2018 Lexus LC500: Hybrid Supercar is a technological wonder!

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By Asian Journal Auto Editor

Lexus LC500h pic 1The LC 500 is a new flagship coupe for Lexus, and is one of the most stunning sports cars I have ever seen or driven in my life. It’s unmistakably Lexus here with the sleek, razor edge styling we have come to associate with the brand; combined with harmonious curves and detailing. Up front, LED projector headlights adorn the signature spindle shaped grille and the swoopy nose. With its various spoilers, vents and outrageous curves and creases it a supercar that looks very different to anything else out there. It is wide, low slung and yet unique enough to elicit looks of pure astonishment. And of course, it is not cheap. It uses the finest construction, materials and engineering, with aluminium for suspension components and carbon-fibre for other parts. There are two versions of the LC500; a 5.0 liter V8 engine powered version (Priced from $118,000) with 491 horsepower. and the LC500H, a hybrid version (Priced at $118,000) that mates a 3.5L V6 engine to two electric motors. With  a peak system output of 359 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque, Lexus say the LC500h is also the world’s first multi-stage hybrid with a ten-speed transmission; an automatic shift by wire transmission unit with  Simulated shift control, Multistage transmission steering and VGRS. (Variable Gear Ratio Steering). The LC 500 also features 4 Wheel Active Steering.

As for the interior, everything is unique to the LC500 with no carryover trim from other Lexus models. There is plush Alcantara leather on the inside of the doors, soft-touch leather all over the dashboard and a stunning, unique sliding tachometer ring from the LFA Concept car. The seats are super sporty, but comfortable and it’s a cockpit designed for sport driving and luxury. We tested the 2018 Lexus LC500h in an awesome white paint with a black interior trim. Standard features as you can imagine are very high, with: heated Steering Wheel with Adjustable Temperature Control, Steering Wheel Paddle Shifters Audio Controls, Voice Recognition Controls, Multi-Information Display Controls, Climate Control: Lexus Climate Concierge and Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control. The Enform audio and concierge system is also top class with: audiophile quality 13 Speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System with High Resolution Audio, Enform App Suite 2.0, Enform Safety Connect with – Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance button (SOS), and Enhanced Roadside Assistance (4 year subscription), Enform Destination Assist (1 year subscription), Embedded Traffic and Weather, Map Updates – 3 Years (Maximum).

The LC500h also comes with the performance Package will be standard on hybrid trims. It adds a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, hollow-cast 21-inch rims, active rear spoiler and carbon-fibre roof to help that weight distribution. Safety is also incredibly high, with: Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Monitor System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front Passenger Airbag Status Indicator, Dual Stage Driver & passenger Airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags, Side Roll-Sensing Curtain Airbags (RSCA), Driver and Front Passenger Knee Airbags. High Beam, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Other cool safety tech includes a pedestrian-friendly hood that fires up at different rates depending on the speed of an impact to lessen injuries to pedestrian in the event of an impact. The technical spec also includes: Adaptive Variable Suspension Front Suspension: Multi-Link Type Rear Suspension: Multi-Link big 21″ Forged Aluminum Alloy Wheels and performance Pirelli tires, 2-piece brake front rotors, Aluminum Monoblock Brake Calipers, Ventilated front and rear discs.

On the road, Lexus claims that the LC500h can reach 140 km/h on electric power alone, with an acceleration time of 96 km/h in just 4.7 seconds. It’s a very quick, satisfying, raw rush of power, that’s smoothed out by the meticulous damping of the ten- speed transmission. Handling is precise, with direct steering and a very stable, well centered feel. No doubt the Hybrid’s better 51:49 percent front–back weight distribution contributing to this. Handling and ride are both impressive thanks also to the highly engineered double-wishbone front suspension and the five-point multilink rear. The continuously adaptive shocks are tuned to handle bumps and road imperfections in milliseconds. Fuel Rating are at (City/Highway L/100KM) 8.9 / 7.0. All in all, words fail to really capture the magic of this car. It is a visual, visceral delight, it is a fast, luxurious, heart stoppingly beautiful super car from all angles. I just wish I was one of the lucky 120 owners that Lexus expects will plunk down the money for one in Canada this year. Incredibly good.

2018 Lexus LC500h base priced from $118,000 plus freight and PDI.