Can Lexus’ LC500 Compete With Aston Martin’s Way More Expensive DB11 V8?

The short answer is yes, but for a slightly longer one, there’s a new Head 2 Head video out now.

Comparing the Lexus LC500 with the Aston Martin DB11 V8 looks natural at first glance, but then you take a look at their respective prices; starting at just under $200,000, the Aston Martin is nearly double the cost of the LC500.

Despite the huge difference in pricing, the two grand tourers share the same focus on areas like an eye-catching design, driving thrills and performance. These are not pure numbers cars, but they do have their way of getting things done.

Aston Martin sourced the much-praised 4.0-liter V8 from AMG, which produces 503hp and 513lb-ft of torque, for the base DB11. Putting a smaller engine into the new Aston made it not only lighter by 115kg (253 lbs) but it also let the chassis reveal its great balance better than it does with the V12.

Lexus, on the other hand, installed its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 under the bonnet of the LC500, giving it a much more vocal and distinct character in today’s turbo-infested market. It might make just 471hp but the 10-speed automatic with its short ratios combined with the epic soundtrack makes it a very effective smile-machine.

Which one is the best? There’s only one way to find out (sorry Jonny).


  • Adilos Nave

    Wait, what? This isn’t another comparison of a fast ICE car with a Tesla? Come on, guys, Elon is going to be pissed!!

    The Lexus is quite a looker. Not sure the styling will remain attractive over time though. Can’t wait to see one on the road.

  • TheBelltower

    I’m sure they are both good cars. Visually, the Lexus is a messy, spazzy design that looks like a lump on the road. Though the proportions of the Aston are way off too. It isn’t the most seductive design ever to come out of Gaydon England,

  • fabri99

    Well, if driving pleasure isn’t something you’re seeking, than the LC is an amazing car. It looks gorgeous and it is a great grand tourer. It stands out. The Aston on the other hand…is an Aston. The Lexus can’t match the feeling of privilege and exclusivity you get in an Aston Martin. Plus, it’s more enjoyable to drive and an actual sportscar.
    All I’m saying is that if driving pleasure isn’t for you, then just save $100k. But if a sportscar is what you’re looking for, than Britain has you covered.

    • getoffme

      Did you even watch the video? The LC 500 was the better driver’s car.

      • fabri99

        Yeah. I just don’t… “trust” MotorTrend. I mainly rely on EVO Magazine reviews. They have tested both and the Aston was the better car overall. To give a thorough and final judgement, you’d have to drive them both yourself, but since that isn’t always possible, we just have to rely on cars reviews. And EVO is “my reviewer of choice”.

        • Ary Wisesa

          Well, for me it’s no wonder that British magazines always praise their own brands over foreign competitors, especially the ones that threatens their industry. Magazines like EVO and Autobild are famous for their biased opinion. Something that I can fully understand.

          One by one of UK brands has fallen and acquired by foreign companies. JLR is now owned by Indian Tata, Rolls is owned by German BMW, Bentley owned by German VW, Lotus is owned by Chinese Geely . Aston Martin itself now belongs to Kuwait consortium. MG is owned by Chinese SAIC. Even our most beloved McLaren is no longer pure British, since its owned by Daimler and Bahrain company.

          That leaves maybe only minor company like Morgan and TVR as their own brands. So it’s quiet understandable if those magazine like to “protect ” their industry from the threats of foreign companies like the giant Toyota and Honda.

          For me it perfectly makes sense: the European must protect their products from invasion of Japanese. Magazines’ reviews are parts of that defense. They simply can’t afford to loose their brands to Japanese like GM-Ford-Chrysler has fallen to. If they praise the Japanese products so much, it will kill their own brands.

          For example, whenever Autobild compared German cars versus Japanese, it’s almost sure the Germans (be it Audi, BMW, or MB) would win over Lexus. The funny thing is, since Autobild is owned by VW Group, they would almost automatically grant VW products at least 4 of 5 stars and Lexus would almost automatically gets 3 of 5 stars.

          Motor Trend, on the other hand, is more independent in my opinion. I think this is also true for other US magazines. They tend to be more independent and unbiased, even when they compare their own brands like Jeep vs Toyota Land Cruiser. And also when they compared Lexus GS vs Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series vs Infiniti G37.

          So yeah, I dont believe in UK magazine so much (other than Top Gear, which is in my opinion is quiet fair and objective).

  • BlackPegasus

    I was shocked to hear him say the LC500 had a longer wheelbase than the DB11. The design makes the DB11 appear longer because the engine is directly above the front axle. The design is very sleek. However, I’d pick the Lexus for a grand tourer.

    • Ary Wisesa

      Me too. At least Lexus has its own amazing engine. AM on the other hand must resource it from the 3rd party. Talk about originality. :LOL

      • bd

        The performance engines used in Lexus and Toyota models were co-developed with Yamaha and Yamaha builds many of those engines (such as the 2UR-GSE V8 used in the RC-F).

  • Six Thousand Times

    I tend to agree with Jethro: The Lexus is so wrong it’s just…right. It doesn’t look like anything else and that’s just so wonderful. If I had all the monies, I’d love an Aston but I would have no problem “settling” for the Lex.

  • McF1

    I enjoyable watching this Head two Head video.
    The surprise is how close the Lexus LC500 had come to winning this comparison, especially considering it is about half the price. For me, I would go for the Lexus.

  • SteersUright

    Essentially a tie, two excellent cars, yet one leaves you with an extra $100k+ hole in your pocket and the other won’t spend 75% of its life inside a mechanics shop.

  • SteersUright

    The Lexus is unacceptably heavy. Another case of a car being 115% the size it should’ve been (like the Mustang, Camaro, etc) for optimal weight, dynamics, and even appearance. Keep the width, lose some length, and whatever other trickery others (like Porsche) employ with their lightweight coupes.

  • YUGE

    Love my Lexus IS 350

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