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    • Should the 2018 Lexus LC500 be taken seriously as a luxury performance coupe? No.

      MotorTrend reviewed the 2018 Lexus LC500 and there are certainly some areas where Lexus deserves praise. For one, they launched a premium coupe with excellent styling inside and out. Additionally, the car maintains 50/50 weight distribution which is something even BMW struggles with these days.


      That is about it though. For the $92,000 starting price the performance does not match up to the MSRP especially in today's market. The naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 under the hood is nice but it is inferior to the 5.0 liter naturally aspirated S85 V10 BMW offered over a decade ago. How is the Lexus supposed to compete with modern twin turbo V8's which dominate the segment? It can't.

      Lexus tossed in their same V8 they have been using forever and did not bother to develop a new engine. Why did they spend all that money on developing the LF-A V10? Why not stick a variant of that motor in the LC and truly make for something special? This same old 2UR-GSE 5.0 liter motor was overmatched since the IS-F days back in 2008. Lexus should learn from Audi who finally ditched their 4.2 FSI V8.

      50/50 weight distribution is nice but the LC500 is heavy. 4300+ pounds hardly makes for a nimble coupe.

      The car runs a 13.2 @ 110 in the 1/4 mile. That is not good enough. That is not enough to match a BMW 650i let alone an M6. It is not good enough to keep up with an E550 coupe. It is not enough to keep up with much of anything today.

      What does MotorTrend think? They think the car feels sluggish. They think the gearing is bad. Gearing is not going to fix the problems with it though.

      The steering feel is said to be dead. The brake feel is bad. What is there to say? This LC500 is a failure as a performance car.

      Lexus can market their 'F' brand as much as they want. They aren't fooling anyone. At least not anyone who actually knows what they are talking about. The LC500 is simply a superficial attempt that is more about style than substance. Back to the drawing board...


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Should the 2018 Lexus LC500 be taken seriously as a luxury performance coupe? No. started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Just what an old fart wants to drive. A car that needs 7000 revs to get full power, in a huge 4,400 lbs package.

        Makes no sense. A big luxury coupe needs effortless torque down low, like the competitors have. Less than 400tq at 7000 rpm, doesn't cut it.

        What were they thinking? Why doesn't Toyota have a new TTV8? They keep recycling this NA V8 powertrain, which is actually quite good. But put the damn thing in a light weight sports car already.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        It does look nice but it also looks like it should weigh 3500 lbs.
        For the money it is a very bad bargain. The IS-F was not competitive back in 2008 but now that you can get one for like $15k it is not a bad car and the NA 5L V8 is very reliable... maybe the same thing will happen to this.
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        I think they nailed the styling of this car though. Looks fantastic.
      1. quattr0's Avatar
        quattr0 -
        Excellent styling @Sticky? I guess to each...I can't stand that front grille!!! From behind looks pretty slick tho lol
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
        Excellent styling @Sticky? I guess to each...I can't stand that front grille!!! From behind looks pretty slick tho lol
        I have always hated the new Lexus grills too, but I like it on this car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
        Excellent styling @Sticky? I guess to each...I can't stand that front grille!!! From behind looks pretty slick tho lol
        I like the styling. It's just a shame they still can't get an entire car right.