Lexus LC: First GenerationReviews

Autoblog Drives the Lexus LC 500 Prototype

Lexus LC Prototype Driving

Automotive journalist Andrew English was one of the lucky few to drive the Lexus LC 500 during different stages of its development, and he’s written about the experience for Autoblog:

Afterward, [LC Chief Engineer] Sato and I discussed the car’s dynamics and he agreed with me on the rear steering system, but not with my thoughts on the steering being still marginally over-assisted. I told him I thought the LC was starting to have a clear dynamic fingerprint, with a soft but responsive turn-in and faithful tracking through a bend, but the ability to powerslide wide if the driver so wished. Sato-san looked delighted.

“What I am most happy with,” he said, “is the precision of the steering and the way the yaw builds up. There’s still a gap between where we are and where we want to be, and the rear steering requires work, but we are getting our own ‘taste’ into the car. It’s not a BMW and not Jaguar, but ours.”

  • P
  • January 20, 2016
Fantastic! It has been a bane of the performance crowd for years how the traction systems on Lexus vehicles were either abrupt, too late, or altogether intrusive. This will be more than a happy medium and I would love to find out whether they can set the limits to be oh-so-right.
  • O
  • January 21, 2016
Why even invite motor journalists that have zero knowledge of fine chassis tuning??? They have no credibility whatsoever!! I'd rather trust a race car driver's feedback than that of a "lobbyist"!!