2022 Lexus LC 500

by Mike Hunter

Power is meaningless if it doesn’t make us feel something. With a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, a 7,300-rpm redline and a blistering 4.4-second 0-to-60 time, Lexus offers a truly visceral driving experience. The engine channels sound through the cabin from front to rear as it accelerates, creating unique frequencies calibrated to elicit specific emotional responses.

Specifically designed for the LC, this exclusive transmission has one of the fastest shift times among conventional automatic transmissions, changing gears in 0.12 seconds. The system also adapts to the driver’s driving style by selecting the optimum gear based on vehicle speed, acceleration and the driver’s driving habits.

The high-performance braking system in the LC boasts massive monoblock aluminum six-piston front calipers with two-piece brake rotors, as well as large, high-friction-coefficient brake pads for serious stopping power.

The stunning taillamps were inspired by the dramatic glow of a jet’s afterburners. Crafted to produce an infinite mirror effect, they feature 80 LEDs on either side. This evocative design creates even, dimensional illumination with impressive depth and no visible grain. And, when turned off, a sleek gray surface is revealed.

The available full-color Head-Up Display can project key information about audio, speed, current gear and RPM onto the windshield. Display information can be adjusted to suit the driver. The motion of the flush exterior door handles was inspired by the welcoming gesture of having a door courteously held open. On approach to the vehicle, the handles gracefully extend outward, and inset LEDs illuminate. As the doors close, or after 15 seconds, the lighting fades.

2022 Lexus LC 500
MSRP: $100,725
City: 16 mpg
Hwy: 25 mpg
Trans: 10-speed automatic
0-60: 4.4 sec

Did You Know: Owners can manage their vehicle on the go with the Lexus app, which makes it possible to do everything from starting the vehicle remotely from a smartphone to scheduling a service appointment with a few simple taps, and much more. The Lexus app is available for download from the Apple App Store® or Google Play™ store.

Photos courtesy of Lexus

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