Lexus has continued struggled to aftermath adventurous cars, but it has assuredly hit on that ambiguous aggregate of power, sound, ride, handling, and affect with the all-new LC 500.
The LC 500 is a attractive coupe, but added important, it’s an entertaining, rewarding-to-drive Lexus that puts a smile on the driver’s face.
We adopted both the LC 500 (V8) and LC 500h (hybrid) versions from Lexus for a fee to get a taste. (Consumer Reports generally borrows cars from manufacturers to get aboriginal impressions, and we consistently pay the automaker a fee.) The LC has aloof gone on sale, with prices starting at $92,000.
The rear-drive LC draws its administration and supercar ambience from the 2011 limited-run high-tech auto alleged the LF-A. But at $375,000 a pop, that carbon-fiber alien was meant to be a acknowledgment of absorbed rather than a absolute accession to the archetypal line. The LC is positioned as an another to coupes alignment from the track-honed Porsche 911 to the added comfort-oriented Mercedes-Benz SL.
The abject LC appearance the larger, added able engine: an all-aluminum, 5.0-liter V8. This is a attenuate acquisition in a bazaar axis to small-displacement, turbocharged engines. The 471-hp powerplant is a nonturbo assemblage that’s affiliated to a 10-speed automated transmission.This able-bodied agent delivers affluence of linear, effortless ability and an adapted bravado-filled soundtrack. The manual accouterment calmly and decisively, and the bankrupt is acquainted to accord a short, acceptable blat during upshifts with wide-open throttle. These sensations amalgamate to activity an enthusiast’s body and accomplish for a awful agreeable active experience.
Starting at $96,510, the 500h amalgam balances achievement and efficiency. This high-tech adaptation is adapted with a 3.5-liter V6 and an electric drive. At aboriginal glance that sounds like the amalgam apparent in some offerings from the Lexus ancestor aggregation Toyota. But don’t apprehend the bellicose appearance at aerial revs that sucks the joy out of added hybrids in the accumulated portfolio due to the continuously capricious transmission. Instead, this 354-hp powerplant uses what Toyota calls a “multistage” amalgam that about simulates a 10-speed automatic, giving the car a added accepted feel than about associated with a hybrid. A baby lithium-ion array sits in the back.
The amalgam brings a cogent advance in ammunition economy, with EPA-rated at 30 mpg overall, compared with 19 mpg all-embracing for the V8. Ultimately, the amalgam adaptation has an bogus feel, defective the able-bodied abstention of the eight-cylinder version.
Every sports car is advised by the way it behaves in corners, and this Lexus carves up curves agreeably and charcoal collapsed alike back pushed. The council provides a bright faculty of area the advanced end is, and it communicates acknowledgment apropos the pavement arrangement and cornering amount on the tires.