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    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs Porsche 911 Carrera

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs Porsche 911 Carrera

    Silicon Valley knows a thing or two about disruption, which is why the introduction of the new Lexus LC made such an impact. But naturally, San Jose drivers want to know how the luxury coupe compares to the European brands.

    In our one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera, we’ll detail how these high-end grand tourers compare in terms of value, performance, and features.

    Check it out below, then visit Lexus Stevens Creek for a test drive of the groundbreaking LC 500.

    Engine and Driving

    Lexus LC 500

    The LC is Lexus’s most powerful creation, so it competes among the best. Under the hood, it has a 5.0-liter V8 engine connected to a newly designed 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. Its engine makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and has a zero-to-60 time of 4.4 seconds. If you prefer an eco-friendly alternative, the LC has a hybrid model.

    In addition to a fresh new engine, the LC 500 is built on a state-of-the-art rear-wheel-drive GA-L platform that has a low center of gravity and intuitively distributes weight to reduce shifting and give you an effortless yet dynamic drive. All models of the 2018 LC include Adaptive Variable Suspension, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, Active Sport Exhaust, and the option for a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential. The Performance Package adds Active Rear Steering, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, an active rear wing, Alcantara headliner, and carbon fiber scuff plates.

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    The Porsche 911 lineup is wide-ranging, from the $91K base model with a flat-6 engine to the nearly $300K GT2 RS that churns out 700 horsepower. Since we’re comparing apples to apples here, this review will focus on the base model that has a comparable MSRP to the LC 500.

    The 2018 911 Carrera has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 boxer engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. If it’s important to you, the Porsche also has the option for a manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes just 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, but it’ll take you from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds or 4 seconds with the manual.

    Features and Interior

    Lexus LC 500

    If you’re shopping for a luxury coupe for everyday use, the LC is your best bet because it comes equipped with everything you need for a comfortable ride. All models feature heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a glass roof with sunshade, and the choice between leather or semi-aniline leather seating. For your convenience, it also features Voice Command, rain-sensing wipers, a Navigation System with a 10.3-inch display, Remote Touchpad controls, and Lexus Enform Apps.

    The Lexus Safety System+ is a suite of driver assistance technology that’s standard on all LC models. Additionally, you have the option to add a Heads-Up Display, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    The 911 Carrera is no budget car, so it also comes standard with luxe features, including leather seats, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, a sport leather steering wheel, and day-night rearview mirror. However, it doesn’t have the option for a glass roof, semi-aniline leather seating, or carbon fiber accessories.

    Standard equipment includes Porsche Communication Management with navigation, Sirius XM Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Car Connect Services. However, its navigation screen is smaller than that of the LC, and it’s not available with Mark Levinson audio, Remote Touchpad, voice-activated navigation, or an equivalent to the Lexus Enform apps.


    Lexus LC 500

    Starting at $92,00 MSRP

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    Starting at $91,100 MSRP