How much has Lexus’ game been elevated with the LC500?
Admittedly, there’s one major area that automotive journalists have failed to explore: in-brand competition. Sure, there’s the occasional video or article comparing a newer version of a car with its predecessor or even a BMW M2 vs M4 mashup outlining why the smaller car is much better value, but it’s nothing like what racing driver Randy Pobst has managed to do here. His skill and access to just about any car he wants allows him to think up experiments like this, a comparison of the entire performance segment of a brand.
It’s a tough feat to do for, say, the entire AMG division, but at the same time, who wouldn’t want to see that? His experiment here is a thorough investigation into the character of the entire Lexus performance division. Three tracks await Pobst and his guest Justin Bell, each with a separate fast Lexus.
Even though there are only two Lexus F cars in the lineup, the GS-F sedan and two-door RC-F, there is a new Lexus in the mix that features that same 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8. That would be the LC500. Lexus even thinks it’s good enough to be considered as a cheaper alternative to the Aston Martin DB11, and whether or not that’s true, the real treat here—aside from a visual representation of valuable racing tips— is the sound of that 5.0-liter V8 which begs the question, why use turbochargers again?