Fed up with fighting against German premium car makers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Lexus bosses decided that they would throw away the rulebook and do everything they could to get noticed – hence the exterior styling of the Lexus LC.
This is a luxury coupé with a sufficient smattering of performance drama and driver involvement to hold the interest of a maturing sports car driver. But it's a grand tourer first and foremost. The LC therefore has the capability to carry a couple of occupants and their baggage in generous comfort over a long distance – or four people over a much shorter one. Rivals range from the Porsche 911 to top-end versions of the BMW 6 Series and Mercedes SL.
Buyers can choose from two engine types. The LC 500 is powered by a 467bhp V8 unit linked to a new 10-speed gearbox. The more refined and potentially more environmentally friendly alternative is the LC 500h, a hybrid model that links a 295bhp 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine to an electric motor to deliver a total power output of 354bhp.
There are three trim levels: the standard vehicle, Sport and Sport+, with each step dialling up the characteristics of the car in the way the names suggest.
Read on over the next few pages to find out how the LC compares with its rivals and which version we’d choose.