The emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the 2019 Lexus LC 500 flagship performance coupe. A concept car come to life, the Lexus LC 500 combines stunning design, scintillating performance, long-distance comfort and premium craftsmanship to join an elite group of international grand touring coupes.
The Lexus LC 500 blends emotional design and high performance like few other cars on the road. In 2019 that focus continues as Lexus further refines the driving experience of its flagship coupe.
New Standard Features:
Reprogrammed shift logic for 10-speed automatic transmission
Range of Adaptive Variable Suspension expanded for enhanced ride comfort
Enhanced steering, revised VGRS and change to aluminum steering support bracket
Modified rear engine mounts
Amazon Alexa integration and Apple CarPlay Compatible
Lexus Enform Remote (smart watch and Amazon Alexa skill integration)
Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation and Voice Command
Lexus Enform Wi-Fi
New color: Obsidian exterior added
The 2019 Lexus LC 500 is powered by a high-performance V8 focusing on driving excitement. Based on the engine in the Lexus GS F an RC F high-performance models, the LC 500 version raises the output to 471 hp and 398 lb.-ft of peak torque. The LC 500 can sprint from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.6 seconds. It’s a well-proven performance engine, with a low-mass reciprocating assembly using lightweight forged connecting rods, along with titanium intake and exhaust valves to allow a 7,300-rpm redline. The 32-valve cylinder heads, equipped with performance-tuned Variable Valve Timing (VVT-iE), take full advantage of the engine’s low internal friction and aggressive valvetrain specs.
The D-4S injection system uses direct fuel injection that allows a high compression ratio (12.3:1), augmented by port fuel injectors to enhance low-speed response. Under acceleration, the 2019 Lexus LC 500 V8 reveals its character in a continuously rising power curve, with the 471 hp developed at 7,100 rpm and the torque peak sustained from 4,800-5,600 rpm. The fast-revving V8 issues a stunning soundtrack amplified by a special resonance tube connecting the intake to the firewall, plus a standard Active Exhaust that rumbles and roars like a high-performance GT should. The driver can adjust the natural exhaust sound level via the Drive Mode Select system. The V8 is a good citizen, too, switching to the Atkinson cycle to enhance fuel efficiency at cruising speeds and Otto cycle for higher performance levels when accelerating.
Among the changes for the 2019 LC 500 is a revised shift program for the 10-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission. The updated programming is designed to provide smoother shifts at part throttle while still offering more forceful gear changes at wider throttle openings. Updates to the Adaptive Variable Suspension include new bushings on the damper rods and a switch to independent rebound and compression orifices. Both changes allow for an expanded range of damping force for enhanced overall comfort. To improve steering feel, the assist levels have been altered along with stiffer steering box bushings, a more robust aluminum steering support mounting at the instrument panel and revised Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) tuning. In addition, the rear engine mount has been redesigned to further isolate drivetrain vibrations.
V8, aluminum block and cylinder heads
DOHC, 32-valve, Dual VVT- I (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence)
5.0 liters / 4,969 cm / 303.2 cu. in
Bore x Stroke
94.0 X 89.5 mm / 3.7 X 3.5 in
12.3 : 1
471 HP @ 7,100 rpm
398 lb. -ft @ 4,800 rpm
EFI (Electrical Fuel Injection), D-4S (Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline Superior)
95 RON / 91 AKI
LEV III-ULEV 70
Front engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD)
10-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic with paddle shift and manual mode
Center Differential Type
Limited Slip (available)
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
13.0 sec @ 112 mph
EPA FUEL ESTIMATED
16 mpg City/ 25 mpg Highway/ 19 mpg Combined
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
The 2019 Lexus LC 500 represents the most passionate expression of the Lexus brand. The eye-catching coupe displays a unique mesh grille that spreads across the front of the car. It has a large glass panel and blacked-out rear pillars that creates a floating roof appearance. Chrome-plated moldings along the edges echo the lines of a traditional Japanese sword. You can also order an optional carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof for an even more exotic look. The taillamps were inspired by the glow of a jet’s afterburners while the ultra-compact, triple-projector LED headlamps are not only striking, they’re half the size of conventional headlamps.
The LC emphasizes a balance between function and comfort, sporting intent and luxury. The low instrument panel position, hood line and narrow pillars give the driver a commanding view of the road. To build a sense of continuity, the flowing lines of the door panels serve as an extension of the exterior that flows from the hood and through the windshield. Available exterior colors for the 2019 Lexus LC 500 include Caviar, Obsidian, Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Liquid Platinum, Ultra White, Infrared, Autumn Shimmer and Nightfall Mica.
Lexus designers paid close attention to detail when creating the LC. The exclusive seats feel as good as they look. With a two-part construction technique, the seatback drapes over the shoulder area and then wraps around the seat back. Components in the shoulder area help hold the driver securely in cornering maneuvers. In addition, the steering wheel cross section changes around its circumference to allow for variations in grip and twisting of the wrist. The front passenger also has not been ignored; the side of the center console rises to form an integrated grab handle.
The quality finish of the upholstery, trim materials and detailing reflect the Takumi craftsmanship and attention to detail which Lexus is known for. It can be seen and felt in the hand stitching of the leather-wrapped gearshift lever and the draping treatment of the Alcantara door panel trim, among numerous other details. Available interior color schemes for the 2019 Lexus LC 500 include Black Leather, Toasted Caramel Leather, Rioja Red Leather and Bespoke White Leather. All interiors are complimented with exposed Satin Metallic ornamentation.
75.6 in (without mirror)
Max Cargo Capacity
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus LC 500 is a four-passenger luxury sport coupe offered in single trim levels with Several packages and stand-alone options. The LC 500h hybrid is reviewed separately.
Standard features include 20-inch wheels, an adjustable suspension, LED exterior lights, automatic high-beam control, heated and auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, ambient interior lighting, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, leather-upholstered front seats, simulated leather rear seats, a 10.3-inch central display, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, dynamic voice control, in-car Wi-Fi, two USB ports, and a 12-speaker audio system with satellite radio. Safety features include a forward collision warning with automatic braking and lane departure warning and intervention.
There are a few options and packages available so you can tailor the LC 500. The All-Weather package (heated steering wheel and windshield de-icer), the Convenience package (front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert) and the Touring package (a simulated-suede headliner, upgraded leather upholstery and the Mark Levinson audio system). The Sport package adds front sport seats with simulated-suede inserts, while the Performance package starts with the Sport pack plus a carbon-fiber roof, an adaptive rear spoiler, an active rear steering system, variable-ratio steering, carbon-fiber kick plates and the simulated-suede headliner.
Stand-alone options include 20- and 21-inch wheels, a head-up display, a Torsen limited-slip differential, and a 13-speaker premium Mark Levinson audio system.
The 2019 Lexus LC 500 has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) right around $93,200, including destination fees.