David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/25/19 3:37 p.m.

In a world where luxury brands have all embraced the SUV, here’s a chewy little morsel from Lexus: We count not one but two premium coupes on their current roster, with the RC joined by the flagship LC.

What makes the LC the flagship? It says so, right there on their media site: “The emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the 2018 LC flagship performance coupe. A concept car come to life, the Lexus LC combines stunning design, scintillating performance, long-distance comfort and premium craftsmanship to join an elite group of international grand touring coupes.”

The LC comes in two distinct flavors, the V8-powered, dino-fueled LC 500 model as well as the LC 500h hybrid model. The gas model features the engine up front and the drive wheels out back–the way that it should be, amirite?

This time we spent a few days with the LC 500. Some figures to whet your appetite: 471 horsepower, 398 lb.-ft. of torque, 10 speeds, 15.7-inch front rotors and 275mm-wide rear tires.

Some more numbers to consider: a base price of $92,200, while ours stickered at $105,940 after options and shipping.

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Tberg New Reader
3/25/19 9:50 p.m.

I went to sit in an LC500 several months ago thinking that it looked sumptuous in the pictures I saw of it.  I came away thinking the interior had some odd touches and did not look as good in person as it photographed.  Its GT credentials are good but not exceptional, certainly nothing performance wise that my 9 year old Jaguar XKR doesn't exceed in every category, but at least the Lexus "Predator" grill seems a little tamer than in other Lexus models.  I do not think Lexus set the bar quite high enough for their so-called "flagship" model to compete with the world's best.

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