I have been driving around the UK for the last several weeks, and have driven quite a few cars with the latest V8 engines. With different car brands, the V8 engines do sound different. Why is the Lexus LC500 engine sound the best out of all I have driven to date? I decided to visit Durham area for the first time and experience lifestyle in a Lexus LC500 which was an area of unchartered waters for me. The roads and places to see were an endless environment for this car.

In 2015, my first car review was the new Ford Mustang right next to it was the stunning 1965 model in red. When I started it up, that classic V8 engine was like music to my ears. It is a sound that around the globe we all still admire. The reason I bring this up is simple when I first started the engine of the Lexus LC500, it reminded me of that vintage V8 sound I grew up with.

To replicate this sound brought shivers down my spine. Congratulations to Lexus for this because throughout the days I drove it many people noticed this roaring the V8 sound too. They were shocked to see it was not a vintage car.

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As I was driving to Bowes museum as luck have it, a 1965 Mustang was driving in front of me. I never put two car brands together in an article but I have to due to the nostalgia of the Mustang.

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Strike A Pose

I was sitting in a £198,000 brand new V8 SUV, waiting for the LexusLC500 to be delivered. When it came around the corner my mouth dropped. I felt like I was at a catwalk looking at Haute Couture, because from the moment it arrived I was in amore, the Italian word for love.

The sonic metallic red was just beautiful and the reflections of the sun and the design of the car is why I call it, Coco Chanel on wheels. Just like wearing this envious French clothing brand. There is an Haute Couture style to this car, it made me feel unique and rare.

The more I looked at the design of the car the more I felt privileged to drive it. The Takumi Masters for this LC500 had captured my inner design passion for craftsmanship. No matter what environment I parked it, the design features were striking. Despite the British weather, the Lexus looked gorgeous and it was the perfect companion for my grand tour.

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There is something very mystique about this car when I parked it in the midst. An ancient ukiyo-e painting comes to mind.

Design Features

The attention to detail that has gone into this car is unbelievable. A perfect surface has an effortless appeal. Every time I felt and took a closer look, my increasing respect for the company Lexus grew. After each coat of foundation paintwork, the car’s exterior the technique used is wet sanded by hand.

I also chose to drive behind the Lexus in another car to experience its beauty, and the matt reflecting lighting was stunning. As I overtook the Lexus it was Coco Chanel in full catwalk swing. Make sure you drive behind and beside this Lexus in motion.

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I am all about grand design living matching the car to where I live or visit.  The lifestyle and how the car emotionally connects with me is how I measure its personality. Over the years I have interviewed world champion racing car drivers and they always highlight how they feel connected to the car. I now truly understand what they mean after driving this LC500.

I very rarely continually to choose to walk around a car,  but with this LexusLc500 I walked around it non stop for hours each day. I had to do this because each time I did there were design features that I did not notice before.

There was an origami resemblance here it was designed by Japanese after all.

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The Lexus LC500 Rear View Mirror

Looking into the revision mirror view was my favorite due to the body form of the car whilst driving. The vision every time I peered into my revision mirror just gave me goosebumps. The design of beauty and simplicity are two common themes when I look at this LC500. Just like Japan’s art forms, like paper, ink, and brushes are used to show beauty, this sports car is an art of fine, intricate celebrations of Japanese creativity. It is a clear message of a new era for Lexus.

As I drove and experienced this Coco Chanel lifestyle it occurred to me that I stood alone when driving this car. The rear retractable spoiler was like icing on the couture cake. That is becoming rare in the car industry as a whole, therefore LexusLC500 touched the very soul of my luxury wellbeing.

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The role plays whilst driving this Lexus LC500 was very empowering especially when I took off at the traffic lights. The 10-speed automatic engine with a whopping 458bhp was smooth, balanced and in unison with that V8 engine, it felt organic and effortless.

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The materials used outside the car were very complex, fine engineering at its best. Carbon is a material used now at the high-end of the luxury car market. But with this Lexus Lc500, it is the contrasting materials where it sets itself apart from the rest of the sports cars.


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The Lexus LC isn’t simply a 2+2 coupé that will captivate you with its gorgeous aesthetics, it’s been perfected by a team of over 4,000 designers, engineers and technicians to deliver a truly exceptional driving experience.

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Driving around the UK I found that this car design innovation attracted attention that I did not look for.

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When I see women in sports designers cars I often think who are they? I could tell every time the public were peering at me they too were pondering who is the women behind the steering wheel? I was generally sporting everything red and eccentric in this Lexus.

Interior Design – Hand-Sewn Precision

The interior was a real game-changer for me because the last Lexus RX450h I drove I was not impressed with the interior design, it simply did not match the engineering of the car. As I was peering inside the LC500, whilst I was having a stretch, I felt I was like looking at a detailed modern work of art. The more I admired the interior the more funky I felt.

The stitching must have been executed precisely every time. The effect is palpable as handcrafted lines contrast beautifully with the cutting-edge technology of the car’s gauges and dash instruments.  I don’t say this lightly because I was just sitting in a £198,00 SUV famous for its leather hand made interiors. The interior of the LC500 was gorgeous and felt superb, again unique in design and the feel-good factor felt much more expensive than £86,355 list price.

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This remarkable new shade Sonic Red is the culmination of nearly 15 years of research and development work and close collaboration between scientists, engineers, designers and paint experts.

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The seats were very comfortable, the materials used inside were of high quality. The more I sat in it, the more complicated it seemed. The design intricates of the car were a legacy of perfectionism. Before any Lexus staff are permitted to begin on the upholstery that will appear in Lexus vehicles, all trainees must master a ten-step instruction programme at the stitching dojo.

The term ‘dojo’ is often applied to a training hall for martial arts. I studied martial arts for many years and to reach any belt let alone black belt status, takes a lifetime to perfect.

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Ten Speed Gear Change

Ten gears were what I could play with again reminding myself of that V8 engine. The gear stick felt solid easy to use and it was simple and elegant in design.

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Empowering Women

I am all about empowering women to get behind these fast cars. The LC500 is such a fashion and lifestyle legacy and one for the ladies. It is easy to park, handling is effortless and reliable. Regarding lifestyle and fashion shoots it is effortlessly stunning for background imagery.

It’s the Toyota pedigree after all, this car can be taken anywhere, it is a statement of who I was as a modern woman. 

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I like to capture organic moments and this guy was riding by, it takes a car like the LC500 for a complete stranger to make an effort to wave at me.

Lexus LC500 Conclusion

The LC500 reminded me of the show, Grand Design  The LC500, is a lifestyle car, an Instagram inspiration in where it adds to romantic landscapes and enhances architectural details.

At heart, it’s a love letter to me, my workplace that takes me to my favorite destinations. It is somewhat a mobile art piece that the world can watch as I roar passing by.

The Takumi Masters of such a car is a conservator and creator of extraordinary vision. One that in such a turmoil car market can only be described as the Lexus LC500. This V8 is a gift that comes from the heart and soul that money can now buy.

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