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

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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.

For more information on each of these cars compare them here.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Lambo9871 Lambo9871 on Jun 06, 2017

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

    • Adonis Price Adonis Price on Oct 26, 2017

      Right? It's like the perfect match up. But they decided to put the LC 500 up against the DB 11, which is a bit of a weird choice to me. Not because I think they are incomparable, but the DB 11 is clearly a more sporty car..

  • AdVantageV12 AdVantageV12 on Jun 07, 2017

    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 !