August 4, 2021

The Lexus LC 500 is one of the newest luxury sports cars that has been on the market since 2016. Most may have never have seen this beauty on the road because it’s right under one hundred thousand dollars. The LC500 is well constructed on the inside and we at Fast Mint think it is absolutely gorgeous on the out. The LC500 actually brings some sex appeal to the streets with Lexus going above and beyond making it stand out with its Big Lexus grill that seems to flow well as suppose to other Lexus models. Its unique long front end and huge rear give it proportions that seem to be placed in all the right areas just like the concept. If you’re looking for a vehicle with a great sounding 5.0 V8 that doesn’t sacrifice comfort having one of the best-built interiors on the market the LC500 is something you need to consider. For a hundred thousand dollar car it lacks some power but after you drive this unique coupe you will quickly realize this is one of the best all-around luxury sports coupes on the market. The LC500 is worth every penny even though it has some faults.

Price

LC500 $92,950

LC500h (Hybrid) $97,510

Horsepower and MPG

5.0-LITER V8 ENGINE (LC 500)

471 hp

398 lb-ft of torque

27 city / 35 highway

10-speed Direct Shift with magnesium paddle shifters

Hybrid 3.5-liter V-6 and a pair of electric motors (LC500h)

295 hp @ 6,600 rpm (220 kW

257 lb·ft @ 4,900 rpm (348 N·m)

1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery,

CVT + 4-speed automatic with magnesium paddle shifters

Color Options

Ultra White, Liquid Platinum, Atomic Silver, Smoky Granite Mica, Caviar, Obsidian, Infrared, Flare Yellow, Nightfall Mica, Cadmium Orange

Performance

5.0-LITER V8 ENGINE (LC 500)

If you didn’t follow Lexus you would think that this car may come with a four or a six-cylinder motor like most Japanese performance cars, but with Lexus, they went a different route and placed a 5.0 V8 under the hood that produces 471 horsepower and it sounds amazing. I personally believe that for a hundred thousand dollar cars they should have added forced induction to the motor to compete with cars more in its price range, but I already think Lexus is going to answer my prayers as Lexus is developing and testing a twin-turbo V8 that will be available in upcoming generations so the only complaint that I have maybe fixed soon. People have dynoed the LC500 at 390rwhp & 351rwtq so Lexus didn’t underrate this motor from the factory. Without being tuned and having minimal bolt-ons people are seeing up to 500hp. As of right now, the LC500 has seen times of 13.0 at 109 mph in the quarter-mile. That’s nothing to get excited about, but with the power plant the LC 500 has the upside will be great when aftermarket support and tuning are available. This car isn’t about being the fastest in the market, but giving you decent power and one of the best rides with having one of the first 10 speed automatics on the market the car shifts effortlessly. The top speed is governed at 170 mph. Toyota please save us some weight because a luxury sport luxury car over four thousand  pounds is unacceptable 

Hybrid 3.5-liter V-6

Despite the LC500 looking like a fast car that it is not especially in the Hybrid form. Some people may expect the Hybrid version to be fast due to it being part electric, but don’t think of tesla’s quickness when it comes to the hybrid version. The LC500h does zero to sixty in 4.7 seconds and has a 155mph top speed. Starting at 97k I personally think If you’re not getting the V8 you’re wasting your money but to each their own

Option Packages Available

TOURING PACKAGE

Alcantara®* headliner

Mark Levinson®* 13-speaker, 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio System

Intuitive Parking Assist*

Heated leather-trimmed steering wheel

Windshield wiper de-icer

Sports Package

Carbon fiber or glass roof

Torsen®* limited-slip rear differential and Yamaha® performance damper (LC 500)

Intuitive Parking Assist*

Performance brake pads*

20-inch staggered-width 10-spoke forged alloy wheels* with Dark Graphite finish or

21-inch staggered-width split-five-spoke forged alloy wheels* with polished finish and Gloss Black accents

Dynamic Handling Package

Torsen®* limited-slip rear differential and Yamaha® performance damper (LC 500)

Torsen®* limited-slip rear differential

Intuitive Parking Assist*

Performance brake pads*

Alcantara®* headliner

21-inch staggered-width split-five-spoke forged alloy wheels* with polished finish and Gloss Black accents

Sports seats with Alcantara®* inserts

Carbon fiber roof

All-Weather Package 

Heated leather-trimmed steering wheel

Windshield wiper de-icer

Fast-response electronic interior heater (LC 500h)

Suspension

The previous models came with a pretty stiff suspension and Lexus has tweaked the 2021 suspension to be a little softer. Regardless of these changes, this is still one of the best riding luxury sports cars on the market. They achieve this by adding softer dampers, bump stops, and a stiffer anti-roll bar in the rear. The 2021 saved over 22 pounds, but when it weighs over 4k pounds that’s not something to be excited about. The suspension is great and adjustable depending on which out of 5 modes you select to drive in. Lexus, please work on removing more weight because this vehicle handles great for it being a boat.

Fuel economy

5.0-LITER V8 ENGINE (LC 500)

As far as the fuel economy is concerned the LC 500 gets decent gas mileage on the freeway with 25 mpg but suffers in the city with achieving only 16 mpg in the city. I think it’s unacceptable for a 13-second car to achieve those numbers when there are other V8 cars with 100hp more getting the same miles per gallon. five driving modes are available  Eco, Comfort, Standard, S Sport, and S Sport+, and depending on what’s selected the performance and suspension adjust accordingly.

Hybrid 3.5-liter V-6

At starting at $97,000 I really think the Hybrid version is a bit of a waste with only giving you on average of 10 mpg in the city and highway over a big V8 motor. I think Lexus needs to come out with an all-electric version because 29 mpg isn’t enough to get me excited especially for a hundred thousand dollar car. No significant benefits are shown for going with a hybrid motor because I personally think you leave unnecessary performance lost when all-electric cars perform better than this

Interior/ infotainment

The interior is truly were the LC500 shines. The 4×4 seating will rival the best that’s out there. The LC500 comes standard with a 10.3-inch infotainment display, a Remote Touchpad controller with Apple CarPlay, and finally Android auto in the 2021 model standard. Amazon Alexa is also available as an assistant. The features in the LC 500 give you everything that you could ask for so having Navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio is expected. Dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry are included too. If the standard 12-speaker sound system isn’t good enough an upgraded 13 speaker Mark Levinson is available. The infotainment sounds great on paper, but when it comes to putting it to use is a different story. There’s a touchpad at the palm of your fingertips that causes you to spend too much time looking away from the road which I hope Lexus comes up with a more efficient way to use their infotainment system. The seats and interior are made out of the finest qualities and Lexus doesn’t cut any corners because the dash to the door handles are solid. The only real complaint besides the touchpad  I have is the AC vents and their locations. The driver only has one vent while the passenger has three. It sounds great for the passenger, but why would Lexus not show love to the Driver side. The back seats are of typical sports car fashion with not being roomy. The rears will only be comfortable for small children and small items that you might need to bring with you but don’t expect adults to enjoy the ride because they will be cramped.

Warranty

Limited Warranty 4 years or 50,000 miles

Powertrain warranty 6 years or 70,000 miles

Hybrid  8 years or 100,000 miles

Complimentary maintenance 1 year or 10,000 miles

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