2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Sport Coupe: A Blast From the Future

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2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Sport Coupe: A Blast From the Future

Pricing for the new 2018 Lexus LC 500h begins at $96,510. Optional packages include Touring, Sport, Sport with Carbon, and Performance with Carbon. Adding any of these packages along with the usual delivery, processing, and handling fees places the new luxury hybrid sport coupe at a smooth 100 grand or higher. That price point is not for everyone and Lexus says they expect to sell only about 100 of the new LC 500h models. Our tester was a pre-production unit so it did not arrive with a copy of a window sticker. It arrived in what appeared to be Touring trim with the optional head-up display. Lexus estimates the fuel economy for this new luxury hybrid coupe as 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. We saw just slightly less than these figures but we were running the AC the entire time we drove the vehicle.

2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Sport Coupe: A Blast From the Future

This car was a blast to drive. Even though it looks gorgeous just sitting in the driveway it begs to be driven. The new multi-stage hybrid powertrain was surprisingly powerful and even in Eco driving mode this baby will go. Lexus says this is the first hybrid that will spin the rear tires and, um, yes it will. Extra care is required in traffic as other drivers tend to stare at it so long they begin drifting toward where they are looking. This car looks like it came from a Lexus showroom in the future. It is an attention getter so be prepared to answer lots of questions. Or just drop the hammer and give them a look at the car’s great rear fascia design.

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David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.