When the time came to replace my aging 2008 BMW M6 (V10) the LC 500 immediately caught my eye. My wife has owned various Lexus SUVs for years, and although none of them or their sedans are my cup of tea, the new coupe was something I had to check out. We have a long first hand experience with the exceptional build quality one can expect from Lexus. My first impression was "wow, gorgeous." And it is. I was hooked after the initial test drive. Very powerful, but much more nimble than the M6. It is a heavy car, like the BMW, but without the "boat" feel. The exhaust note, although not a Formula 1 sound like the my M6 (with aftermarket Tubi pipes) is deep, pleasing, and sometimes almost throaty like a muscle car of another era. I absolutely love the sound, which is pronounced in the high performance mode, more quiet in normal or comfort mode. I got mine with every available option, and I can tell you the 4 wheel steering is incredible. I used to hate traffic circles. Now I love to drive them. The LC hugs the curves like it is glued to the road. You can accelerate going INTO a curve (as well as out), no problem. I had to order mine from Japan because with all of the options, there were none available in the US at the time in Infrared paint upgrade. This is a special 5 coat paint that changes with the time of day and angle of the sun. Incredible. People stop by my parking space and take selfies next to my care. I could go on and one. I've owned a lot of automobiles in my life, and the LC 500 is my favorite. I am so glad I own one. Worth every penny if you are fortunate to be able to afford one.
Ive owed just about everything and purchased the Lexus LC500 recently and had to write a response and review regarding my opinion. First, this car has some of the finest fit and finish materials and unique designs throughout. It is extremely comfortable to drive and more than enough power to enjoy flashing through the 10 speed and let me tell you the sound you can generate with 10 gears paddling up and down is superb! You could NOT find a more reliable or fun coupe for this money with any other manufacturer! If you've owned Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati etc... like me you know how much they cost to maintain! This car is bullet proof nd easy on the pocket book...do yourself a favour and consider the Naturally aspirated V8 to your collection, you will never regret it!
I test drove the LC a couple weeks ago, and I must say, it was quite the experience. I could just imagine myself sitting in the driveway and just listening to the rumble of the engine. Just knowing that it was going to be a fun ride to work that day would put a big smile on my face.
Lexus has done a great job with this car!
When it comes to sports cars, there is commonly an area where you have to compromise in while enjoying the dominant features of the car, but not this time. Just sitting inside the car, you feel like it was made just for you. Very comfortable with all controls easy to access. You don’t feel scrunched it at all. It’s a very welcoming, personal feeling while you hear the rumble of the engine. While the engine is very easily heard from outside the car, you don’t feel overpowered by it from the inside. And when you give this thing gas, it’s like a comforting, yet powerful push forward. It’s like the car just screams dominance while just waiting for you to unleash the 471 hp under the hood.
Although others have posted complaints with the brakes, I only heard one squeak noise as I entered the street from the parking lot, and then nothing else over the hour and 15 min test drive. In fact, I was very impressed by the braking system. Very responsive and did an excellent job slowing the car down at high speeds.
As soon as I’m able to, I’ll be purchasing one for myself.
A great roadsters! You never want to stop driving it.After owning the car for 4 months I need to update my review.
I wish I saw other reviews about braking squeals. Just took it in for same squealing front breaks at stops. For a 4 month old car with 3900 miles Lexus states they are aware of problem but does not have fix. A$100k car with this issue known but not solved is unacceptable. Also was informed a recall on fuel injection system is coming but no replacements parts at dealers yet. Owners have not gotten notice yet, only dealers. BEWARE, Lexus does not appear how to build high performance vehicles yet. We are trial owners.