Lexus LC review

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Lexus LC
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8 Dec 2016 16:05 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:33

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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 stunningly futuristic exterior styling of the 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 enthusiast, 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 and Mercedes SL to top-end versions of the BMW 6 Series .


Buyers can choose from two engine types. The LC 500 is powered by a whopping great old-school naturally aspirated 467bhp V8 unit with a 10-speed gearbox. The more refined and efficient 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: standard, 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. If you've already decided it's the car for you, check out our new car deals by clicking here.


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There are 4 trims available for the LC coupe. Click to see details.See all versions
The well-equipped entry-level model is our pick. You get a 10.3in infotainment and navigation system, 20in alloy wheels, digital instruments, a panoramic glass roof, LED headlights, powered, heated...View trim
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For our money, Sport trim’s sports front seats, part-Alcantara upholstery, carbonfibre-reinforced plastic roof and 21in forged alloy wheels seem only a modest gain for the extra money required...View trim
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This top-end version includes a variably geared steering rack that weights up according to speed to help you feel what the car is doing, rear-wheel steering that helps the car turn in to corners an...View trim
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Limited Edition
Comes with a special blue paint finish, a head-up display, an upgraded sound system, panoramic sunroof and 21in alloy wheels, but it is very expensive...View trim
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