LFA Decimates LC500 in Lexus Halo Car Duel
Two greatest Lexus performance cars in the modern era go head-to-head with predictable results.
The range-topping performance model in the modern Lexus lineup is the LC500, but back in 2012, the LFA held that role for the Japanese luxury automaker. The folks from the CarWow YouTube channel recently got ahold of an LC500 and an LFA at the same time, so they decided to race the two head-to-head to see how the brand’s two top performance cars of the modern era match up to each other.
As you might be guessing from the title or from what you know of the two cars, the LFA handily wins the races, but the LC500 hangs with the supercar in a different type of test.
The video begins with CarWow host Mat Watson giving us a basic introduction to each of the vehicles. He is driving the new LC500, which is powered by a naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 480 horsepower and 540 newton-meters of torque in British figures, 471 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque for Americans. The LC500 weighs around 1,950 kilograms, or 4,300 pounds, and costs around 74,000£, or around $95,000 US dollars.
His competitor is a 2012 Lexus LFA, which is powered by a naturally aspirated, 4.8-liter V10 with 560 horsepower and 480 newton-meters of torque, 553 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque for Americans. The LFA weighs around 3,500 pounds and when new, it cost around 340,000£, which is $433,000 US dollars based on the current conversion rate.
In other words, the LFA has more horsepower, less torque and less weight, while costing far more than the LC500.
The two Lexus halo cars race from a stop at first, and it is barely a race. As soon as both cars move, the LFA jumps out to a big lead even with traction issues and it just keeps on pulling away. On the top end, the LFA ran a 12.5 quarter mile while the LC500 took 13.9 seconds to cover the same distance, which is a pretty sound beating in a drag race.
As a side point, while both cars sound great, the exhaust note of the LFA is nothing short of awe-inspiring. You definitely want to watch this with your sound turned up.
Next, the two went from a 50-mile per hour roll, possibly reducing the impact of the extra weight of the LC500, but it doesn’t really matter. When both drivers hammer down, the dueling Lexus coupes are side-by-side for a second, but the LFA quickly draws away to take the win.
Finally, the LC500 and the LFA both made an emergency stopping maneuver at 70 miles per hour. Not only does the LFA weigh far less, but it also has carbon ceramic brakes while the LC500 has traditional steel rotors. With that in mind, you might expect the LFA to stop far faster, but that is not the case. Remarkably, the LC only takes a few more feet to come to a complete stop from 70, showcasing the quality of the braking components in their current range-topping super-coupe.
In the end, the LFA is clearly the better performance car, but we should keep in mind that the LC500 is not designed to be a proper supercar. The LC is a full-production luxury coupe engineered to deliver the high performance driving experience and it does that very well at a fraction of the cost of the LFA.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!