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Fi Stunner for the Luxurious Long Haul

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The Lexus LC 500 is indeed very real, and so very, very good. And its unbroken lineage may only be the second most interesting thing about it, because that hero-car-in-a-science-fiction-movie exterior hides a roaring naturally-aspirated V-8 engine and rides on the company's new GA-L rear-wheel-drive platform. That's right, not only did Lexus build a ridiculously cool concept car, but it made a grand touring coupe with some of the most old-school underpinnings around. The sumptuous interior rivals anything from the European kings of the luxury game, while the fat, rumbling exhaust note is unlike anything that's come out of a Lexus tailpipe before—save for the LFA, of course. This must be what it means to not be boring anymore.

It's almost unbelievable that this is from the same company often derided for its middle-management snoozemobiles. And therein lies the rub: Ultimately, the LC 500 will be judged on whether it can help Lexus crack into the upper echelons of the luxury market. The stakes are considerably higher at that magic six-figure price point, where discerning buyers have different expectations of both the car and the brand behind it. In isolation, in the dreamy haze of conception, the car is a stratospheric home run. But to see just where it lands, The Drive borrowed a 2018 Lexus LC 500 for a week of fun in the Southern California sun.

Kyle Cheromcha

The Pros

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If there's one thing Lexuses (Lexii?) are known for, it's comfortable cabins, but the LC kicks it up a notch by offering one of the coolest 2+2 interiors on sale today. Step inside and you're instantly enveloped in waves of rich, buttery leather and ripples of Alcantara that give the space a futuristic, swept-back vibe; however, Lexus wisely anchored the whole motif around a dash with plenty of clean, straight lines that provide order and structure to the proceedings. If there's one place the LC 500 feels like a bargain at $100,000, it's the interior. Everything feels special, from the solid aluminum switchgear, to the featherweight magnesium paddle shifters, to the way the tachometer physically slides across the gauge cluster to reveal more on-screen menus. Also, any car that has twin "oh shit" grab handles for the passenger gets extra credit in my book.

Despite its exotic demeanor, the LC 500 is surprisingly usable in both everyday driving and on an eponymous grand tour. It's not as demanding as a Jaguar F-Type, not as high-strung as an Aston Martin, and not as big as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe. At low speeds, especially in Comfort mode, and it's almost possible to forget there are eight cylinders exploding a few feet in front of you, and the adaptive dampers keep your spine intact over bumps. Its relatively generous ground clearance means that delicate (and expensive) mesh grille will clear most slanted driveways without trouble. 

Simultaneously, few cars will ever make you think less about a casual five-hour jaunt for fish tacos in San Diego. The LC 500's incredible interior, sonorous engine, and sweeping driving dynamics all combine for one of the best grand touring experiences on sale today. An extremely low center of gravity helps boost its lively handling even further, while its beefy brakes are more than enough for an impromptu detour in search of canyon roads to carve. The car has the heart of an LFA, but the soul of an LS.

Kyle Cheromcha

The Cons

Several of this $100,000 car's (admittedly few) faults are tied directly to the fact that the Lexus LC 500 tips the scales at 4,378 pounds—just shy of a new Toyota 4Runner. You notice the weight, too; the car doesn't feel sluggish, but its heft does contribute to a slight tendency to understeer that holds you back a bit during aggressive driving. 

That weight also might explain the interesting fuel economy figures, which come in at 26 mpg on the highway thanks to the 10-speed's overdrive gears but plummet to 16 mpg around town. I was skeptical at first, but those numbers basically line up with what I saw. The thirst is real.

Its heavier feel also plays into its biggest problem: The rest of the market. Sure, the LC 500 feels more usable than most in everyday driving, and Toyota's famed reliability doesn't hurt either. But this car's approach might not prove a winner in today's world. It's quick and agile...but it's not really built for the track. And yes, it's got a thunderous engine...but its power specs fall short of the competition, and it's weighed down by all the creature comforts on board. 

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