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Lexus LC COUPE 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]

Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
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Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG44.10
  • 0-62mph5 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02145 g/km
  • BHP359
  • Torque256 lbs/f
  • P11D30%

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Market and Model

Regardless of whether you choose the LC 500 V8 or the LC 500h V6 hybrid, the pricing is the same - starting from around £80,000. There are three trim grades - standard, 'Sport Pack' and 'Sport Plus Pack'. With the LC 'Sport Plus' grade, buyers get the Lexus Dynamic Handling system. This set-up aims to provide the LC with a higher level of handling in all driving scenarios, achieved through the co-ordination of the car's Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) functions. The result is supposed to be ultimate steering response in everyday driving, true to the driver's inputs, with a high feeling of rear tyre grip and instantaneous response in high-speed cornering, giving a greater feeling of security. By equipping the LC with a limited-slip differential, Lexus allows the driver to enjoy secure acceleration while cornering; co-operation between the new Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), DRS and the LSD is designed to counteract over- or understeer to help the car keeps to its intended line while communicating a natural feel to the driver.

Cost of Ownership

You're going to need deep pockets to run an LC 500 V8 model; expect a combined fuel consumption figure of 24.3mpg (NEDC) and a CO2 return of 265g/km (NEDC). Obviously a better bat in this regard will be the LC 500h hybrid, the variant that the majority of UK buyers will choose. For that, you're looking at 34.8mpg (NEDC) and 150g/km (NEDC). Low maintenance requirements have been built into this model's Hybrid Synergy Drive system. As part of this, there's no starter motor or alternator to go wrong, no drive belts to break, a maintenance-free timing chain, no particulate filter to get clogged up with diesel fumes and of course, thanks to the CVT auto gearbox, no clutch either. The Hybrid set-up has a good record for minimising tyre wear and its battery will last the life of the car. Plus the regenerative braking set-up helps extend the life of the brake pads. What else? Are you worried about the complexity of the hybrid system? Don't be. There are over 8 million Toyota-engineered hybrids reliably pounding global roads and the facts are that Hybrid technology generates fewer warranty claims than conventional petrol or diesel engines do. Anyway, the hybrid system gets its own five year warranty and you can choose to further extend this every year in the first decade of ownership, with no limits on total mileage.

Summary

This LC, we're told, has been 'engineered for a new era', especially in this lightly improved form. It's been styled that way too - and fashioned with a painstaking attention to detail that sets it apart, even amongst other desirable large coupes in its exclusive GT market segment. It is, without doubt, is the most interesting car that Lexus has ever made. And it's what you get when you appoint a former Chief Designer rather than a conventional boardroom executive to lead a car company. Akio Toyoda assures us that from now on, the Lexus brand will be emotive and unique and on this showing, you're tempted to believe him. In summary, we're in no doubt that this is the kind of car Lexus should be making. Something different in concept and execution to what's on offer from the European premium brands the marque has never quite conquered. Most people likely to buy one of these will probably have decided to do so long before they get behind the wheel. This model does, after all, have that 'want one' factor. As, going forward, every Lexus should.

