Fed up with fighting in the wake of German premium car makers Audi, BMW and Mercedes, Lexus bosses decided that they would throw away the rulebook and do everything they could to get noticed - hence the exterior styling of this, the Lexus LC.
Its makers describe the LC as a sports car with strong GT leanings, which means that it should be great to drive when you fancy a bit of fun, but also have the capability to carry four people in reasonable comfort over a long distance. 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 linked to a new 10-speed gearbox, while the more refined and potentially more environmentally friendly alternative is the LC 500h, a hybrid model which 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 to choose from: 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.