Watch the Lexus LC 500 and Jaguar F-Type drag race at sunset
Two sporty luxury coupes, a moment of glamorous glory.
Like any car crazy person out there, the Motor1.com the crew love drag racing. This time around we’re treated to a pair of luxury coupes with a lot more similarities than differences, but the vibe is a little different. Among other things, the stretch of tarmac is quite short so we can’t get a full quarter mile sprint. And then there’s the cinematic backdrop of two cars racing toward the sunset. Is there a deeper meaning here? More on that in a moment.
First, we present the competitors in this new video from Engine. On the right we have the elegant Lexus LC, a bold grille and an naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 aimed at the finish line. In the left lane we have the slender Jaguar F-Type, but it’s not in the premium R appearance with its own V8. Rather, it’s a P380 version, meaning a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 resides under the hood. This means that the Jag is at a considerable power disadvantage, with 375 hp (280 kilowatts) against 470 hp (351 kW) in the Lexus.
It hardly seems like a fair fight, but the potency antagonist is weight and LC is, well, large. For this comparison, the Lexus weighs a full 1,930 kilograms (4,255 pounds). Meanwhile, the Jaguar carries 1,572 kg (3,466 lb), and using basic math, we learn that these two cars have identical power-to-weight ratios. Slight gear differences aside, the numbers suggest it will be a close race and you know what? This is exactly what we get.
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The lighter Jag takes an advantage initially, with a 0 to 100 km / h (0 to 62 mph) time of 4.9 seconds compared to 5.1 seconds for the Lexus. That translates to a slight lead off the line, but can the prolific power of the LC unroll in the F-Type on the other end? Perhaps more importantly, can every car stop before the sidewalk runs out? No spoilers from us, because this is a cool video to experience on your own.
As for the deeper meaning, there is always something to be said for heading majestically towards the sunset. Some see it as a metaphor for a never-ending story, but in general, it means an end and a rebirth in one way or another. How many races like this will we see? Sleek two-door coupes with long hoods, internal combustion engines on the front wheels that turn at the rear. The performance will be never die, but we are nearing the end of the era of the fossil fuel automobile. One can’t help but wonder if this setting was chosen specifically with this metaphor in mind.
Or maybe the drivers were so afraid to stop on time that they just needed the whole day to build up the courage to leave. Either way, sit back and enjoy the gasoline ride.