Can The New Lexus LC500 Stand Up To The Mighty LFA?

It’s been six years since the last Lexus LFA rolled off the production line and we still can’t get enough of this magnificent creation. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Lexus gave us the LC Coupe in the first place but that’s a topic for another time.

Carwow managed to secure a very rare (and very black) example of the mighty LFA to race against a LC500. While many of you might have guessed already the winner, it’s always interesting to see how the two models compare on a straight line.

The Lexus LFA is powered by what is considered by many one of the best internal combustion engines ever created for a passenger car; a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V10 co-developed with Yamaha with a dry sump and a redline at 9,000rpm. The output is rated at 552hp and 354lb-ft of torque but the highlights here are the jaw-dropping soundtrack and its ferocity while going through the rev band.

Lexus claimed back in the day that the engine can rev from idle to redline in just 0.6 seconds, forcing them to use a digital cluster as an analogue needle simply couldn’t keep up. The automatic transmission is a six-speed single-clutch item from Aisin while the chassis is a carbon monocoque with aluminum front and rear subframes. This is a hand-built supercar, whereas the LC500 is a series-production luxury GT.

Speaking of which, the current Lexus flagship comes with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine with 467hp and 389lb ft of torque, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The slightly torquier engine is offset by the car’s weight, as the LC 500 tips the scales at 1,935kg (4,266 lbs) compared to the LFA’s 1,614kg (3,558lbs).

Want to hear some angry V10 and V8 noises? Of course you do.


  • Arthur

    Current F1 cars can take major cues on what a proper F1 car should sound like after hearing the LFA, man that thing sounds glorious. No shock with this race though, the several 700 or so lbs. that the LFA is lighter over the LC even without the additional HP is enough to seal the deal.

    • Bo Hanan

      It sounds better than most Ferrari’s.

    • nastinupe

      Yeah but the LC is a better ride and has the better interior and is much less expensive to maintain. There’s actually not a lot of performance difference between the two. I would take the LC.

      • Mr. EP9

        It kind of is, the LFA blew it out of the water. But we are comparing a grand tourer to a supercar.

      • lagunas3ca

        Lap times say otherwise.

        • nastinupe

          Well yeah, if you’re driving at 10/10ths. But who’s doing that in the real world? If you’re driving at 7/10ths the LC is plenty of car.

          That’s like saying that spending $275,000 more is worth getting a 911 GT2 RS over a base 911.

          To most a base 911 is all you truly need.

  • Bash

    That LFA is glorious.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think Lexus was smart to make the LC500 a ‘tribute’ to the LF’A’s design.

      • Bash

        Absolutely right, I wish I can give you more likes.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Ha! I think the LC is a classic in the making. It is styled inside put to be timeless.

  • Mr. EP9

    That LFA still sounds so damn good.

  • TheBelltower

    We get it, it sounds good. A good exhaust note didn’t keep the ugly LFA from being a massive failure.

    • gambit gamboa

      Except it was Jeremy Clarksons favorite car. You came back to get raped again?

    • Vassilis

      In terms of what? It was very expensive but it was a great car.

      • TheBelltower

        It was a very good car. Though they priced it alongside other cars that made it look unimpressive in comparison. Which is why they remained unsold for years after production ended.

        • gambit gamboa

          It wasnt unsold you dolt, it was so hot that the last few versions of it were given the option of opting with the Nuburgring package which most buyers did. First of all not every single LFA were all sold to single owners, a few were kept by dealers for themselves to be resold later on. Every single LFA was spoken for, the ones you see on the market are resold.

          If you dont know what youre talking about then you should stfu, because of your ignorance you just made a fool out of yourself. And guess what, had this car had a Ferrari badge, you wouldnt whine like a lil bitch, deep down youre a badge whore so its good everyone knows thats what you are now.

  • Ken Lyns

    The LC500 weighs more than my pickup truck…

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Marry the 2 and give us an LC-F Supa Jinsoku 🙂

  • Zed68

    The LFA doesn’t make noise… it sings!

  • mchicha

    LFA was never mighty

  • Giziclown

    LFA has the best sound of all streetcars.

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