Lexus Lc

 lexus lc

LC COUPE - 500 5.0 [464] 2dr Auto



BEST PRICE

£75,234 

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The Lexus LC luxury coupe opened a fresh chapter for this premium Japanese brand and has been thoughtfully updated. Jonathan Crouch reports.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
LC COUPE
500 5.0 [464] 2dr Auto
PETROL
£75,234.00
LC COUPE
500 5.0 [464] 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
PETROL
£76,234.00
LC COUPE
500h 3.5 2dr Auto
HYBRID
£77,169.00
LC COUPE
500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
HYBRID
£78,169.00
LC COUPE
500 5.0 [464] Sport 2dr Auto
PETROL
£79,969.00
LC COUPE
500 5.0 [464] Sport 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
PETROL
£80,969.00
LC COUPE
500h 3.5 Sport 2dr Auto
HYBRID
£81,904.00
LC COUPE
500h 3.5 Sport 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
HYBRID
£82,904.00
LC COUPE
500 5.0 [464] Sport+ 2dr Auto
PETROL
£84,969.00
LC COUPE
500 5.0 [464] Sport+ 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
PETROL
£85,969.00
LC COUPE
500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
HYBRID
£86,904.00
LC COUPE SPECIAL EDITIONS
500 5.0 [464] Limited Edition 2dr Auto [Naples]
PETROL
£87,469.00
LC COUPE
500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
HYBRID
£87,904.00
LC COUPE SPECIAL EDITIONS
500h 3.5 Limited Edition 2dr Auto [Naples]
HYBRID
£89,404.00

Ten Second Review

Lexus has long realised that it needs to do something different if it's to effectively take on the premium German brands. Well, that's certainly what's it's done with this car, the LC Coupe, here lightly revised. It's come equipped to take on the luxury coupe segment's very top contenders, with drive dynamics that work on the track as well as on the highway. Plus there's styling that'll cause a stir in the High Street, a gorgeous cabin and hi-tech hybrid power if you want it.

Background

A large, luxury coupe ought to make you feel very special indeed. This one, the Lexus LC Coupe, very definitely will. This is a large, super-luxury 2+2 that targets BMW's 8 Series as well as cars like Porsche's 911 and the Mercedes SL. It's a car that the brand hopes will change the way buyers perceive this marque. The claim is that handling will excite in the way that no Lexus (bar perhaps the LFA) ever has before. And the styling has a raw, direct feel that's a world away from previous coupes we've seen from the brand. There's a choice of V8 or V6 hybrid power and just about all the interior toys you could want. It's a desirable package, especially in this improved form that sees handling changes aimed at pleasing enthusiastic drivers.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
265
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
NOx
0.004
Particles
0.0004
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Code
8GR-FXS
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
94
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
88.5
CC
4969
Cylinders
8
Cylinder Layout
V8
Number of Valves
32
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
DIRECT INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
12.3:0
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
Gears
10 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
16.1
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
34.9
EC Combined (mpg)
24.4
General
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Badge Power
464
Badge Engine CC
5.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
48E
Safety Concerns?
False
Generation Mark
1
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
54.1
Engine Power - BHP
464
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
4.7
Top Speed
168
Engine Power - KW
341
Engine Power - RPM
7100
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
391
Engine Torque - NM
530
Engine Torque - RPM
4800
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Tyre Size Front
245/45 R20
Tyre Size Rear
275/40 R20
Tyre Size Spare
RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Type
20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
4770
Width
1920
Wheelbase
2870
Width (including mirrors)
2168
Height
1345
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
197
No. of Seats
4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.8
Minimum Kerbweight
1935
Gross Vehicle Weight
2375
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
82
Max. Loading Weight
440
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Driving Experience

There are two petrol engines on offer. The LC 500h variant gets a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid unit offering 354hp and uses a Multi Stage Hybrid System with an auto gearbox that now downshifts more dynamically. Alternatively, there's a LC 500 derivative under the bonnet of which beats a 5.0-litre V8, a modified version of the powerplant Lexus uses in its RC F model. In this form, it produces 464hp at 7,100rpm, so the LC doesn't want for pace. 62mph is reached in just 4.4s and if you've a stretch of unrestricted autobahn handy, the top speed is 168mph. This V8 uses a 10-speed Direct Shift auto gearbox which at mid-throttle speeds in this revised model allows engine revs to increase in the range to heighten the feeling of acceleration you get before the next gear is selected. As usual with a Lexus, there's a range of selectable driving settings - six in total - and of these, the one you're going to want to try most is 'Sport S'. This should be ideal for your favourite back road, delivered crisp, sharp responses from the adaptive suspension and that sophisticated auto paddleshift gearbox. The key changes made to this revised model centre on handling tweaks aided by a 10% reduction in unsprung weight, this made possible by the greater use of aluminium parts for the suspension and the adoption of a lighter but higher strength material for the coil springs. While altering the suspension in this way, the engineers took the opportunity to update it with a smoother, softer stroke to give the driver more of a feeling of connection to the road. With the same goal in mind, rear anti-roll bar rigidity was increased to improve turn-in performance and provide more linear steering input. And for sharper cornering, this improved model has gained an 'Active Cornering Assist' function, which subtly brakes the inner wheels in line with lateral acceleration experienced when higher G-forces are generated in spirited driving. There have also been subtle software changes to improve feedback from many of the car's systems, primarily those for the Variable Gear Ratio Steering, the Dynamic Rear Steering and the Electric Power Steering. The overall result of all this should achieve a good balance of what segment buyers will be looking for. That means something sharper than you'd get in, say, a Mercedes' SL or a BMW 8 Series but a little more comfort-orientated than you'd find in, say, a Porsche 911 or a Jaguar's F-TYPE.

Design and Build

This large, luxury 2+2 coupe offers a much edgier look from Lexus than we've seen in any of the company's previous models and is also available in Convertible form. The aesthetics of the coupe variant we look at here have been based on the marque's 'LF-LC' concept car, first shown at motor shows back in 2012 and under the sharply-creased bodywork lies a stiff GA-L ('Global Architecture - Luxury') platform It's a passionate design, from the distinctive mesh spindle grille at the front to the blacked-out rear pillars that create the effect of a floating roof, while chrome mouldings echo the curving lines of a traditional Japanese katana sword. At the rear, the light clusters have an illumination sihgnature replicating the after-burners of a jet. And at the front, the triple-LED headlamp units are half the size of conventional ones. Inside, as you'd expect, the materials and finishing are faultless, as is the gadget count. The driver's cockpit has been ergonomically designed to instil confidence and invite spirited driving, with an intuitive layout of the controls and a well-judged seating position. The driver's hip point has been located as close as possible to the coupe's centre of gravity, maximising direct feedback of the vehicle's dynamic performance. And the upholstery has a two-part construction that provides a seatback that drapes over the shoulders, then wraps round the back, with a structure designed to hold the driver securely when cornering at speed. As with any 2+2 sports coupe, space is tight at the back, even if the intended rear occupants are children, but Lexus has worked hard to make rearward access easy. Boot space is limited, 197-litres in the V8, a figure which falls to just 172-litres in the LC500h hybrid. Nor do you get folding rear seatbacks to extend trunk space.
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