2018 Lexus LC Review: A Closer Look at This Athletic, Luxury Sports Car

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A lot has been said about the 2018 Lexus LC with discussions ranging from its re-imagined body to its advanced safety technology. However, questions abound as to whether the SUV is capable of challenging its rivals at the market place. With V8 engine which is more superior to the popular V6 on most other leading sports cars, the LC encompasses almost everything that makes a luxury sports car great. The car is expected to come with a 10-speed automatic transmission for a smooth ride and confident handling.

Engine Overview

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The 2018 Lexus LC will be paired with a 5.0 litre V8 engine used in the GS F and Lexus RC F models. Its horsepower has however been increased from 467 to 471 with a modest torque of 398 lb-feet. This is because of improved exhaust and intake. So, with this car you get more power, better acceleration and more efficient engine. Apparently, the car can reach 60-miles per hour in less than 4.5 seconds. When it comes to type of gearbox, the all new LC features a 10-speed automatic transmission that makes it a beast off the line. Shifts from the new transmission are smooth and quick for better control of the car and uninterrupted speed. According to the manufacturer, the 2018 Lexus LC is expected to have a top track speed of 168 MPH, which is incredible for a sports car.

The Lexus LC will also be available in a hybrid version. This version will feature a 3.5 litre V6 engine as well as two electric motors. Its horsepower is said to be 354HP for efficient driving performance.

Car Handling

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The 2018 Lexus LC will feature Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) and operate on enhanced gearbox with Direct-Shift electronically controlled transmission. The transmission will have paddle shifters made from magnesium to give you more control over this SUV. Worth noting is that the 2018 LC is likely to run on petrol only. Unlike some sports cars that tend to suffer from a stiff suspension and rough ride, this car offers stable handling and smooth ride. It features a multi-link double joint rear and front suspension with forged aluminium parts, adhesive bonded stabilizer bar, coil springs and shock absorbers. Its brakes deliver plenty of stopping power and exhilarating performance although it is not purely athletic like some of its rivals. Although it looks sort of intimidating from the outside, it offers a relaxed drive.

Exterior

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The 2018 Lexus LC has a very visually striking design with athletic elegance. It features a grille pattern with tightly compressed mesh at the top which further transitions to a wider diamond at the bottom. Equally important is its compact LED triple-projector headlight between the bumper and the wheels that looks fantastic. In addition, it boasts LED rear lamps designed to create a powerful presence. Its rear design elements are recessed and pushed to the far corners creating a high-end feel.

Besides that, the car spots two stainless-steel exhausts with chrome tailpipe finisher at the back. The LC also comes with standard 20 inch’ wheels measuring 245/45RF20 in the front and 275/40RF in the rear while riding on a 113-inch wheelbase. It fits the bill in terms of size with a length of 187.4”, width of 75.6” and height of 53” aligning it closely with its rivals.

Interior

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The 2018 Lexus LC interior is expected to outshine those of its top rivals like Mercedes-Benz and Audi. It feels roomy with a modern look that is simply breathtaking. Most of the surfaces feature soft and plush materials as well as handsome metal accents. The front seats are made of leather with 10-way power adjustments for plenty of bolstering and added comfort. The downside is that the rear seats are too cramped to comfortably accommodate adult passengers.

Everything from the dashboard, cargo space, steering wheel, control knobs and the paddle shifters seem to be well thought out. It has a two-tier dashboard with built in 10.3-inch display featuring the Lexus Enform infotainment system. Besides the steering wheel comes in different circumferences for drivers of different driving styles.

Chassis

Toyota’s focus of quality materials is clear with the 2018 Lexus LC. The frame features welded steel making it very strong and stable on the road. The fenders and the hood on the other hand are made from sturdy and lightweight aluminium. In addition, the doors sport carbon fibre and aluminium material.

The LC comes with standard 20 inch aluminium wheels with a hollow rim to reduce tire noise and weight. But you can also choose the 20-inch forged aluminium wheels or to update to 21 inch forged aluminium wheels. Small stabilizing fins comes in handy behind the side mirror and aero ducts to pull air close to the car. This is made to ensure greater stability.

2018 Lexus LC Safety Technology

The LC may be built for sporty driving but it is expected to include a host of safety features under the standard Lexus Safety System + package. Some of the safety technologies to expect include:

*Pre-Collision System (PCS)

The all-new 2018 Lexus LC is likely to come with a pre-collision system. This system boasts pedestrian detection, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. In case there are potential impacts ahead including pedestrians, it automatically slows or stops the car if you fail to engage the brakes to avoid collision.

*High Beam Headlamps

This safety technology is engineered to offer more visibility for you and other drivers on the road. On detection of oncoming traffic, the intelligent high beams will automatically switch the headlights between low and high beams.

*Lane-Keep Assist

Lexus Safety System+ that is expected to come standard with the 2018 Lexus LC features various technologies to help keep you within the lanes. To begin with, it boasts Lane Departure Alert to warn if you drift out of a lane. It also comes with Steering Assist feature to automatically correct your steering to keep you within your visibly marked lane. This feature also helps you stay in the centre of your lane so you don’t experience any lane drifting.

*Braking System

Every Lexus model is designed with the latest in brake technology. With the 2018 Lexus LC, it has four-wheel power assisted disc-brakes with four sensors Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS) for better steering control when braking. It also said to have the Brake Assist feature for enhanced braking especially in panic-stop situations. Featuring Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) that regulates how much stopping power is sent to the rear and front wheels, the car is expected to have great control.

*Pop-Up Hood

The pop-up hood is designed with pedestrian safety in mind. One of the unique safety technology that are exclusive to the 2018 Lexus LC, this feature entails the use of sensors which are interconnected with the airbag system. In case of a collision, the pop-up hood moves from a low profile to a raised one essentially creating more clearance between the engine and the hood.

*Blind Spot Monitoring

The blind spot is a phenomenon that happens when a car is held between the side mirror and the body of the car in such a way that the driver cannot see it in the mirror. This is a common cause of accident because the driver ahead might make a turn oblivious of the danger lurking a few meters behind. Thanks to its line-up of blind spot monitoring sensors, the 2018 Lexus allows you to change lanes with added confidence. Besides that, this technology can help you embark and disembark from busy parking lots with ease. What happens is that the sensors automatically detect when there is a car in the blind spot (either side) and immediately notifies the driver for swift action.

*Back-Up Camera

Reversing a car has to be one of the toughest tasks a driver must contend with. Looking over the shoulders or having to rely solely on side-mirrors often leaves a small margin of error, which often results in mishaps. What 2018 Lexus LC’s camera does is that it gives the driver a clear view of the rear. This makes it convenient to drive in reverse as one can make judgments based on the accurate back-up camera that is carefully mounted above the license plate.

Final Word

The 2018 Lexus LC has its upsides and downsides. Worth noting, however, is that this sports car is poised to become a market-leader once it hits the market. Its exterior, though intimidating, offers an aggressive and rugged impression complete with athletic elegance. At the core of this machine is a well-thought-out chassis, which combines a bit of steel with aluminium and carbon fibre. Steel is in itself a strong piece of metal, which means that the car’s body is tough. On the downside, though, steel is quite heavy which also means the car is a bit heavy. Fortunately, some of its parts are made from aluminium and carbon fibre, which helps in keeping the car within moderate proportions. Its line-up of safety system is also something worth writing home about. It remains to be seen just how this small beast will perform when put against its competitors from BMW and Mercedes.