By Michael Kinney
OKLAHOMA CITY — Walking through the front doors of the Bennett Event Center at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, there it stood. The first thing car fans saw as they entered the 103rd Oklahoma City International Auto Show was the 2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe.
Situated next to a non-descript Lexus sign, the luxurious machine didn’t need much hype to bring attention to it. For many who came to the auto show, it was almost impossible not to notice the LC 500 Coupe, despite hundreds of other automobiles filling the State Fair Arena. Throughout the three-day run of the show, the Coupe constantly drew crowds and onlookers.
Decked out in deep black paint, with only the slightest hints if a silver trim, the LC 500 gave off a daring and sexy vibe to onlookers, who instinctively felt a need to put their hands on the exterior.
It included shiny 20 inch, 10 spoke cast allow rims and run-flat tires.
Unlike some of the other high-profile luxury car brands and their highlighted vehicles, Lexus officials encouraged people to get into the coupe and try it on for size.
What they found once they opened the doors felt like a 5-star hotel on wheels. Surrounded by suede type leather, it had the feel of complete comfort.
From the dashboard to the headrest to the steering wheels, the LC 500 was ensconced in tan suede. The heated front seats were also leather-trimmed.
It was easy to see the work Lexus put into making the smallest details pop. That includes the leather-trimmed shift knob, which takes an hour to craft, according to Lexus.
However, space is limited inside the coupe. While it may be perfect for a night out on town, lugging a family of four across the country could be uncomfortable.
It does include such features as push-button start, Bluetooth, Navigation, a blind-spot monitor and a mobile hot spot.
Under the hood stood a 5.0-liter V-8. It pumps out 471 horsepower and 398 pounds of torque. It has a 10-speed sport direct shift with magnesium paddle shifters.
The fuel economy for the Lexus LC 500 Coupe is solid for this type of ride. It gets 16 MPG in the city and 25 on the highway.
According to Kelly Walk, a longtime Lexus owner in Oklahoma City, he was able to test drive the Coupe. He and other Lexus owners were able to take the car for a spin around a track to see if it lived up to the high bar Lexus has set in the past.
“It handles amazing,” Walk said. “We got to drive it around a track. Only one lap, but it was smooth and powerful. It cornered as well as the Corvette and is as luxurious as you would expect for a Lexus. It had a great response when you punched the accelerator and turned the steering wheel. I wish I would have had a couple of more laps on the track with it.”
The sticker price for the fully loaded 2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe is $106, 120.00. The base price is closer to $93,000.
Lexus is expected to debut the LC 500 convertible nationally this summer.
Photos by Michael Kinney