Lexus's ongoing story to create soul-stirring vehicles appears to be collaborating when you first see the spectacular 2018 LC500 sports car on the road. Far from the bows of Spanish asphalt where we first rolled it in anger, the LC is much more outrageous to lay eyes on. Just know that while the auto is IMAX-grade automobile cinema, the manufacturers have yet to cast the right engine with a symmetrical amount of ahead thrust-- although one is coming.
The gaping pin grille that offers this auto the face of an electrical razor does not prevent its curbside magnetism as a snarling, V-8-- powered sexpot. The LC is additionally very accommodating, with a superb interior, an excellent driving position, and also a nose that still will get rid of car parking blocks.
However while it's extremely inflexible, the steel chassis underpinning a body created primarily from aluminum and composite panels is onerously hefty: At 4378 pounds, our test car evaluated greater than a three-row Honda Pilot SUV. The Performance plan on our instance rather responded to the excessive weight by changing the basic glass roofing with a carbon-fiber weave. Amounting to $10,000, the Performance bundle additionally packages the Convenience bundle ($1000), significant 21-inch forged-aluminum wheels with run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires ($2650; 245/40RF -21 in front as well as 275/35RF -21 out back), a limited-slip differential ($390), active guiding on the front axle, rear-wheel steering, body-hugging sport seats, and great deals of natural leather and microsuede.
While the rear steering made our examination automobile feel somewhat withdrawn at the limit, this sleek wedge could play either a mellow grand tourer or a hunkered-down sporting activities coupe, depending on which of the six driving settings you've picked (Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport, and also Sport+). A basic feeling of understeer reminds you not to push also hard, yet the LC constantly really feels crisp and also positioned, many thanks partly to its flexible dampers. Even in the firmest setting, the LC takes in pockmarked sidewalk while maintaining the body degree in corners. And the electrically assisted helm is superquick as well as specific, transferring a pleasing amount of road structure from the front contact spots. Versus the standard rack's 13.0:1 ratio, the energetic configuration could unwind as much as 13.6:1 or quicken to a sharp 9.8:1.
The driving modes additionally adjust the volume of the 471-hp 5.0-liter V-8's gripping soundtrack-- up to 88 decibels at full whack in Normal mode-- along with how much breeze accompanies the 10-speed automatic's wisely managed shifts, whether performed by the transmission's digital brain or by means of the satisfyingly hefty magnesium paddles on the guiding wheel. Sport mode was our favored setup for its equilibrium of refinement, sound, and heightened responsiveness. However, succeeding drives in a conventional design, on 20-inch wheels and also without the energetic- and also rear-steering equipment, disclose the base configuration to be also much better fit to the LC's overall disposition. In addition to having a somewhat much more compliant flight, the conventional vehicle's slower guiding and also absence of back guiding offer it a calmer, much more all-natural handling equilibrium without reducing its responsive road feeling.
Despite the LC's visual and acoustic dramatization, our examination auto's lateral grasp (0.93 g) and 156-foot stop from 70 miles per hour are average at this cost factor. And its 13.0-second quarter-mile pass at 112 miles per hour is substantially off the pace of other premium luxury sports cars, such as a comparably valued Jaguar F-type or two-door Mercedes-Benz S-class, as well as the lower Lexus RC F. We cruised at a strong 29 mpg on our 200-mile highway loophole-- 3 mpg more than the LC500's EPA highway estimate-- yet averaged only 17 mpg in our everyday use.
Slipping behind the wheel of the LC also means dealing with the demands of Lexus's Enform infotainment system and also its awkward Remote Touchpad controller. Improvements for many years have seen it acquire a number of secondary switches for food selection shortcuts, but it stays one of one of the most distracting systems on the marketplace, suggesting that you could miss out on the stares from adoring onlookers while you screw up to change the radio station.
The LC500's high-five-figure admission cost ($92,975; the LC500h hybrid is $4510 even more) matches its unique appearances, with a lot of our examination cars and truck's $12,120 in choices worth the upcharge. Together with typical computerized emergency braking, flexible cruise control, automated high-beams, and also lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, our example also showcased a $900 color head-up display screen and also a $1220 Mark Levinson premium stereo with 13 audio speakers.
But the LC500 ultimately stumbles on the red carpet when spoken with. Were they our box-office bucks, we may hold out for the higher-powered follow up, the twin-turbo 600-hp LC F that we expect Lexus to premiere later this year.