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The FREE Complete Bay Area Auto Enthusiast Guide
SUPERCAR LEXUS LC500 IS A ONE OF A KIND

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
In our eyes, this one qualifies for the title of a supercar – abundant frills and high-performance rolled into one. Sharing its engine with the Lexus RC-F, the LC500 can take off from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.4 seconds topping speed at 168 mph. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine in the powerful midsize luxury coupe blasts off 471 horsepower @ 7100 rpm and 398 pounds-feet of torque @ 4800 rpm. The rear-wheel-drive ride is mated to a forceful but smooth 10-speed auto gearbox. Providing positive brake feel are 15.7-inch vented front and 14.1-inch rear discs equipped with six- and four-piston Brembo calipers respectively.
Up front, a mammoth mesh spindle grille is flanked by arrowhead LED daytime running lights with triple-projector LED headlights to indicate that this is indeed a speed demon. LEDs also deck up the rear, side signal, corner and tail lamps. Step into the well-appointed cabin and you will find an eye-catching shifter knob adorned in leather and satin-plated bezels while gas/brake pedals and footrests show off aluminum. Satin metallic finish touch is evident throughout. Niceties include 10-way power cooled/heated front seats, push-button start, analog clock, drive mode selector, power tilt/telescopic steering column, dual-zone a/c and a Lexus premium audio system. A mouse-like Remote Touch enables the driver to toggle navigation, climate, audio and phone controls, which are displayed on a 10.2-inch screen.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, front knee airbags, vehicle stability and traction controls, three-point seatbelts for all, front/rear crumple zones and side-impact beams, rearview camera, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
With its power-at-all-times engine for lead-foot drivers and graceful styling inside and out, this high-end sports coupe speaks for itself. Indeed, it is one of a kind, i.e., if the 100g price tag is of little consideration.

LC500
Tires: 245/45R20 front; 275/40/R20 rear
Wheelbase: 113 inches
Length: 187.4 inches
Suspension: double wishbone front, multilink rear
Steering: speed-sensing electric power
Weight: 4,280 pounds
Fuel capacity: 21.7 gallons
City: 16 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Base price: $92,000
Price as tested: $106,375
Web site: www.lexus.com

CALLING ALL LEXUS DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com