Producing a car that has a dashing look all round-interior and exterior, which offers customers an exhilarating driving experience, yet not at a billion naira price tag may seem almost impossible. However, not when the 2019 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Edition is concerned because it has proved otherwise.
Akio Toyoda, Lexus chief branding manager remained true to his words when he said, “we don't want to make cars to simply fill a category. We want to make cars to fill people's heart." And that was what they achieved with the Inspiration Edition. The Lexus brand lovers in Nigeria are increasing tremendously and they sure wouldn't be able to resist the 2019 LC 500 limited-edition, which has been referred to as an epitome of the new spirit of Lexus.
Built as a grand tourer and mid-size sports car, The 2019 Lexus LC 500 made its first debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in January. It’s taking its place as the third vehicle coming from the Lexus Inspiration series and only 100 units of it will be produced.
And In case you don't know, Lexus is the luxury version of Toyota. Do stay with us on this post as Naijauto takes you round this concept car with the 2019 Lexus LC500 review.
How many trims does the 2019 Lexus LC 500 have?
The 2019 Lexus LC 500 comes in just one trim level, the 500 Coupe variant. However, it has some packages which can be customized to meet your Individual preference.
- Convenience package which offers blind-spot monitoring, Intuitive Parking Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) and rear cross-traffic alert.
- Performance package offering Alcantara suede seats and rear wheel steering
- Sports package which has front sports seats wrapped in simulated suede, 21 forged Aluminum tyres.
- Touring package includes a Mark Levinson audio system, upgraded leather upholstery, and simulated suede headliner
The 2019 Lexus LC 500 has only one trim, the Coupe
2019 Lexus LC 500 interior
The LC 500 is well-equipped as a luxury sports car and built as a two-door coupe which has four seats. Passengers are treated to plush seats and a roomier back seat when compared to most four-seater sports cars. The interior is loaded with some technologies that are just great for a short or long trip. You’ll find Dynamic voice command and a Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System to play your favorite music. Other features include
- Alcantara Headliner
- Amazon Alexa and Apple Carplay
- Multi-zone climate control with climate concierge
- Remote Touchpad
And while we drool over its dashboard, its touchpad controller is clunky. Drivers will have a hard time trying to use it. It also has a smaller trunk that's about 5.4-cubic foot, which can accommodate just two suitcases
The sports car features Amazon Alexa and Apple Carplay
The plush seats look inviting
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2019 Lexus LC 500 exterior
The Coupe's body is wrapped up in Flare Yellow to enhance the aesthetic upgrade it received for being the 2019 model. It features filter elements on its roof and lower bumper grille insert. It has a collection of Y-shaped spokes and dark 21-inch wheels to give it a quality ride.
It has a collection of Y-shaped spokes and dark 21-inch wheels
For a high-end coupe of its level, it has a generous list of standard features. They include LED exterior lights, heated and auto-dimming mirrors, adjustable suspension, keyless entry and ignition, and driver-seat memory setting just to mention.
2019 Lexus LC 500 Engine performance & Fuel economy
The 2019 LC 500 is a rear wheel drive and it's powered by a 5.0-liter V 8 engine producing 471 hp at 7,100 rpm and a torque of 398 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm. Its paired with a direct shift 10-speed automatic transmission and can run 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The top speed is 168 mph
The LC 500 is built on an aluminum and welded steel unibody.
The luxury sports car gets 16 mpg inside the city while 25 mpg for the highway.
The 2019 Lexus LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V 8 engine
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2019 Lexus LC 500 Safety features
The LC 500 hasn't gone through any crash test by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the Coupe boasts of eight airbags and a robust list of standard driver-assistance technologies, including available safety features. They are
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- Forward collision warning, automated emergency braking
- Available lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning
The LC 500 is ready to compete with other sports car
Should you buy a 2019 Lexus LC 500?
Does the 2019 Lexus LC 500 has any pros and cons?
Sure, there are pros and cons that have been spotted out from the luxury sports car. This is to make sure you know what you are getting into when you decide to make a buying decision with regards to the Coupe.
Let's see them!
Pros of 2019 Lexus LC 500
- Extraordinary cabin design and stunning interior materials
- An array of standard features
- Doubling as a sports car, yet comfortable
Cons of 2019 Lexus LC 500
- Touchpad controller is distracting and difficult to use
- There isn't much to customize when compared to other luxury sport coupes
- The interior has a limited storage space and the trunk isn't spacious to accommodate much luggage
How much does it cost to acquire the 2019 Lexus LC 500?
If you are thinking of adding the 2019 Lexus LC 500 to your car collection, it costs $92,300, excluding destination fee. However, the destination fee is $1,025 (N369, 000). Now, when you convert the price to naira, and you can buy the Coupe at N32.2 million.
Overall, the 2019 Lexus LC 500 has an impressive package that can make it compete with other grand touring cars across the globe.