When Lexus debuted the LF-LC concept at the Detroit Auto Show in 2012, show goers were blown away, praising the Lexus’ daring lines. Then, when it was introduced, people couldn’t believe the LC was a production vehicle. Now that it has been on the road for a year, you still look at the sports coupe and wonder if it’s a concept car being tested on public roads by a manufacturer. Yes, the Lexus LC 500 is otherworldly and it is also a total joy to drive.
Powered by a 471 horsepower V8 engine, the LC 500 surprises with its exhilarating exhaust note as it sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Mated to the V8 is a 10-speed automatic transmission, the first of its kind in a car, which shifts quickly and smoothly. Turn the Drive Mode Select knob on the lower console and the LC responds immediately, either sharpening its driving dynamics or loosening them for a more comfortable or fuel-efficient ride. Select Sport S+ for the most exhilarating driving experience and also the loudest one as the Active Exhaust baffles open wide, creating a thrilling soundtrack to augment your spirited driving. Meanwhile, the Active Rear Steering system makes the LC feel even more responsive through twisty mountain roads or while parallel parking in the city. Starting at $92,300, the Lexus LC 500 is the closest thing to a concept car that you can actually drive off a dealer’s lot.