2019 Lexus LC 500

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in Midsize coupes
2019 MODEL

$92,200

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Lexus the brand which makes rugged SUVs for old people stole the light from the German brands last year. Now how did they do that? The Lexus LC 500! Possibly the most flabbergasted Lexus you have ever seen, the LC 500 is bathed in extravagance and forged from the utmost quality materials. The attention to detail is incredible, right from the little door light which pops green when locked to the hidden tailgate button on the exterior, Lexus cast all spells from the Japanese automotive witchcraft on this work of art.

The 2019 Lexus LC 500 might roar like a dragon but it’s not enough to beat the Nissan’s Godzilla or the Jaguar. Since it was launched last year Lexus hide a treat under the hood, it’s called a 5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded engine mated to a slick 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain can muster 471 horsepower and 398-pound-feet of torque and those are decent numbers which bring out the best on the freeway, but still, it’s no Ferrari. Now, lets the put this so-called hyperbole under the microscope and make some breakthroughs.


The 2019 Lexus LC 500 might roar like a dragon but it’s not enough to beat the Nissan’s Godzilla or the Jaguar. Since it was launched last year Lexus hide a treat under the hood, it’s called a 5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded engine mated to a slick 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain can muster 471 horsepower and 398-pound-feet of torque and those are decent numbers which bring out the best on the freeway, but still, it’s no Ferrari. Now, lets the put this so-called hyperbole under the microscope and make some breakthroughs.

2019 Lexus LC 500 Features

A sports coupe at heart, the LC 500 C is Lexus’s lone wolf who doesn’t need a pack to protect its meat. The car is an amalgamation of luxury and sportiness in the right proportion. Japanese aesthetics stirred with German level technology, and an engine which can win any horsepower war, that’s what you are getting with the LC 500. It’s something the RC lineup aspired to achieve but never met its goal, it’s a good thing the LC 500 took the lead. As for the features, Lexus had a premeditated fat and juicy standard feature list.

Trim

LC 500

MSRP

$93,325

Key

Features

20-inch wheels

 

Adjustable suspension

 

LED exterior lights

 

12-speaker audio system with satellite radio

 

Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

 

Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats

 

Power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

 

Adaptive cruise control

 

Automatic high-beam control

 

Heated and auto-dimming mirrors

 

Driver-seat memory settings

 

10.3-inch central display

We Recommend-

There are no trims for the LC 500 still, we would suggest you to add the convenience package as it comes with rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

2019 Lexus LC 500 Engine

The LC vaults Lexus into real sports-car territory. It’s no lightweight, but it’s hashtag-blessed with raucous acceleration, excellent steering, and room to grow into a truly spectacular LC F. The first LC to come to mind is the LC 500. It adopts the 5.0-liter V-8 from the RC F and GS F, and puts it to its highest and best use- The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The LC lineup came into existence in 2018 and Lexus has just the right way to strike a breathtaking impact on the American market. The long hood hides Zeus’s thunderbolt or for the layman a 5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded engine. The engine is backed with a mental 10-speed automatic transmission which is a mechanical wonder. The engine’s rumbling noise leaks into the cabin in a filtered manner which is not appreciated from a coupe of this stature. Ignoring the little anomaly, the LC’s engine is loud and nails the right note, the type of sound which attracts cops in your neighborhood and turn heads on the boulevard.

Models

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

MSRP

$93,325

$73,700

$84,345

$99,990

$55,895

Engine

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

3.0L i6

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

10 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

6 Speed dual clutch

7 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

471 [email protected] 7100rpm

429 [email protected] 6100rpm

380 [email protected] 6500rpm

565 [email protected] 6800rpm

400 [email protected] 6400rpm

Torque

398 [email protected] 4800rpm

384 [email protected]

339 [email protected] 3500rpm

467 [email protected] 3300rpm

350 [email protected] 1600rpm

The 10-speed automatic transmission is smooth and doesn’t meddle with the organic engine feel. It doesn’t interrupt the fun by holding gears either, the paddle shifters are on the point and bore speedy downshifts. The engine fires up the rear wheels with its 471 horses and 398 pound-feet worth of pulling force through a Torsen Differential. Japanese stays humble with its potent engine by detuning it below 500 horsepower, though its apt for a luxury sports vehicle and more than what others deliver.

