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The LC Series has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wraith doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The LC Series has standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Wraith doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The LC Series’ blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Wraith doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the LC Series’ cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Wraith doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The LC Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Wraith doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the LC Series and the Wraith have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.
Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LC Series 2 years longer than Rolls-Royce covers the Wraith. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Wraith ends after only 4 years.
The LC Series’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Wraith’s (6 vs. 4 years).
There are almost 7 times as many Lexus dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the LC Series’ warranty.
On the EPA test cycle the LC 500h Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Wraith (26 city/34 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the LC 500 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Wraith with its standard engine (16 city/25 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the LC Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Wraith doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the LC Series Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Wraith doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lexus LC Series higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Rolls-Royce Wraith (3). This means the LC Series produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Wraith every 15,000 miles.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus LC Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Wraith.
The LC 500h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Wraith doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better stopping power the LC Series’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Wraith:
The LC 500 handles at .93 G’s, while the Wraith pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the LC Series Active Rear Steering’s turning circle is 6.9 feet tighter than the Wraith’s (34.8 feet vs. 41.7 feet). The LC Series’ turning circle is 6.3 feet tighter than the Wraith’s (35.4 feet vs. 41.7 feet).
The Lexus LC Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1050 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Wraith.
The LC Series is 1 foot, 8.7 inches shorter than the Wraith, making the LC Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
For excellent aerodynamics, the LC Series has standard flush composite headlights. The Wraith has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
The LC Series Convertible uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Wraith doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The LC Series has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Wraith doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Lexus LC Series comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Rolls-Royce Wraith isn’t available as a convertible.
The LC Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Wraith has never been an “All Star.”
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