Really? Can a Lexus beat an Aston Martin??
Take a good look at the Lexus LC 500 and the Aston Martin DB11 V8. Which is prettier? Impossible to answer because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Despite its unusual styling, the LC 500 is a wondrous thing to look at, especially in the flesh. There are just so many interesting angles and shapes and curves going on. It's impossible to mistake it for something not from Japan. Whereas the DB11 V8 is about as beautiful as you can get coming out of the UK.
No, the DB11 V8 is not conservatively styled, it's just very different than the LC 500. Same goes for under the hood. The DB11 V8 has a twin-turbo V8 courtesy of AMG while the LC 500 has a naturally aspirated V8. Both, however, are GT cars and that's why they're the subject of this latest Motor Trend Head to Head.
If you follow MT then you'll know the DB11 V12 scored a last place finish in its annual Best Driver's Car competition, a fact that surprised many, including the MT staffers. But the V8-powered version is not only lighter, its suspension is better balanced and, overall, it's the preferable of the two. As for the LC 500, it was the big surprise of that same competition. Save for its disappointing tires, it's actually damn good on the track – for a GT car. GT, of course, stands for Grand Touring, but having some track cred is always a good thing. So, does the LC 500 surprise everyone again and defeat the Aston Martin DB11 with the preferred V8 engine? Check out the episode above to find out.