Acceleration

It might be powered by 471 horses and barks like a Japanese Mastiff but the Lexus LC 500 is more words than action. The exhaust note will fool you for a potent sports car power but the acceleration doesn’t quite stand up to the sound. The rpm jolts to 7000 before the transmission cast its magic and zooms through the freeway. The LC 500 completes the 60 mph test in 4.4 seconds which is impressive. The quarter-mile takes 13.8 seconds which is ok but it’s not a 10-second car like the GTR.

Models

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.3 sec

4.8 sec

2.9 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

13.8 sec

13.4 sec

N/A

11.2 sec

N/A

Engine

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

3.0L i6

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

7.7

N/A

9.8

8.0

Ride and handling 

The spirit of any auto purist is thrilled by the untainted pleasure of driving and Lexus offers a treat to all of them by the LC 500. The moment you mat the pedal and the exhaust pipes explode with its sonorous orchestra, you will know this is going to be a hell of a ride. Unfortunately, Lexus builds the LC 500 around the idea of a luxurious grand touring coupe. Its fast but not comparable to cars with Sporty DNA, though the roaring engine spices up the experience.

The steering has nice bolstering and its wrapped in leather, you will sense an on-center feel but there is no road communication, the comfort orientation of the car is clearly visible. Going around the corners is entertaining but the lack of athletic cosmetics will surface a backlash. The absence of feedback can make you nervous and keep you from taking the full advantage of a freeway. Another point of concern is the obstructive traction control which cuts power and applies brakes on its own like a terrible AI.

As for the changes, this year you have an enhanced adaptive suspension which promotes Lexus’s comfort logic. Further changes incorporate modified engine mounts and a reprogrammed 10-speed automatic transmission. The upshifts and downshifts are quick and compliment the engine’s power. Shifts through paddle shifters are more responsive and fun. At last, the 21 inches allow wheels may look jaw dropping but they also act as a germ on the ride quality.

Braking

The brakes are firm but in a way that inspires confidence, though this confidence is limited to atypical situations. In a straight predictable road, the pedal feels a bit vague. On the freeway, when you are blasting your car on high speeds one can very well judge the car’s intention and modulate easily. The front brakes are rated at 15.7 inches and the rear is reserved at 14.1 inches. Hard braking from the speed of 60 mph will bore a stopping distance of 105 feet.

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

14.6

15

15.3

14

Brake Rear (in.)

14.1

14.2

12.8

15

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4280

4200

3514

3929

3882

60-0 MPH (ft.)

105

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Lexus LC 500 Fuel Economy

The LC 500 was introduced as an elevated version of the RC lineup, it filled in the gap of power and add a dash of luxury to the class but sadly the fuel economy deteriorated with the bigger engine. But that’s Lexus’s family matter other brands take dibs on the market for its subpar EPA rating. In the city, the LC 500 performs by delivering 16 mpg city mileage which is pushed to 25 mpg while highway cruising. That’s the way you can expect a 19 mpg from this Lexus. The hybrid version may skip a few gas refills, but this one doesn’t hand out any rebates.

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

MPG (city)

16

21

18

16

20

MPG (highway)

25

28

26

22

27

MPG (combined)

19

23

21

18

22

Range (miles) (city/highway)

347/543

N/A

N/A

N/A

400/540

Tank Capacity (gal)

21.7

17.4

18.5

19.5

20.0

2019 Lexus LC 500 Interior

“Good outward visibility and a comfortable, sporty driving position are the highlights. The Lexus is also easier to get in and out of than many low-slung coupes. The cabin is very upscale, with a few exceptions. The biggest letdown is the touchpad infotainment interface”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Lexus’s interior will not bore you for a long time, that’s for sure! The Japanese tasteful design paired with an apt distribution of features, forged from premium quality material, that’s what you are in it for with the LC 500. Everything on the interior feels upmarket, there is hardly anything which is not covered in leather, the unwrapped exceptions are covered in metal. The cabin is a strict no hard plastic zone. Though Lexus markets the LC as a 4 passenger coupe its only sensible for two. The front cabin is easily accessible and offers a lot of space even for taller people. The cabin might be a work of art but it feels small, especially when it’s a full executive size.

