2018 Lexus LC 500 Reviewed: More Than Just A Pretty Face?

Lexus has gone through a transformation, from being the subdued alternative to the likes of BMW or Mercedes to a brand with bold styling, and this has paid dividends in its sales.

By now, we’ve got accustomed to its new styling and the spindle grille that features in all new products, such as the IS and GS, but the one that started this revolution has just been released.

Four years after stealing the show at the 2012 NAIAS in the form of the LF-LC concept, Lexus has finally rolled out the production version of its luxury coupe, the LC, and handed over the keys to motoring journalists.

Now that the embargo is lifted, the first reviews from the press launch are starting to come in. So, apart from its dashing looks, does the LC 500 have what it takes to lure customers away from its (mostly German) competition in the grand touring class? Let’s see what this reviewer has to say…

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  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    And he was worried about the car being overweight!

  • marioGTI

    I’m sure it is fantastic car, but I’m not quite sold on that “pretty face” thing, especially the “predator” grill. Actually the whole front end is a bit overdone IMO.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Do predators grill? I thought they eat their prey raw.

    • pureworx

      hmm.. im sure lexus designers and the article refer to it as spindle, not predator.. and it looks a lot nicers that the boring nostrils bmw use or the radiator looking crap audi attach to their vehicles.

  • MultiKdizzle

    That exhaust note is just bang on! No simulated engine noise here.

    • psiqtas

      Yeep, but exhaust tips are just fake things if You look better – bit lame in such a car like this…

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    THE DINGO’S didn’t eat my baby, this auto tester did

  • pcurve

    I hope to see a lot of these on the road. We betrayed Toyota back in the late 80s and early 90s when they were putting out amazing cars… and nobody bought them. Hope that doesn’t repeat.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Aus$200000; lots?
      ~4800 for the US in 2017 apparently.

  • Bo Hanan

    Looks like a canary. And why this need to overstyle I’ll never understand.

  • tkindred

    Doesn’t look good to me. Looks awkward from all angles. Especially the front.

  • Matt

    It’s an odd combination of futuristic styling and old-school big N/A engine. Something tells me a turbo-charged motor would suit the relaxed character of the car more.

    In saying that, can’t complain about having the option of a N/A V8 in 2016.

  • YOU’D THINK TOYOTA WOULD DIFFERENTIATE ITSELF FROM LEXUS AND NOT US THE SAME DESIGN LANGUAGE. THE FLOATING ROOF, SIMILAR TAIL LIGHTS.

  • TheBelltower

    I don’t care what this dork thinks. Anyone who thinks this is a pretty car… well, I don’t really trust their opinion much.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’m team dork then.

      • donald seymour

        I guess you and me both.

  • Bsneider

    looks nice for a Toyota, but doesn’t look like a 100k car. Put this next to a Hyundai Genesis coupe, and average people will assume that they are worth the same. Put this next to a Corvette, and only 1 out of 10 people will know that the lexus costs x2 as much.

    • Bpoor

      its okay, we know you cant afford it.

    • pureworx

      next to a corvette? have you seen the interior quality? any who thinks a hyundai or corvette is on par with this needs to have their senses tested.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I love how the classic shape plays the outrageous details. I called it the punk E-Type before and I’m staying with that.

  • Smashing!!!

  • Sjaak

    Pretty face ??

  • psiqtas

    What the heck is wrong with Lexus designers?! Do they hire Nissans Joke designer or what?

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    i dont c people buying this over a mercedes S Coupe or

    • pureworx

      those who dont want a coupe that falls apart after the lease is up or dont want to look like clones/sheep will buy this, and those who can appreciate a quality car will buy this. may not be that many people who can appreciate what you get when you buy lexus, but anyone who has very rarely leave lexus for a German vehicle.

      There maybe a lot of sheep out there but this will still sell to those who have no interest in what sheep want.

  • Jim Jones ©

    Camera: Check!
    Car: Check!
    Post on youtube: Check!

    Congratulations you are now a “motoring journalist”……….I blame Hammond.

  • SteersUright

    Lexus launches an all new 2018 Sports Car that looks far more futuristic than it actually is. Instead of extensive carbon and aluminum making it light and modern, it comes in at 4k lbs, as much as my 2015 GS350 yet only seats 2. Instead of a thoroughly modern new engine, it gets an old Lexus V8 that been around since the original 2008 IS-F. Instead of a modern dual-clutch transmission it gets a conventional automatic just like all other Lexus sedans. Lastly, the infotainment system with the trackpad and Lexus UI just plain feels old too. Just like the current GSF, another undoubtedly cool Lexus that really takes nothing other than its eccentric design to the next level. Very well made cars with great reliability just begging for leadership to push the envelope a bit more.

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