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    Entries in sport coupe (3)

    Wednesday
    Oct112017

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 Aston Martin DB11

     Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 Aston Martin DB11

    For most drivers, owning an Aston Martin is a lofty goal, if not completely out of reach. Luckily, you don’t need to spend upward of $200K for an intense driving experience, as AMCI Global testing reveals that the new Lexus LC 500 matches the DB11 in handling, lap times, and more.

    We dug a little deeper to see how the 2018 Lexus LC 500 compares to the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 overall, including performance, fuel economy, and interior features. Read on, then visit Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose to make your dreams come true:

    Performance

    Lexus LC 500

    Comparisons to the DB11 began as soon as the LC 500 was released, with reviewers touting it as the “Japanese Aston Martin.” Rumors turned into facts when AMCI Global released its closed-course testing results, revealing that the Lexus coupe, enhanced with the Performance Package, was equal to the DB11 in overall handling, lap time, wet cornering, and slalom performance.

    The 2018 Lexus LC 500 (which also has a hybrid option, the 500h) has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters. The Performance Package includes Active Rear Steering Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, active rear wing, Alcantara headliner, and carbon fiber door scuff plates.

    The LC has a fuel economy of 16 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, while the 500h gets up to 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

    Aston Martin DB11

    The 2017 DB11 has a 5.2-liter turbocharged V12 engine that's hard to beat (though, as it turns out, not impossible to match). The rear wheel-drive coupe makes 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and has an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

    This Aston Martin has a fuel economy of 13 MPG city and 19 MPG highway.

    Features

    Lexus LC 500

    The 2018 LC comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. Also, each model has a glass roof with sunshade, backup camera, heated and ventilated front seating, and dual-zone climate control with Climate Concierge. Standard entertainment and convenience features include Remote Touchpad controls, Lexus Navigation System, voice command, 12-speaker Premium Audio, Bluetooth tech, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect.

    Available features include Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated leather steering wheel, semi-aniline leather seating, Mark Levinson audio, and a Heads-Up Display.

    Aston Martin DB11

    The 2017 DB11 has standard front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera, and is available with Auto park assist. Notably, however, it is not available with driver assistance technology equal to the Lexus Safety System+.

    The Aston Martin coupe comes with Strathmore leather monotone interior, Alcantara headlining, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and front seat and mirror memory. In-car entertainment includes an Infotainment System, 400-watt audio, smartphone integration, satellite radio system, Bluetooth technology, and a Wi-Fi Hub.

    Pricing

    Lexus LC 500

    Starting at $92,000 MSRP

    Aston Martin DB11

    Starting at $211,995 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep202017

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC F 

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC F

    The performance-focused sports coupe segment is no longer dominated by the Germans, as Lexus has engineered a model worthy of even the most serious drivers. Plus, you can still expect top safety ratings and a distinctively sophisticated, comfortable cabin.

    Silicon Valley drivers who are ready to take the next step and get inside a 2017 Lexus RC F should come in for a visit. Those who are still doing their homework should check out our full review:

    Performance

    The RC F is the most powerful in the 2017 Lexus RC lineup. It features a 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission, and comes available with a Torque Vectoring Differential with Slalom, Track, and Standard modes. The rear-wheel drive coupe features Brembo brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, and can take you from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, with a maximum speed of 168 MPH.

    All models feature a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential, speed-activated rear wing, F-Adaptive Variable Suspension, paddle shifters, Drive Mode Select with Sport S/S+ mode, and LFA-inspired instrumentation, including a G-force display and lap timer. The Performance Package adds a carbon fiber speed-activated rear wing and roof, as well as the Torque Vectoring Differential.

    Safety and Tech

    The 2017 Lexus RC F comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth wireless, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management. Additionally, all models are equipped with the Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps, and come available with premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with color multimedia display and DVD player, Remote Touchpad controls, voice command, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destinations. The All-Weather Package gives you a windshield wiper de-icer, headlamp washers, and a heated steering wheel.

    Comfort and Convenience

    You don’t need to sacrifice comfort for performance, and the RC F is proof. All models come standard with NuLuxe interior trim, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 8-way power passenger’s seat, rear-seat armrest with trunk pass-through, Lexus Display Audio, and a Premium 10-speaker Sound System. You can also add a power moonroof and leather interior trim as individual options.

    The Premium Package adds Black Carbon Fiber interior trim, heated and ventilated front seats, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat and mirrors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package gives you Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio with 17 speakers, class-D amplifier, Clari-Fi audio processing, auto-volume tech, and machined aluminum control knobs.

    Pricing

    Starting at $64,165 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Aug232017

    Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

    Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

    In Silicon Valley, early adopters get all the glory. Whether you’re the first to use a groundbreaking new app or you’re investing seed money in a promising new venture, being at the head of the pack means you’re winning. So, don’t you want a car that reflects you’re in-the-know?

    The 2018 Lexus LC 500 is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and getting behind the wheel is further proof that we’re entering the next frontier of luxury coupes. It’s smart, innovative, and within your reach. Check out our full review, then come take one for a test spin:

    Performance

    Built on an entirely new platform, the front-engine, rear-wheel drive LC 500 is as grounded and powerful as a naturally aspirated engine gets. It’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. It makes a head-turning 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and the sport coupe goes from zero to 60 in just 4.4 seconds.

    All models of the LC, including the hybrid LC 500h, come with Adaptive Variable Suspension, Drive Mode Select with Sport S+ mode, Active Sport Exhaust, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, and LFA-inspired instrumentation, including a G-meter. Your Lexus Stevens Creek rep can get into the details with you, including the available Sport and Performance packages, as well as the TORSEN limited-slip rear differential.

    Styling and Interior

    It’s clear to see that the all-new LC 500 is a work of engineering perfection. With premium triple-beam LED headlamps and dimensional rear combination taillamps, its stand-out lighting helps you see and be seen. Flush exterior door handles with illumination both improve its aerodynamics and give it a futuristic feel, while a glass roof with sunshade rounds out the sleek silhouette. Of course, it maintains Lexus's signature spindle grille, but in a black mesh that lets the rest of the design shine.

    Inside, you have the option of Black, Toasted Caramel, Rioja Red, or Bespoke White leather seating. The LC 500 comes standard with dual zone climate control with Climate Concierge, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. It’s also available with a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, semi-aniline leather-trimmed front seats, and an Alcantara headliner.

    Safety and Technology

    All models of the 2018 Lexus LC come equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes intelligent high beam headlamps, Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist. Additionally, it comes standard with a backup camera, Remote Touchpad controls, Lexus Navigation System with 10.3-inch screen, voice command, and a 12-speaker premium audio system. The LC 500 is available with Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Heads-Up Display, and a Mark Levinson 13-speaker Surround Sound Audio System.

    Pricing

    Starting at $93,000 MSRP