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Passenger capacity

4

4

2

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/56.5/42.0

40.9/56.1/41.8

37.0/56.5/43.0

38.1/54.3/44.6

37.4/54.6/43.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

32.2/49.0/32.5

36.4/50.3/34.1

-

33.5/50/26.4

34.5/52.0/32.4

As for the features, everything is well laid out like a menu with some boasting physical switches while others controlled through the touch screen. The front seats are heated and ventilated which are accessed through the screen. The laptop-like touchpad is a bit tricky to use on the road and also lacks gesture support. At last, you have a choice for leather or Alcantara seats with three color options. The only thing where LC lags is the suffocating rear seats which are only sensible for children.

Interior Features-

  • Climate Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration

Cargo volume

One thing which you will find troubling in the LC 500 is its low cargo space. There are side pockets but they are not meant for keeping bottles. Apart from that, there are a few cubby holes and an armrest box which sums up Lexus’s cabin utility. Going backward to the tailgate, you have a 5.4 cubic feet of cargo bay which is smaller than most cars in the segment. The tailgate has a wide opening which can swallow a full-sized suitcase and a golf bag, nothing extra. A constant problem reported by the LC owners is the heating of the cargo area, even after smaller rides.

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

5.4

10.0

7.0

8.8

8.7

Infotainment-

When you are investing almost a hundred thousand dollars in a car, then you would expect a big chunk of the latest technology to be a part of your ride. Lexus stands its promise of being flashy with a 10.3-inch split screen though it fails to achieve the tight intuitiveness mark. The newly revised Enform infotainment system adds Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa but it’s tricky to use. Lexus brings in Mark Levinson orchestra to bang your head on some hard rock music. You also have the Enform app suit at your disposal but the app collection is not that interesting.

The Navigation system clearly says, “it’s their way or the highway”. The system requires precise coordinates to locate your destination, any lapse in information and the system will not work. The voice controls work fine but you might want to follow the voice-training procedure set by Lexus. At last, the Android users are abandoned as there is no Android Auto for the 2019 Lexus LC 500.

2019 Lexus LC 500 Exterior

“The LC 500 is a real-world interpretation of the acclaimed LF-LC concept car. Lexus underscored its pledge to bringing that stunning shape into production, and the LC represents one of those rare instances when it's not hyperbole to call it a concept car you can buy”- KBB

Design and Styling

People love concept cars because of their majestic styling and magical appeal, the feeling is something you cannot explain. Their non-tangibility turns people’s desire to fetish, its fine though because this time Lexus allows you to get what was built for the stage. Talking about concept cars, Lexus slams other brands through its theatrical design which is elevated on its concept cars. The LC 500 is a drop-dead gorgeous Lexus which is directly extracted from the LC-FC concept. Right from the 3-element headlights to the muscle car inspired rear end, Lexus gave it all.

The gigantic spindle front grill cannot be missed and the 3D taillights give it a distinct character than other luxury cars. The detailing on the LC is better than Madame Tussaud's mannequins. The flush handles, strong lines, and panel roof survived the transitions from concept to production. The wheel wells may harbor 20-inch alloy wheels but they are more apt for the optional 21-inch alloy wheels.

Now, let's map out all your exterior choices on the LC 500 coupe. No luxury buyer can ignore Lexus’s colossal color scheme, you have nine color options including vivid colors like Infrared, Nightfall Mica, Obsidian black and more. You have two option for wheels of 20 and 21 inches.

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

4280

4200

3514

3929

3882

Length(in)

187.4

190.6

176.0

185.4

184.4

Width(in)

75.6

80.9

74.2

74.6

72.8

Height(in)

53.0

56.3

51.6

53.9

54.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.2

4.7

4.1

N/A

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

113.0

113.1

103.2

109.4

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

64.2/64.4

64.1/62.8

62.4/64.1

62.6/63

61.2/61.8

Dimensions and Weight

There are a lot of elements on LC 500’s exterior, the fine lines of lusciousness on the hood remind of those old school muscle cars on a feline body. Its inches shorter than the LC-FC concept but looks fairly similar. The LC 500 is a 187.4-inch long coupe with width and height rated at 75.6 inches and 53 inches. With such numbers, the LC slips right into the industry standards. It may look much close to the ground but actually features the highest ground clearance of 5.3 inches. The same specs follow the Hybrid variant and the design is identical.

