Say hello to one of the most interesting luxury coupes we’ve seen in a while. Witness the reinvigorated soul of Lexus. The 2018 Lexus RC 500 from 2018 form Lexus’ first full-size luxury coupe range since the SC430 jelly bean.
Crowning the range, the LC 500 definitely looks like a piece: its exotic face attracts attention wherever it goes. LED headlights with thin blades, like war paint cuts, adorn the face of the car, as does the gaping hourglass grille. On a standard Lexus RX 350, the look has always turned out to be a burning and grim mess, but on this coupe cut down, it stops other cars and pedestrians in their tracks.
Keeping an eye on the trunk, the position of the LC 500 narrows momentarily in the middle, echoing an hourglass silhouette pinched in its middle part, before being bumped again to accommodate its rear hips. The tail ends with an elegant upward movement, the name of the car is scribbled in a discreet silver lettering that you would have to approach to read. The aesthetic balance is divine.
A new dual-chamber air intake system increases the horsepower of four horses and nine-pound torque, thanks to a secondary intake flow that opens at high revs. This gives the LC500 peaks of 471 hp at 7100 rpm and 398 lb-ft at 4800 hp.
An 2018 lexus RC 500 base will cost you $ 92,000. As our test car was technically a pre-production model, she did not have an official Monroney.