2018 Lexus LC 500 Flies Under The Radar At NAIAS

With all eyes on the launch of the 2018 LS luxury saloon, we wouldn’t blame you for glossing over the LC 500 and its presence in Detroit.

In reality, Lexus bringing the LC 500 to the 2017 Detroit Auto Show took on even more meaning since the Japanese automaker also released US pricing for the LC 500 and LC 500h versions, with the former coming in at $92,000 and the latter at $96,510.

Lexus also revealed prices for the LC 500’s optional packages, which can cost as little as $2,790 or as much as $10,000, depending on the package and on the version of the car, as the options are considerably more affordable on the 500h model.

While this glossy model on display at the Lexus stand was packed full of optional goodies, the LC 500 also comes with plenty of standard features, like the LED headlights, 3D taillights, the 10.3″ display or Lexus Premium Audio.

You also get safety systems like Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Intelligent High Beam, all watching over you at no extra cost.

Performance-wise, whichever version of the LC 500 you go with, will still get you from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4.5 seconds. Though if you’re wondering if you can go faster for less money, it turns out you can as long as you look towards something like a Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe, which retails for $75,000 and will get you to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4 seconds.


  • Honda NSX-R

    The LC base price should’ve been lower, like around 78,000 USD.

  • annon

    WTF is it with Toyota & Lexus on these oversized “bird catching” grilles & all made of plastic, really, is that the trend now … $96 000 and a plastic grille???

    • no25

      it’s not even plastic. quit your bitching. not like you’re gonna get one anyways.

      • annon

        oh really???, well in that case I would honestly love to know of what it is made of then since you seem to know?, & I’ll bitch all I want – it’s called freedom of speech…ICYDK

  • fabri99

    Does anyone know how much are competitors in the US, for reference? For istance, an F-Type R, a 911 Carrera S, an R8, a Maserati Granturismo, a Nissan GT-R, the AMG GT, the Aston Vantage V8…

    • Yobobjm

      I was curious as well so i checked it out.
      – F- Type R (3.9 0-60) is $105k
      – Carrera S (4.1 0-60) is $104k
      – R8 is like over $150k
      – Granturismo is $132k
      – Nissan GTR is $110k
      – AMG GT is $112k (GT-S is $132k)
      – Aston Martin will be much much much more.
      – Mercedes SL450 (4.9 0-60) is $87k
      – Mercedes SL550 (4.3 0-60) is $110k

      It seems like the Porsche and the F-Type are fairly compelling alternatives. But in my opinion it doesn’t seem like LC 500 price is particularly unreasonable.

      • KidRed

        I would take any car on your list over the Lexus.

    • KenjiK

      Isn’t this competing with the likes of the BMW M4, Audi S5/RS5…?

      • fabri99

        No… what’s the RC F for then?

        • KenjiK

          Looks like i was wrong on who i named as competition. It’s not aiming for the M4/RS5/C63 but instead for the M6 and S coupe. (sources : various automotive magazines and blogs)

          • fabri99

            Eh… I dont really see it as an M6 competitor. I mean. It’s a 2 door coupe, its a GT for sure but it is small. Like an F-Type. It’s a 911 competitor. Better, an i8 competitor.

    • SteersUright

      None of those are competitors. You listed some hardcore genuine sports cars outside of the Maserati Gran Turismo which is probably the only comparable car on your list as a big, heavy GT. And that car has the “pedigree” of being from a storied Italian Sports car company with close ties to Ferrari. This is a Lexus with close ties to…Toyota.

      This car, using an engine found in two other existing Lexii and sharing a chassis with the LS, along with other components from Toyota should, like any Lexus, be the value proposition in the room, thus priced more aggressively. In reality, this car is in its own price class because it has no natural competitors. Its a pseudo-exotic but not quite, though definitely a cut above your everyday sports/GT cars as well.

  • Ary Wisesa

    To compare LC with C63 AMG is a bit irrelevant. LC is intended for Grand Touring, long range journey with comfort and style. Acceleration is not everything. Some people really don’t need “super fast” car. Some just want a GT that is very comfortable, enough power for high speed on the autobahn, luxurious, and good looking. I think nobody would deny Lexus LC’s good looks, it’s one of the best looking coupes on the market today. It would right fit in the art gallery, especially the red one. 🙂

    For me, if I have enough money to buy an LC, for sure I’ll take it and leave C63 AMG. They are not even in the same class, both figuratively and literally. 🙂

    • KidRed

      Exactly. The C63 AMG is leaps ahead of the LC.

      • Ary Wisesa

        Only in acceleration.

  • Kash

    I think i want mine in silver with those rims on it, but not in bright chrome…

  • KidRed

    Because no one cares and it’s overpriced.

    • no25

      it’s cheaper than its competition, but ok.

  • Sébastien

    What’s with Lexus interiors, that one seems a lot better but… those knobs on top of the gauge cluster, those 7-digit LCD for temperature.

  • SteersUright

    Wow, for all its shortcomings (being way too heavy, way overpriced, etc.) it sure looks damn beautiful and unique especially in that gorgeous silver color!

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