes across as a beautiful widebody, even with the somewhat abrupt detailing, only just barely changed from the LF- LC concept upon which this production car is based. The 2018 Lexus LC 500 Already Sounds Better Than A BMW.

Lexus recently flew me out to the Big Island of Hawaii to drive the company’s new flagship sports coupe, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 . The LC 500 h hybrid model is powered by an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 that puts out a combined system output of 354 horsepower, with a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.7 seconds.

The interior is a "handsome design that's a notch less futuristic than the exterior," Weiner thinks, though I usually find interior futurism can only go so far before it becomes annoying, especially in a driver's car like a piece of mid-century furniture that looks good, but feels uncomfortable.

While it took me a few drives to warm up to the post-modern-style dash, I found the heavily padded passenger's knee-crash panel cool and distinctive. Lexus applies a heavy, thick bit of lacquer to carbon-fibre interior trim on the passenger side of the dash, virtually obliterating it.

  One Week With: 2018 Lexus LC 500 © Steven Pham This appears to be the only significant application of carbon-fibre in the 4,280-pound coupe, though if our tester had been equipped with the Performance Package (it came with the Convenience Package and the Touring Package), it would have had a carbon-fibre roof panel.

Your Humble Servant found the centre-screen touchpad best to be avoided, while Eric found it "a complete disaster, a nightmare to use. Especially frustrating is the split-screen function, where the outer screen always defaults back to the map even after switching to another page. This is true even when the main part of the screen also is showing."

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– Lexus ’s continuous plot to develop soul-stirring automobiles begins to come together when you start to see the stunning 2018 LC 500 coupe traveling. Out of the ribbons of Spanish asphalt where we first wheeled it in anger, the LC is even much more crazy to behold.

Weiner also criticised the interior for "one small cup holder" (see "1998 Porsche"), though he loves the fit and finish.

"Big swaths of Alcantara in the door cards work well with the real aluminium door handles and trim. Lots of leather, very little plastic. In black the LC has a subtlety to it, while the tan interior we've seen at auto shows really pops, suiting more flamboyant tastes."

  One Week With: 2018 Lexus LC 500 © Steven Pham Those semi-futuristic dashboard controls include a driver-adjustable chassis and throttle. Beside the carbon-fibre roof, what our tester did not have because it did not come with the Performance Package was rear-wheel-steering, a variable-ratio steering rack, deployable rear wing, and Michelin Pilot Super-Sports in place of our car's Bridgestone Turanza run-flats.

It probably didn't need all of that. Even with the run-flats, the LC 500 displayed a nice balance of good ride and handling characteristics.

Our local cloverleaf revealed subtle differences between the driver-selected chassis settings of "Comfort," "Sport" and "Sport+." Even Sport+ provides a nice ride-handling trade-off, as if all the good that's left BMW has seeped into the DNA of Toyota-Lexus' rare sporting models.

One Week With: 2018 Lexus LC 500

  One Week With: 2018 Lexus LC 500 Let’s start our look at the 2018 Lexus LC 500 with its signature grille , a design that has been the focus of attention for auto pundits since it first appeared on the 2013 GS."Love the LED taillights, headlight signature and for once, the grille," says Road Test Editor Eric Weiner.While the spindle grille looks like it's off a '61 Plymouth on Lexus SUVs and sedans (or like it's off a '58 Buick on the new LS), the big, bold, toothy hunk of chrome somehow fits this sport coupe, leading its sinewy, LFA-derived, Coke-bottle shape.

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Each setting provides a bit more compliance at-speed on ramps, which in the case of those like Exit 69, have quickly repaired piecrust expansion strips able to send a go-kart-suspended car skating. Even with its 21-inch wheels, our Lexus LC 500 felt planted, staying on-course as we hit the bumps that seemed to grow like weeds just past the apex of the southbound on-ramp.

2018 Lexus LC 500 front three quarter in motion 01 © Steven Pham 2018 Lexus LC 500 Beginning first with "Comfort" mode, I feel the impending understeer, with "Sport" and "Sport+" tightening it up without feeling crashy over Michigan's infamous roads. The two sport modes also weigh up the steering.

The sport modes make themselves more obvious in the way they hold the 10-speed's lower gears if you don't chose to shift yourself. This becomes most obvious in stop-and-go, 45-mph traffic, especially when starting out in "Eco."

This is one of the few manumatics that has enticed me to use the paddle shifters, which provide crisp, aggressive shifts in "Sport" and "Sport+," though the paddles are attached to the steering wheel, so choose your gear before you turn in.

With 417 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque on tap, the LC's 5.0-litre V-8 gets nice and throaty the higher it revs, and you'll want to grab for as many one- or two-gear downshifts as possible.

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"Good Lord, does the engine sound glorious," Weiner adds.

"Beefy and purposeful at low rpm and positively unchained and alive at higher rpm. The 10-speed is up to the task, always downshifting into the correct gear as I braked hard great brakes into corners. But gears one through seven feel too tall, while eight, nine and 10 are all highway gears with overdrive. I usually just manually shifted with the expensive-feeling magnesium paddles, for the best experience."

  One Week With: 2018 Lexus LC 500 © Steven Pham

So what exactly is the 2018 Lexus LC 500, and should you buy one? Weiner compares it with the Mercedes-AMG GT, though "not as aggressive, twitchy, or up to its performance task, but it's very predictable and easy to drive fast."

AMG GT, might be a bit lofty, though. Perhaps it's closer to the Mercedes-Benz SL's segment, or even the BMW 6 Series Coupe that will soon become the 8 Series. That's not at all a bad thing. Like the Benz and the Bimmer, the LC is a car you can drive fast, comfortably, even if nine out of 10 buyers choose them to look good instead of to feel quick.

2017 Lexus LC 500 Specifications

ON SALENow
PRICEFrom £76,595
ENGINE5.0L DOHC 32-valve V-8/471 hp @ 7,100 rpm, 398 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
TRANSMISSION10-speed automatic
LAYOUT2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe
EPA MILEAGE16/26 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H187.4 x 75.6 x 53.0 in
WHEELBASE113.0 in
WEIGHT4,435 lb
0-60 MPH4.4 sec
TOP SPEED168 mph

Lexus prepares seven-seat Range Rover rival for Tokyo motor show .
Lexus is expected to take a seven-seat, extended version of the RX SUV, badged RX350L and RX450hL, to the Tokyo motor show later this year. Lexus is also looking to broaden its large SUV range with the seven-seat RX350L and RX450hL models. The niche is currently unexplored by Lexus, so these variants on the RX large SUV will provide a rival to the Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLS and upcoming BMW X7. Lexus filed trademarks for these badges earlier this year, and will appear at the show before going on sale in early 2018, according to Japanese car site, Excite.

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