Reviews Lexus LC: 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist

15:45  08 february  2018
15:45  08 february  2018 Source:   Motor Trend

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Lexus LC : 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist . The Latest Generation. Introduced for the 2018 model year , the Lexus LC succeeds the SC as the brand’s flagship grand tourer and is only available as a coupe.

We Like: Bold exterior, gorgeous interior, and the car's overall audacity

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We Like: Bold exterior, gorgeous interior, and the car ’s overall audacity. We Don’t Like: Bizarre hybrid powertrain strategy, pathetic infotainment system. If Car of the Year were awarded solely on the basis of design, the Lexus LC would drive off with this year ’s Golden Calipers.

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We Don't Like: Bizarre hybrid powertrain strategy, pathetic infotainment system

If Car of the Year were awarded solely on the basis of design, the Lexus LC would drive off with this year's Golden Calipers. "The design has a lightness and proportion that is nicely gestured and blends with some beautiful surfaces, " Tom Gale said. Added Chris Theodore: "The Lexus LC 500 is a startling sight on the road, with great proportions and a sleek profile." However, many questioned the goofy grille, Insane Clown Posse headlights, and bizarrely shaped A-pillar.

Design however, encompasses both the outside and the inside, and the LC 500's gorgeous interior is about as good as cars get. Said Frank Markus: "I find the finished product striking and engaging—especially on the inside." As a group, we were smitten by the blue and orange interior trim with white leather seats on the LC 500h. This interior excellence falls apart when it comes to the infotainment system, though. "Congratulations, Lexus, you built the world's worst user interface," Christian Seabaugh said.

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Although we all loved the potent naturally aspirated thrills from the brawny 5.0-liter V-8, we decided to take the futuristic hybrid version along as a finalist. Probably a mistake. "Peculiar powertrain strategy in this car," Frank Markus noted. "I fail to see the payoff of this incredibly complex hybrid. It doesn't feel anywhere near as fast as the V-8, yet the real-world fuel economy doesn't seem that impressive either." Did we mention that the hybrid costs almost $5,000 more than the V-8?

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2018 Lexus LC 500h front three quarter in motion 00© Motor Trend Staff 2018 Lexus LC 500h front three quarter in motion 00
2018 Lexus LC 5002018 Lexus LC 500h
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWDFront-engine/mid-mount electric motors, RWD
ENGINE TYPE 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads60-deg V-6, alum block/heads, plus 2 permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motors (primary generator, engine starter, controls engine speed; second drives rear wheels)
VALVETRAIN On-demand Atkinson-/Otto-cycle DOHC, 4 valves/cylAtkinson-cycle DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 303.2 cu in/4,969 cc210.9 cu in/3,456 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.3:113.0:1
POWER (SAE NET) 471 hp @ 7,100 rpm295 hp @ 6,600 rpm (gas)/100 hp (elec)/ 354 hp (comb)
TORQUE (SAE NET) 398 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm257 lb-ft @ 4,900 rpm (gas)/ 150 lb-ft (elec)/ 350 lb-ft (comb)
REDLINE 7,300 rpm6,700 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 9.3 lb/hp15.2 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic4 auto + cont variable = 10 (comb)-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 2.94:1/1.76:13.36:1/2.18:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll barMultilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 9.8-13.6:19.8-13.6:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.52.5
BRAKES, F; R 15.7-in vented 2-pc disc; 14.1-in vented disc, ABS13.3-in vented 2-pc disc; 12.1-in vented disc, ABS
WHEELS, F;R 8.5 x 21-in; 9.5 x 21-in, forged aluminum8.5 x 20-in; 9.5 x 20-in, forged aluminum
TIRES, F;R 245/40RF21 96Y; 275/35RF21 99Y Michelin Pilot Super Sport245/45RF20 99Y; 275/40RF20 102Y Bridgestone Turanza T005
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 113.0 in113.0 in
TRACK, F/R 64.2/64.4 in64.2/64.4 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 187.4 x 75.6 x 53.0 in187.4 x 75.6 x 53.0 in
TURNING CIRCLE 34.8 ft35.4 ft
CURB WEIGHT 4,376 lb4,489 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 53/47%52/48%
SEATING CAPACITY 44
HEADROOM, F/R 36.8/32.2 in37.2/32.5 in
LEGROOM, F/R 42.0/32.5 in42.0/32.0 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 56.5/48.9 in56.5/48.9 in
CARGO VOLUME 5.4 cu ft4.7 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 1.9 sec1.8 sec
0-40 2.72.7
0-50 3.73.7
0-60 4.75.0
0-70 5.96.8
0-80 7.38.8
0-90 8.811.2
0-100 10.514.1
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.22.8
QUARTER MILE 13.0 sec @ 111.7 mph13.8 sec @ 99.3 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 112 ft113 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.91 g (avg)0.88 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.2 sec @ 0.77 g (avg)26.1 sec @ 0.69 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,300 rpm1,000 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE $92,995$97,505
PRICE AS TESTED $105,710$101,195
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/YesYes/Yes
AIRBAGS 8: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee8: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee
BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles4 yrs/50,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 6 yrs/70,000 miles6 yrs/70,000 miles (8 yrs/100,000 miles hybrid comp/batteries)
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/Unlimited miles4 yrs/Unlimited miles
FUEL CAPACITY 21.7 gal22.2 gal (+ 1kW/h)
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 18.9/30.0/22.7 mpg31.3/36.9/33.6 mpg
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 16/26/19 mpg26/35/30 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/130 kW-hrs/100 miles130/96 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.00 lb/mile0.66 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premiumUnleaded premium + Lithium-ion (84 cells: 310.8-V nominal; 650-V system voltage)

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