The 2018 Lexus LC 500 is being called the most beautiful Lexus ever made, and we definitely agree. Lexus considers many sports cars out there to be competitors of the LC, but we consider it to be the a perfect grand tourer that will demonstrate sports car characteristics when asked.
Some of the rivals mentioned by Lexus include the BMW 6-Series (which is not sold here anymore), Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. While the Lexus LC500 may not outperform some of the aforementioned cars, it has everything you demand from a grand tourer sports car including a fantastic sounding naturally aspirated V8 engine, an extremely beautiful exterior, and an interior that’s easily worthy of its $100k-plus price tag.
So let’s take a closer look at this outstanding sports car from Lexus, and learn about some of the interesting facts and details.
2018 Lexus LC500 Exterior
The Lexus LC is based on the LF-LC design study and remains pretty true to the concept. There are some really interesting design aspects to the LC, like the large glass panel roof, and while you can open the roof screen on the inside, an actual sunroof is not an option on the LC. If you’re so inclined, you can replace the glass roof with the optional carbon fiber roof for a sportier look. Another cool design aspect is the blacked-out rear pillars that create a floating roof appearance. However, our favorite rear design element is the rear LED taillights which use mirrors to create a three-dimensional sequence of L-shaped graphics. Also pictured here are the 21-inch five-spoke polished wheels with gloss black accents.
Yes, that controversial spindle grille is prominent on the new Lexus LC500, and we think it looks outstanding on the LC. Now, besides the massive spindle grille, another standout feature on the front end of the Lexus LC500 are the daytime running headlights. While they might not sound terribly exciting, if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that the daytime running lamps run from the grille all the way into the inside of the entire lighting assembly. It’s a really cool design element, and it’s this kind of tiny attention to detail by Lexus that made us appreciate the LC even more.
2018 Lexus LC500 Interior
There is no doubt that Lexus makes some of the best quality-built interiors on the market., and in our opinion, the 2018 Lexus LC has the best interior Lexus has ever constructed. Every button, switch, and knob on the Lexus LC is of extremely high-quality and is wrapped in a rich metallic trim. Also, everything you see, every panel, every handle, is wrapped top-quality leather. This is really the best interior we’ve experienced this year
Tech wise, the 2018 Lexus LC500 comes packed with a range standard features. Those include a 10.3-inch touchscreen display with navigation, Lexus Enform infotainment system, the next-gen Lexus remote touchpad that controls basically everything in the car, a 12-speaker sound system, LFA-inspired instrumentation cluster, Bluetooth with audio streaming, USB ports, heated and cooled front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a range of driver assist technologies that we’ll discuss later.
Optionally, you can add a $1,000 Convenience Package, a $250 All-Weather Package that adds on heated steering, a $1,790 Touring Package that adds an upgraded Mark Levinson sound system and perforated leather seats, a $900 color heads-up display, and few others. Unfortunately, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is not available. Those are coming to all Lexus models soon, and are currently available only on the 2019 Lexus ES. As spec’d here, the final price tag on my test model comes in at $101,515*.
2018 Lexus LC500 Performance
The 2018 Lexus LC500 is powered by a 471-hp 5.0L V8 engine and is mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph comes in 4.4 seconds, and top speed is 168 mph. There have been many comparisons made between the Lexus LC, the Porsche 911, and a host of other legendary sports cars — and you’re probably wondering if those comparisons hold up.
Now, while the Lexus LC500 is outstanding in terms of performance, we believe that it sits a tad bit below sports cars like the 911. While the handling of the Lexus LC500 is precise and acceleration is very quick (when you’re in Sport+ Mode), there is that certain sports car ‘roughness’ that you feel in cars like the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type that the LC doesn’t have. And that’s not a bad thing at all.
To us, the Lexus LC500 competes better with the BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. It is a great grand tourer that dances the line of a being a brute sports car when needed. The LC offers an extremely smooth and comfortable ride when you’re in Normal or Comfort Mode, but when you feel the need for speed, you can pop into Sport or Sport+ you do get that extra needed boost and firmness. So would we pick the Lexus LC500 over the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, and the BMW 6-Series? Absolutely. This baby has become one of our favorite cars of 2018, and it’s going to take a lot to change that. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the the exhaust note is amazing.
For those worried about fuel economy, the LC 500 averages an EPA-rated 16/26 mpg* (city/highway).
2018 Lexus LC500 Safety
Of course, since the Lexus LC500 carries a hefty price tag, a lot of the driver assist technologies come standard including a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, and much more.
2018 Lexus LC500 Overall
After spending time with the 2018 Lexus LC500, we feel very confident that we will see even more exciting vehicles from Lexus going forward and we may not have to wait for that excitement too long. Reports suggest that there is a Lexus LC F in the works that will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 making 620-hp. Prices for the Lexus LC 500 start at $92,200**. Visit your local AutoNation Lexus dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.