The 2018 Lexus LC 500 in Edmonton – Performance Figures
This summer, Lexus South Pointe is expecting the 2018 LC 500 to drive up onto our lots, available for a test drive. Of course, nothing compares to test driving a Lexus for yourself, but until then, we’ve got some tidbits for you. Let’s take a closer look at the 2018 Lexus LC 500…
Concept and Platform
The LC 500 actually started out as a design exercise and collaboration between design and engineering groups to overcome production hurdles. After Lexus senior management saw what was possible, they decided to turn the concept into a production performance vehicle. A few years later, here we are, looking into the future of Lexus performance luxury vehicles.
The LC 500 is the very first production car on Lexus’ new rear-wheel-drive premium platform. Lexus is expecting the underpinnings of this new platform will become the blueprint for Lexus’ future rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Chief Engineer Koji Sato claims “We spent more than triple the usual amount of R&D time to pursue linear steering and to find the sweet spot for road contact feel. We also focused our efforts on suspension rigidity and enhancing geometry. Thanks to advancements in product engineering, we are now at a world-class level for suspension rigidity, and performance when lateral g’s are applied.”
The standard 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V-8 engine is pushing out a staggering 471 horsepower now, up from previous figures thanks to a new dual-intake, lower friction exhaust. We’re also looking at 398 lb-ft of torque, which certainly should give a great deal of oomph to this sport coupe. If you’re considering the LC 500h hybrid, then you can look forward to 354 hp from the 3.5-litre V-6 and an electric motor combo–power practically unheard of from a hybrid vehicle. The LC 500h makes use of a multi-stage hybrid system with a four-speed final drive to make 10 different gear ratios so the LC 500h feels more like a 10-speed transmission instead of a CVT.
Lexus' Halo Car
Akio Toyoda, Chief Branding Officer and Master Driver for Lexus, had this to say about the LC 500, Lexus’ new “Halo” car that will lead Lexus into new territory: “The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me, personally…” “A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design, and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”
We’re certainly excited about what’s in store for us and our customers with the new 2018 Lexus LC 500, and we expect to have it in summer 2017. In the meantime, we welcome you to contact us should you have any questions about the vehicle. Our Sales staff are just as excited about it as you are, after all!
|18MY LC HV
|17 MY BMW
911 Carrera S
|General||Drive Type / Body Style||RWD Coupe||RWD Coupe||RWD Coupe||AWD Coupe||RWD Coupe||RWD Conv.|
|Engine||5.0 V8||3.5L V6||3.0 V6 supercharged||4.4 V8 twin turbo||3.0 H-6 twin turbo||4.7 V8 twin turbo|
|Transmission||10sp automatic||Multistage HV||8sp automatic||8sp automatic||7sp auto shift clutchless||9sp automatic|
|Suspension||Adaptive Variable||Adaptive Variable||Adaptive, driver controlled||Automatic, driver||Adaptive, driver controlled||Adaptive, driver controlled|
|0-60 mph* (seconds)||4.4||4.7||4.8||4.5||4.3||4.3|
* Per CDN OE website
Comparing mayor specs, the LC Performance package has some important powertrain advantages against its main competitors. The standard 10 spq. automatic and available LSD counter the 650i’s standard AWD and high torque figures.