Well it certainly looks distinct. The LC500 is a strong example of Lexus’ new design language — it looks kind of bolted to the floor, poured onto the road. I like the look. It’s striking. That grille that everybody’s whining about doesn’t bother me. I think the proportions and the shape are cool. A crowd of neighbors who were in the demographic for one of these loved it. I was a little surprised it didn’t get more reactions from the general public during the week I had it, but everyone who commented liked it. This is exciting design!
Lexus says the LC500 is a “world-class prestige luxury coupe and a new era of uncompromising design and performance.” I agree, at least about those first two items. It’s also $92,000 worth of world-class prestige just to start. So get ready to pay for it.
It sits on an all-new platform, too, which adds to the excitement: the front-engine, rear-drive GA-L Global Architecture – Luxury, which will also underpin the next Lexus LS. This version of GA-L uses a mix of steel, aluminum, some carbon fiber composite and a whole lot of suede, yet tips the scales at 4,280 pounds, according to the spec sheet. I would have thought it would weigh less, considering all those lightweight materials. Overcoming that mass is a powerful 471-hp 5.0-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic driving those rear wheels to take the whole rig from zero to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. Its sister ship, which I did not drive, is the LC500h, a hybrid version making 354 total system horsepower, 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and stickering at $96,510.