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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Wraith deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Wraith’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The LC Series’ side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the Wraith helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The LC Series doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Wraith has a standard Top-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The LC Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Wraith and the LC Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith weighs 945 to 1100 pounds more than the Lexus LC Series. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Wraith comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The LC Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.
Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Wraith for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the LC Series.
The Wraith’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 270 more horsepower (624 vs. 354) than the LC 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Wraith’s 6.6 turbo V12 produces 153 more horsepower (624 vs. 471) and 207 lbs.-ft. more torque (605 vs. 398) than the LC 500’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8. The Wraith Black Label’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 153 more horsepower (624 vs. 471) and 244 lbs.-ft. more torque (642 vs. 398) than the LC 500’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8.
As tested in Road and Track the Rolls-Royce Wraith (base engine) is faster than the LC 500:
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
For better traction, the Wraith has larger tires than the LC Series (F:255/40R21 & R:285/35R21 vs. F:245/45R20 & R:275/40R20).
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Wraith can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The LC Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The front and rear suspension of the Wraith uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the LC Series, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Wraith has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The LC Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Wraith has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The LC Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Wraith’s wheelbase is 9.5 inches longer than on the LC Series (122.5 inches vs. 113 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Wraith is 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the LC Series.
The Wraith’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the LC Series’ (51.8% to 48.2%). This gives the Wraith more stable handling and braking.
The Wraith has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 4.8 inches more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom and 5.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the LC Series.
The Wraith has a much larger trunk than the LC Series (16.6 vs. 5.4 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Wraith has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The LC Series doesn’t offer a power trunk.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the LC Series, the Wraith has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Wraith to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The LC Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Wraith has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The LC Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Wraith has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The LC Series doesn’t offer cornering lights.
When the Wraith is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The LC Series’ mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Wraith has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The LC Series doesn’t offer rear vents.
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