The police cruiser sidled into my rearview mirror and my hands reflexively tightened on the 2018 Lexus LC 500’s leather-clad steering wheel. Shit. I was sure I hadn’t just done anything illegal. Well, pretty sure. The cop followed closely behind the Lexus for two very long city blocks. Finally, after turning at an intersection and then stopping for a light, he pulled up alongside me. “Is that the replacement for the RC 350?” he called out. “Uh, no, it’s not. It’s… its own thing,” I replied cautiously, rolling the passenger side window down further. “I have an RC 350 and I’m looking to trade up,” he continued. The two other officers riding with him peered at the Lexus curiously. “Is it all-wheel-drive?” “No, sir. Rear.” “How much is it?” “This? Starts at $92,000.” He nodded. “And how do you like it?” I couldn’t help it. My face cracked into a very stupid grin. “It’s so great. I love it.” The officer nodded again. “Good. Have a nice day.” And he waved me forward. Occurrences like these were common when I had the LC 500. Common. People would come right up to the alien-looking thing, not at all shy about snapping photos and asking questions. It’s not just the looks. For what it is, a real luxury V8 grand tourer, the LC 500 truly stands out in a crowded automotive landscape filled with endless boring, identical SUVs. That’s what makes it truly special. (Full disclosure: Lexus wanted us to drive the 2018… [Read full story]
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