OpenRoad Driver Volume 14 Issue 1 - Page 46

46 » OpenRoad Driver Reviews by Andrew Ling 2018 Lexus LC 500 / LC 500h hybrid coupe » Combining an exciting design and exhilarating performance, the all-new Lexus LC luxury coupe gives Canadians new reasons to fall in love with both the brand and the open roads that crisscross our picturesque country. The LC series is the first Lexus based on an all-new rear-wheel- drive platform known as GA-L. Key to this platform is a low centre of gravity and centralized positioning of components to deliver an even more dynamic driving experience. The car is offered as two models – the LC 500 and the LC 500h hybrid – both inspired by the LF-LC fuel-cell concept car. Heavily enhanced with high-strength steel and carbon fibre, the LC has the highest torsional stiffness amongst all Lexus vehicles. Powering the LC 500 is the latest iteration of the Lexus 5.0L V8 that graces both the RC F and the GS F. With 471 hp and a ten- speed automatic transmission, the LC 500 promises an exhilarating driving experience to match its sharply angled sheet metal and massively meshed grille. The LC 500h introduces an all-new Lexus multi-stage hybrid powertrain system that has specifically been designed for high- performance vehicles. Delivering 354 hp, the system is built around the latest lithium-ion hybrid battery coupled with a 3.5L V6 engine. Inside, the LC features a sumptuous interior with precisely stitched leather spread across complex surfaces, once again showcasing Lexus’ renowned attention to detail.