Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Unlike the LC coupé, the convertible doesn’t come with the option of a 295bhp 3.5-litre V6 petrol hybrid, just the 5.0-litre V8. But who needs choice when the lack of it forces you down the route of a naturally aspirated V8 that plays a tune like this? Seriously, if you enjoy the sound of a big-capacity petrol engine, you’ll love it. It’s smooth and woofly when you’re boulevarding, but when you hit the accelerator hard and rev it out past 7000rpm, it takes on a highly tuned, racing timbre. It sounds sensational – more thrilling and than the BMW 8 Series and less contrived than the Jaguar F-Type.
And it’s more responsive than any of its rivals. That’s because there are no turbochargers to elasticise the connection between its accelerator pedal and engine. So no, you don’t get the forceful, hammer blow of shove from low revs that a turbocharged Porsche 911 Carrera wallops you with; instead, you’re treated to an instantaneous but gentler pull the second your foot goes down. But it’s still healthy enough in the mid-range, then builds and builds, before striking an exciting frenzy at 4500rpm and beyond that will carry you to a 0-62mph time of 5.0sec flat.
The 10-speed automatic gearbox occasionally gets confused and thuds, but more often than not it’s slick and quick with the changes, especially on the downshifts in manual mode.
If you want a real driver’s car, our advice is to aim for the more nimble 911, but the LC feels spry next to the Bentley Continental GTC and 8 Series. The steering has a natural weighting and predictable rate of response as you wind on the lock. If you pop the driving mode to Sport, stiffening the adaptive suspension just the right amount for bumpy UK roads and removing the loose body float, the LC also turns in to corners keenly and feels light and grippy enough to throw around gamely.
Okay, compared with its four-wheel-drive rivals – such as the GTC and 8 Series – it isn’t as locked down on the traction side as you power out of bends, but if you enjoy something more playful, we think you’ll enjoy the rear-wheel-drive LC’s liveliness.
Pop the drive mode to Comfort and the ride has a slightly fidgety feel on rippled sections of motorway, a bit like a 911’s, but it isn't jarring. Any really nasty callouses, on faster roads or around town, are dealt with cleanly, so overall it’s a comfortable car.
What’s really impressive for a car with a soft, canvas roof is the lack of hullabaloo – well, engine noise aside. Even that settles into the background at 70mph, and there’s next to no road or wind noise compared with an Aston Martin DB11 Convertible or 911 Cabriolet.
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