Exterior Features-

  • 20" Forged Wheels
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
  • Door Edge Film By 3M
  • Carbon Fiber Lower Grille Insert
  • Premium Paint
  • 21" Forged Wheels

2019 Lexus LC 500 Safety

The LC 500 is a yesteryear’s offering and its still measuring the market right now. Its too soon for the Lexus to joust with the wall, hence NHTSA and IIHS have not rated the LC 500. So, its too soon to take a bid on Lexus LC’s safety. Still, you get optimum safety suit which includes-

Safety Features

  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Rear Integrated Headrests
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control

2019 Lexus LC 500 Competition

Lexus LC 500 vs Jaguar F Type R Dynamic-

Jaguar F Type precedes its reputation of being a sporty ride while delivering traces of luxury. Jaguar had a galore of configuration including three different engine options. The V6 and V8 are potent and makes the most of all those horses. The ride quality is precise and predictable and better than what Lexus has to offer, but at the same time, Jaguar will cost you’re a fortune. Inside, Jaguar flaunts a competitive interior so don’t try to be in the perplexing situation of comparing the two.

Overall, the Jaguar is a competitive choice, it offers a tad more practicality and cuts the concept of vague rear seats to keep it a 2 seater which is good.

Lexus LC 500 vs Nissan GT-R Pure-

Nissan Godzilla is known for its untamed raw power and mad acceleration, a true 10-second car to its core. If you prefer performance over design then the GTR will put a wide smile on your face. The mad performance in its acceleration was expected, whatnot was a higher cargo volume. Surprisingly, the GR-R offers more practicality than our so-called luxury muscle. Talking about the ride quality, the GTR is the polar opposite of the LC 500, where Lexus’s suspension is tuned for comfort, the latter is stiff and calibrated for a more sporty ride.

The biggest difference comes with power and handling, the price’s impact is stagnant on the cars of this stature. Your choice depends on what type of car do you want, a suburban luxury cruiser or a sporty wrecking machine.

2019 Lexus LC 500 Final Verdict

Lexus didn’t have a worth horse in the hundred thousand dollar race since the SC coupe, but that’s passed. Today, Lexus is all set to conquer the segment with its sturdy build quality, eccentric Japanese styling, and what we call a perfect luxury overload. While one cannot get over its luxury and rich fills of feature, the performance is not in the same league. The LC 500 is fast but not enough to surmount its German rivals. The V8 engine is a badass and it rumbles like no other coupe in the segment but that’s just black magic to make it seem more aggressive. The LC is more of a luxury Gran Tourer and it’s the best one in the market.

One more thing apart from the brimmed luxury and cool features is the microscopic eye for detail. However, a buyer blessed with that kind of money might want a Jaguar or Mercedes for this price which cannot be ignored either.

Pros

Revised Brakes and steering

Reprogrammed shift Logic

Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are now standard

Cons

Extreme Eye for detail

Thundering exhaust note’

Quintessential interior

Rich Feature list

What's New?

Tricky Infotainment

Low cargo space


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$92200

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

471 hp @ 7100 rpm

torque

398 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

187.4 in.

width

75.6 in.

height

53 in.

curb weight

4280 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

85.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

5.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

980 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/25 mpg

highway range

542.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2019 Lexus LC 500 in Nightfall Mica color  2019 Lexus LC 500 in Liquid Platinum color  2019 Lexus LC 500 in Infrared color  2019 Lexus LC 500 in Caviar color  2019 Lexus LC 500 in Autumn Shimmer color  2019 Lexus LC 500 in Atomic Silver color
Nightfall Mica

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus LC 500 Base

Base

power
471 hp @ 7100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$92,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $92,200 MSRP (16 mpg/19/25 mpg) 471 hp @ 7100 rpm, 5 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA