There’s been a whole lot of debate among the many Roadshow employees about the place the 2018 Lexus LC 500 suits into the automotive world. Total efficiency is darn good, with a superb V8 churning away beneath the hood and glorious cornering skills, however a curb weight of Four,300 kilos means it is not a full-fledged sports activities automotive. The two+2 coupe format provides some practicality, however a decent backseat, small 5.Four cubic-feet trunk and agency journey manners signifies that it is not a purebred Grand Tourer, both.
As soon as behind the wheel, I do not enable myself to get too caught up in determining which automotive group the LC suits into, particularly given the chance to flog it round GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Mich. Down straights, the naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine belts out stunning noises because it spins towards its 7,100-rpm redline, with satisfying energy as well. The engine is similar naturally aspirated V8 I really like a lot within the GS F, and right here it makes 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.
Are these output figures something to write down residence about in at present’s efficiency panorama? Not likely. 500-horsepower monsters are the norm these days, and but, I extremely doubt many individuals will get out of an LC 500 and say it wants extra energy. Would extra be good? Properly, after all, however maybe that’ll are available a future LC F.
A near-Four,300-pound curb weight maintain it from being a sports activities automotive, whereas tight backseats and trunk imply its not a GT.
Working with the 5.Zero-liter is a brand new 10-speed computerized transmission, which some will see as one other issue protecting the LC from qualifying as a pure sports activities automotive. However earlier than writing off the torque-converter gearbox, I recommend giving it an opportunity, as a result of round GingerMan, handbook shift response utilizing the paddles proves practically rapid. No, it is not fairly dual-clutch fast, however it’s nonetheless good for a Zero-60 mph time of Four.Four seconds.
By way of the corners of this highway course, the LC’s super-stiff platform impresses, as does its suspension. Ripping by way of the monitor’s quick right-left transition between Flip eight and Flip 9 is finished in full confidence, and physique roll is nearly nonexistent.
Preliminary turn-in is sharp on the 21-inch Michelin Pilot Tremendous Sport efficiency tires, whereas excessive grip ranges make simple work of medium- and high-speed corners thanks in no small half to the non-compulsory rear steering and limited-slip differential. Steering really feel itself is weighty and provides a lot of suggestions by way of the wheel, a welcome trait that is lastly changing into extra widespread in Lexus’ newest automobiles.
The 5.Zero-liter V8 makes fantastic sounds and 471 horsepower.
It is not till a decent hairpin flip that the LC’s portlier curb weight can not be masked by its platform, steering and non-compulsory go-faster components. The aluminum-bodied LC understeers right here, however in all different areas on the monitor, the coupe is a powerful performer. Excessive-speed stability, habits beneath braking and driver engagement is all superb.
Road succesful, too
The LC additionally occurs to be a shocking head tuner with on the spot avenue cred. A low and broad stance, menacing spindle grille, lengthy hood, modern profile and aggressive gentle therapies remind me an terrible lot of the dearly departed LFA supercar, albeit at a fraction of the worth. If you need a automotive that’ll mix in with the group, this Lexus is not for you. The LC garners a whole lot of consideration in neighborhoods, parking tons and at gasoline stations.
LFA inspiration continues inside, as evidenced by the LC’s sprint format, in addition to its beneficiant slathering of sentimental leather-based, carbon fiber and Alcantara trim. Entrance seats are supremely snug, with assist in all the suitable locations, whereas the there’s sufficient facet bolstering to carry occupants tight on a racetrack. The cabin actually is a pleasant place to be, with its distinctive construct high quality, supplies and first rate house for people in entrance.
Inspiration from the LFA supercar is obvious contained in the cabin.
These in search of a backseat able to carrying adults possible will see the LC fall off their buying lists. The aforementioned tight rear quarters are finest left for transporting small kiddos, or shuttling round adults that you simply actually don’t love. Ingress and egress to the again additionally requires contortionist-like flexibility.