2020 LEXUS LC 500 VS. 2020 BMW M850i


The LC 500's 10-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission has wide-ratio gearing that delivers intense high-rpm launches combined with quiet, relaxed high-speed cruising. With only eight speeds, the BMW M850i may not always have the ideal gear for the situation. With much of the engine's mass behind the front axle for near-perfect balance and its specially engineered rear-wheel-drive platform with enhanced handling and steering systems, the LC 500 offers an unmatched driving experience. With its more heavily front-biased weight distribution and heavy all-wheel-drive system, the M850i can't offer the same engaging handling dynamics.


With eight airbags and an impressive suite of safety features including Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Lane Keeping Assist, the Lexus LC offers comprehensive standard safety features. The BMW M850i, on the other hand, has a higher starting price with many safety features only available at extra cost. 



Though the LC and M850i share a similar wheelbase, the LC is more agile and responsive in tight maneuvering due to its shorter overall length and 3.6-foot tighter turning circle. Inside, the LC offers more rear leg- and shoulder room. The LC has a very expressive design with features such as:

Premium Triple-Beam LED Headlamps: The triple-projector ultra-compact LED headlamps are more than striking. They're among the thinnest LED projector headlamps in the industry. Half the size of a traditional lamp, the polarized elliptical-shaped system combines with the daytime running lights and LED cornering lamps to create an unmistakeable Lexus signature.

Dimensional Rear Combination Taillamps: These dimensional taillamps were inspired by the dramatic glow of a jet's afterburners. Through the adoption of the infinity mirror principle, an endless dimensional motif is illuminated when lamps are on, and a sleek gray look appears when off. Eighty LEDs on either side create an even illumination with impressive depth and no visible grain.

21-Inch Forged Alloy Wheels: Available 21-inch forged alloy wheels offer a lightweight design, black-and-chrome coating and a polished finish. 

Flush Exterior Door Handles: A flush-surface door handle with illumination enhances aerodynamics and creates a sophisticated first impression. When the handle is extended outward, inset LEDs illuminate the door. As the doors close, or after 15 seconds, the lighting fades. 


The LC features modern in-car technologies like Apple CarPlay®, and Lexus+Alexa, standard. The M850i doesn't offer Amazon Alexa in-car integration. Offering a new level of connectivity and integration, this is the most advanced LC, with features including: 

10.3-Inch Multimedia Display: The LC offers a vivid 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display. It provides immediate, simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems. 

Apple CarPlay®: With Apple CarPlay integration, simply connect your iPhone to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and get access to your favorite apps. 

Amazon Alexa: Using only your voice, you can easily access thousands of the same skills you get with Alexa at home. You can also use it to control compatible smart-home devices such as lighting, thermostat and security systems. 

Lexus Enform: Lexus Enform elevates connected technology and provides concierge-level convenience.


The LC has a six-year or 70,000-mile powertrain warranty for the engine and driveline, while the M850i has a shorter four-year or 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.


After taking all of these things into account, it's clear that the 2020 LC 500 outshines the 2020 BMW M850i. When you're looking for space, elegance, and capability accompanied with a long-lasting warranty all in one gorgeous package, stop by Hennessy Lexus of Atlanta to get behind the wheel of a 2020 Lexus LC 500. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and find you a vehicle that perfectly fits your needs.