Currently attended the Lexus Performance Driving School at Laguna Seca, my transportation to, from, and at some stage in which become an appealing Lexus LC500. The first-class by myself time with the LC strengthened and confirmed all of the motives we named this grand tourer an Automobile All-Star final yr.
The example I drove changed into slathered in tasteful Smoky Granite Mica gray paint, and it hunkered down over large 21-inch wheels—the ones being a $2,650 option. Don’t allow the seductive look of this coupe lie to you into thinking it’s all show and no cross, however, as strapped below the hood is a V-eight engine with 471 horsepower and the capability to slingshot the LC from zero to 60 mph in 4.Four seconds. If the LC500’s $100K charge tag shocks you, I advocate you get at the back of the wheel of one to experience it’s lithe coping with, delicate manners, and absurdly lovely indoors—the price makes an experience. In case you’re nevertheless unmoved, here are seven extra motives to realize this beauty.
Its Driver-Focused Cabin
The driving force in the middle of interest within the LC500, with the instrument cluster, middle stack, and center console all tailored to beautify the riding enjoy. And it’s the drive you recognition on, because the console format is straightforward and no longer overloaded with buttons, and the gauges all clean to decipher at a glance. Unique stylistic touches just like the manage knobs on the tool shroud, the frameless door pulls, and the sweeping lines at the door panels positioned this Lexus in a league of its own.
Speed-Activated Rear Wing
At speeds beneath 50 mph the rear wing doesn’t show itself an awful lot, however when you stomp at the throttle, the wing extends to increase downforce. That improves the car’s stability and complements dealing with at better speeds. The wing retracts again while your pace drops below 25 mph.
The Naturally Aspirated V-eight Engine
As editor-in-chief Mike Floyd places it, the LC’s 8-cylinder may not destroy your neck while you punch the gasoline pedal—it is lots punchy, however—but there aren’t many automakers that provide models with non-pressured-induction V-8s nowadays, and that’s what makes it unique.
The stance and proportions of this grand tourer are flawlessly calibrated to draw eyeballs. The stance especially, as noted through Automobile design editor Robert Cumberford, “is rather better through the diffused shaping of the lowest of the frame.”
Mark Levinson Audio System
Included inside the Touring bundle, the 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio machine offers a constancy of sound uncommon in a car—as a minimum the ones we’ve heard currently—and its readability at even high quantity is positive to deliver out the quality in your favorite track.
Trunk Opener Button
Yes, something this simple makes the car feel extra special. After plenty of exposure to the LC500, I idea I knew everything about the auto—till I couldn’t determine out the way to open the trunk from the out of doors. Then I observed the elusive button is embedded within the right taillight, all of the higher to keep the clean appearance of its rear gives up.
Whenever I had the hazard—romping down an on-ramp, sprinting among stoplights, sitting still in a parking spot—I laid into the fuel just to hear the exhaust at the complete throat. It has an aggressive, menacing part even just off idle, but at the huge-open throttle, it definitely sounds triumphant.