New Lexus LC vs Jaguar F-Type

With dramatic looks and V8 power, Lexus’s new LC coupé is a quirky alternative to Jaguar’s F-Type R. Let’s see which one you should buy...

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What Car? team
5 May 2017 06:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Our verdict

Very few cars, especially those priced south of £100,000, provide anything like the aural onslaught offered up by the F-Type R’s V8. Its rivals are but a mouse’s squeak to its lion’s roar. The F-Type is also very, very quick. So, if you prefer a brazen and brash approach, you won’t be disappointed.

But the LC 500 makes the F-Type look like a bit of a one-trick pony. Yes, it isn’t quite as rewarding when pushed hard, but the LC 500 is still thrilling to drive. It’s a more rounded everyday proposition, too, with a more cosseting ride, a couple of occasional rear seats, a nicer interior and a characterful engine. The fact that it’s also cheaper seals the win. It’s still a niche choice, but in this test it’s a worthy winner.

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1st – Lexus LC

New Lexus LC vs Jaguar F-Type

For Comfier ride; much better interior; characterful engine; cheaper to buy

Against Terrible infotainment; awkward boot shape; poor steering feel

Rated 3 out of 5

Read our full Lexus LC review

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2nd – Jaguar F-Type

New Lexus LC vs Jaguar F-Type

For Amazing-sounding engine; ferocious performance; more usable boot

Against More expensive to buy and run; interior looks and feels dated

Rated 3 out of 5

Read our full Jaguar F-Type review

Find a great Jaguar F-Type deal


Specifications: Jaguar F-Type 5.0 V8 R Coupé AWD

Engine 8cyl, 5000cc, supercharged, petrol

List price £92,660

Target Price £87,480

Power 542bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 1500-4500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 3.9sec

Top speed 186mph

Gov't fuel economy 25.0mpg

CO2 emissions 269g/km


Specifications: Lexus LC 500 Sport+ Pack

Engine size 8cyl, 4969cc, petrol

List price £85,895

Target Price £85,895

Power 471bhp @ 7100rpm

Torque 398lb ft @ 4800rpm

Gearbox 10-spd automatic

0-60mph 5.2sec

Top speed 168mph

Gov't fuel economy 24.4mpg

CO2 emissions 267g/km


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