The Lexus LC’s styling is so jaw-dropping – and the V8 model’s performance is so invigorating – you may be willing to accept that it isn’t that practical, even for a coupe
The Lexus LC is a car you can be proud of owning thanks to looks that’ll stop passers by dead in their tracks and performance that’ll leave you smiling like a Cheshire Cat.
You’ll keep the smile on your face when you see the Lexus smart cabin. Its high-quality materials and original design mean it feels a cut above even classy alternatives such as the Mercedes-AMG C63 and Audi RS5.
Sadly, while it looks great, the LC500’s unconventional dashboard layout can make it a pain to use. Things that are easy to do in the Mercedes or Audi – like adjusting the ventilation system and stereo – are annoyingly fiddly in the Lexus.
Unfortunately, things only get worse when you encounter the horrible infotainment system, which you need a Masters degree in computer science and the hand-eye coordination of a professional ping pong player just to use.
The LC500 has more pulling power than a 20-year-old George Clooney holding a labrador puppy
You’ll find the cramped interior easier to put up with given the Lexus’ svelte styling. Two people will be extremely happy in the spacious front seats, but the back seats are next to useless. Mind you, perhaps that’s not such an issue, because the boot’s so small it won’t take more than two people’s luggage, anyway.
Starting the LC’s V8 for the first time will soon take your mind off ‘trivial’ matters such as practicality, though, as it bellows out a bassy rumble that sounds like it belongs on the set of Days of Thunder.
With 0-62mph taking 4.7 seconds, the LC’s not quite NASCAR quick, but it’s plenty quick enough and what the V8 lacks in outright grunt it more than makes up for in character. In fact, it is such a pivotal part of the experience you may find it hard to consider the meek – admittedly cheaper to run and still quick – LC500h hybrid model.
Likewise, if you want your LC to be as sharp in bends as possible, you’ll need the Sport Plus pack, which includes rear-wheel steering and a grip-finding limited-slip differential. But, even when there’s no time for fun, the Lexus’ low-stressed engines, quiet cabin and long list of safety kit make it an extremely relaxing car to cover ground in.
But the reason the LC should be at the top of your shopping list – if you’re looking for a fast and stylish GT car – is its huge desirability that’ll make you the envy of all your friends.