Poll: Lexus LC 500 or Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic Coupe?

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Poll: Lexus LC 500 or Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic Coupe?

Which top-shelf two-door would YOU rather own, the Lexus LC 500 or Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic Coupe?

We’ll be honest, this is a tough choice as both of these sexy vehicles are highly desirable. But we beseech you to pick a winner and vote in our poll.

The Lexus is the newest of the pair, looking more concept car than production model. As its name suggests, motivation is provided is provided by a 5.0-liter engine, one of the V8 configuration. Output clocks in at 471 horses and 398 lb.-ft. of torque, more than enough to propel this 4,300-pound coupe to extra-legal speeds in mere seconds.

As for the Mercedes-Benz, it’s a little bit larger in key dimensions, rolling on a wheelbase that’s 115.9 inches in length (nearly three inches greater than the Lexus’); it’s also about 10 inches longer overall, stretching a whisker less than 198 inches.

A 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 provides the fury, cranking out 449 horses and 516 lb.-ft. of twist. It’s matched to a cutting edge nine-speed automatic transmission, though the LC 500 has it beat with a gearbox sporting 10 forward ratios.

Depending on where you live, one possible trump card for the Benz is all-wheel drive. The Lexus sends its torque to just the rear wheels.

Both of these coupes are loaded with technology and luxury amenities, but one has a more attractive base price. The Lexus kicks off at right around $93,000. To get into even an entry-level S550 4Matic Coupe plan on spending more than 123 grand.

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  • The Lexus sends its torque to just the rear wheels.

  • His Greatness

    The Lexus LC 500 without a doubt. The LC 500 is one of the best looking cars introduced recently, sounds very very nice (although not as good as LFA), and is very nice to drive.
    It’s such a pity for Lexus that most of their cars have been characterless marketing ploys. The same could be said for most car brands recently. These cars shouldn’t be abused in order to fulfill self-esteem of wannabes.
    Although, these cars are simply too heavy; the LC 500 is better than the S550 in that regard.
    The LC 500 has the S550 covered in terms of overall emotional appeal.

  • Lambo9871

    I like both i can’t choose, i wish MotorTrend can do this one for me with a Head 2 Head episode.

  • AdVantageV12

    I drove one for 3 days recently ….it’s a superb luxo GT.
    Just fantastic seats and interior ….feels much smaller and lighter when driving.

    Could it be a little quicker and would i ditch that terrible mouse pad touch thingy to control
    the screen interface ? Sure – but that may happen and Lexus will surely improve the car over time ….it could lose weight as well.

    Looks wise – it is just awesome ….nothing out there as far as this for a GT.

    If you get a chance – drive one !

  • AdVantageV12

    The interior as i stated before is sporty, functional overall, and just beautifully different – a plus in many Lexus vehicles ….truly a great place to be…those seats are just about perfect. I think the exterior is stunning, pictures just don’t capture all the sleek curves / angles on this car !

    I drove a white one with red interior (loaded) on loan for 3 days ….i was almost depressed when i handed over the keys.

    Yes it is heavy – buy unlike an RC, it somehow lies as to how heavy it is when driving (at least to me it did). It also feels smaller when driving – still trying to figure that one out.

    The worst thing is that touch pad mouse controller….just about impossible to use.
    The NX uses it and it just sucks.

    I think and hope Lexus has woken up to the fact that to be competitive in the sports sedan / GT market – they need more than nice interiors and excellent build quality to sell cars. They need performance figures and cars that have emotional appeal.

    This car is a great way for Lexus to get some mojo back again ….

  • We’ll be honest, this is a tough choice as both of these sexy vehicles are highly desirable. But we beseech you to pick a winner and vote in our poll.

  • Damned right.