After over five years of waiting, Toyota has finally taken the LF-LC concept to production. If you remember, Toyota debuted the LF-LC concept at the Detroit Auto show in 2012. The automaker has now discarded the LF prefix and added a “500” suffix to its name hence the new name, 2018 Lexus LC 500. The model signifies a huge shift in Lexus positioning as one of the world-class performance and luxury automakers. From the first glance at the model, you will agree that it is up there with the likes of Jaguar, Mercedes and BMW. Lexus is no longer in a chase to perfection, now; it is up there with the other perfectionists. The model is not boring in any way. What I love most about the new Lexus LC 500 is that it has transitioned from a concept to a real production model largely intact unlike many concepts. Read along to find out more:
2018 Lexus LC 500 Exterior
Toyota designers must be given credit for taking the LC 500 to production looking as stylish as the LF-LC concept. It is rare to see a production model that looks as good as its concept. At the front, it retains the signature Lexus grille that comes with a 3-D mesh. The headlights mimic those of the LF-LC concept. The vehicle also features vertical-shaped LED DRLs. It also features small air vents that improve its aerodynamics. Its hood is sporty and muscular, an indication of the beast that lies inside. The front face is designed in a way that the hood sits low and latches below the top part of the headlights with a minimal overhang.
On the sides, the model features fenders that stretch high onto the body touching its A-pillars. The flanks also feature a mild character line that starts at the side of the door and runs to the rear, slightly touching the top part of the rear wheel arches. Its side skirts look muscular and are molded higher on the rear in a way to create an air dam that channels cooling air to the rear brakes.
Its roofline slopes dramatically to touch its prominent trunklid. Below the deck-lid are stylish L-shaped taillights. The rear bodylines mimic the grille. The rear also features twin, dual exhaust outlets with rectangular chrome surround.
2018 Lexus LC 500 Interior
The cabin is quite stunning; the most interesting information is that the cabin is devoid of any accenting. Leather and Alcantara are the standard upholstery materials. These materials are also used unsparingly on the dash, center console and on the steering wheel. Simply, Toyota has employed the Takumi craftsmanship with a stunning result.
The instrument cluster is rather simple and features a single gauge for the tachometer. It is flanked by a digital display of oil temperature on the left while on the right a representation of the engine coolant temperature. The digital speed representation is cleverly slotted in the middle of the tachometer.
The driver sits close to the ground to get as much feedback as possible from the ar. The automaker also features a sport shifter on the center console.
The car has a 2+2 seating arrangement that offers rear passengers sufficient headroom and hip room; however, tall passengers will still find the rear a bit tight.
Lack of accenting has enabled the automaker to get creative with the cabin design. The cabin looks as if it was constructed piece by piece.
Engine specs and performance
Under the hood is where Lexus has made the coupe quite interesting. Raising the hood reveals a 5.0 L, V-8 mill that is adopted from the RC-F. The naturally aspirated engine churns out 471 horses and 398 lb-ft of torque. The power is delivered to the rear axle via a new, 10-speed automatic transmission system. The system further features an electronic control system that anticipates a driver’s move, which helps the transmission to shift fast just like the dual-clutch transmission that many people prefer. With this power, the LC500 coupe hits 60 mph from standstill in only 4.5 seconds. Toyota is yet to release the model’s top speed.
In addition, the system is integrated with a dual intake inlet which helps the engine operate efficiently as well as produce a stunning sound. It also features an active exhaust system.
Price and release date
The 2018 Lexus LC 500 will be released to dealerships starting May next year. Toyota is yet to confirm the official prices of the model. However, rumor has it that the Lexus LC500 will have a starting price of around $90,000. The rumors also intimate that its sister, the greener LC500h will have a premium of around $10,000 over the LC500.
Lexus hopes the model will be well received in the market. The coupe will compete against the likes of Maserati GranTurismo, Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe, BMW 650i, Porsche 911, Infiniti Q60 as well as the Jaguar F-Type.