What Car? says...
The Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h are the striking result of a brand throwing away its rule book. Fed up with fighting against German premium car makers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Lexus bosses decided that they would do everything they could to get noticed.
This is a luxury coupé with a sufficient smattering of performance drama and driver involvement to hold the interest of a 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 Jaguar F-Type Coupé, to the BMW 8 Series.
Buyers can choose from two engine types. The LC 500 is powered by a whopping great old-school naturally aspirated 467bhp V8 with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. The more 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 Pack and Sport Plus Pack, with each step dialling up the characteristics of the car in the way that their 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 decided it's the car for you, check out our New Car Buying service for a great deal on a Lexus LC.
At a glance
|Number of trims||3 see more|
|Number of engines||2 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||petrol, hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||24.3 - 34.8|
|Avaliable doors options||2|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£5,762 / £6,737|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£11,525 / £13,473|
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