Bespoke Build: Performance Options for the 2022 Lexus LC 500 and 500h
Lisa Steuer McArdle
Jan 7, 2022 · 3 min read
Lexus continues to shine as one of the most reliable luxury auto brands in the United States. Not only are these cars dependable, but the automaker also consistently unveils more great optional features, including old favorites. We're sure more than a few long-time fans rejoiced when the Lexus IS 500 Performance got a previously discontinued V8.
Lexus also added a few more tweaks to the Lexus LC 500 lineup, according to Autoblog. These upgrades are part of the Bespoke Build program, a highly customizable group of options.
We think the Lexus LC 500 is already an impressive car, so are the upgrades worth buying?
What's included in the Bespoke Build package?
The Bespoke Build offers a handful of new performance features, one of which is an upgraded suspension. Lexus says this will enhance the steering feel and effectiveness during intense driving, plus keep drivers more planted on the road. Both the standard and hybrid coupe gain forged-alloy 21-inch wheels, previously only available for the Inspiration models.
Several cosmetic upgrades are also optional, including a weaved carbon fiber roof design and a rear carbon fiber spoiler. Drivers can also have their pick among several exclusive interior colors, including Manhattanhenge orange.
According to American Luxury, the Bespoke Build program starts at $94,000.
Standard Lexus LC 500 features
The Lexus LC 500 is quite expensive without any extras, but its performance arguably justifies the cost. The regular coupe and convertible come with a standard V8 capable of 471 horsepower, which reaches 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The 500h hybrid coupe has a 354 hp V6 and it's only .3 seconds slower than its two twins.
The coupe and convertible come with a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid has a variable automatic gearbox. The Lexus LC 500h also has some impressive fuel economy numbers for a sports car. It's rated at 26/34 mpg city/highway, while the regular model only gets 16/25 mpg city/highway.
In terms of handling, every version of the Lexus LC 500 strikes a great balance of engaging and comfortable. It doesn't exhibit any body roll around corners, and the cabin remains quiet even at high speeds. Unfortunately, that cushioned ride means it's not as thrilling as other exotic sports cars.
Interior of the Lexus LC 500
The Lexus LC 500's cabin is downright heavenly, complete with leather seats that have both heating and ventilation. Every upgrade, like front sport seats and panoramic glass roof, is available through different packages.
The Lexus LC 500 also has a pre-existing Sport package that adds performance brakes and a limited-slip rear differential. The Dynamic Handling package adds extra carbon fiber bits, a rear wing, and active rear steering.
The Lexus LC 500 comes with smartphone integration, navigation, Amazon Alexa compatibility, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and two available audio systems. The touchscreen is a great size at 10.3 inches, but the remote controller can be frustrating to use. Almost every safety feature is standard on the base car, including must-haves like automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.
Fully loaded, a Lexus LC 500 can easily cost $110,000 or more. Of course, chances are that you're not even considering this model if price is a concern. In that case, feel free to splurge even more with the Bespoke Build.
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