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Exterior Features
Metallic paint
2 tone outside mirror casings
Active rear spoiler
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Bi-LED headlights with auto high beam and follow me home function
Body colour bumpers
Door mirror integrated indicators
Front electric windows with auto up and down function
Front performance rod
Glass roof with manual sunshade
Headlight cleaners
Heat insulating tinted glass
Heated, auto-folding door mirrors, auto dimming with rerverse tilt and memory
Illuminated entry system with LED lights
LED cornering headlights
LED daytime running lights
LED door illumination
LED rear combination lights with emergency brake signal
Multi bulb LED indicators
Pop up hood
Privacy glass in rear quarter and back
Rear fog lights
Roof mounted LED brake light
UV reducing glass
Windshield Deicer
Interior Features
Smooth leather upholstery
1 cup holder in centre console
10 way driver and passenger electrically adjustable front seats with headrest height adjustment
12V power outlets
2 Coat hooks in rear of the cabin
2 fixed rear seats
3 spoke heated leather steering wheel with magnesium paddle shifts
Alcantara draped inside door panels
Aluminium foot rest
Aluminium scuff plates
Aluminium sports pedals
Carbon fibre sheet moulding inner door panels and inner boot lid
Driver and passenger 2 way electrical lumbar adjustment
Driver and passenger door pocket
Driver and passenger sun visors with vanity mirror and lamp
Driver seat memory function
Drivers smart entry system
Dual zone climate control air conditioning system with auto recirculation, pollen removal mode, nano technology and climate concierge
Electrically adjustable steering column with lock protect
Front and rear aero ducts
Front and rear head restraints
Front centre armrest with storage
Heated and ventilated front seats
Illuminated door area
ISOFIX child restraint system on outer rear seats
Leather gear lever
LED interior illumination with touch sensor map lights
Luggage storage tray under deck board to right side
Steering wheel audio controls
Textile carpet mats
Tonneau cover
Wheels
20" Alloy wheels
Run flat tyres
Driver Convenience
4 x front and 4 x rear parking sensors
6 driving modes Eco/Normal/Comfort/Custom/Sport S/Sport S+
Adaptive cruise control + pre-crash system
Adaptive instrument meter
Analogue clock with L motif
Apple car play/Android Auto
Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity
Electric boot lid release
Electric fuel cap release
Electric power steering
EV mode
Lane keep assist
Lexus Optitron dashboard meters
Lexus premium nav with 13 speakers, European map, remote touch interface, connected service, 10.3" display screen, street view, DVD, reverse camera
Pre-collision system (PCS)
Push button starter
Road sign assist - RSA
Traffic sign recognition
Entertainment
2 USB ports
8" TFT multi information display in instrument panel
Aux-in socket
DAB Digital radio
Mark Levinson Premium sound system
Safety
3 point seat belts with pre tensioners
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Audible and visual front seatbelts reminder
Auto locate tyre pressure warning system
BAS (Brake Assist System)
Driver and front passenger 2 stage airbag
Driver and front passenger knee airbag
Driver and passenger side airbags
Electric parking brake
Electrically controlled brake system (ECB)
Front and rear curtain shield airbags
Hill start assist control with hold switch
Passenger airbag cut-off switch
Sway warning system
Traction control
Security
Anti-theft system with siren, alarm, intrusion sensor, glass breakage sensor, tilt sensor and engine immobiliser
Full stop function
Locking wheel nuts
Security window etching
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Two motion door lock with double lock
Technical
Adaptive variable suspension
Standard differential
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Trim
Instrument panel and door trim illumination
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 150
Noise Level dB(A) 68
NOx 0.007
Particles 0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 220
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 220
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 220
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 179
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 3456
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Cylinder Layout V6
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 94
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 83
Engine Code 8GR-FXS
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 10 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 42.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 47.1
EC Urban (mpg) 38.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 7.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb 34.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 34.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 34.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 33.6
WLTP - MPG - High 39.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 39.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium 35.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 35.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 35.7
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 3.5
Badge Power 359
Coin Description h
Coin Series Mark Levinson
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 47E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 5
Engine Power - BHP 359
Engine Power - KW 264
Engine Power - RPM 6600
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 256
Engine Torque - MKG 35.4
Engine Torque - NM 347
Engine Torque - RPM 4900
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/45 R20
Tyre Size Rear 275/40 R20
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1345
Length 4770
Wheelbase 2870
Width 1920
Width (including mirrors) 2168
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 82
Gross Vehicle Weight 2445
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 172
Max. Loading Weight 465
Minimum Kerbweight 1980
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.8

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1505.29 p/m £45.00 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1526.07 p/m £54.30 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1569.07 p/m £72.06 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1611.35 p/m £107.24 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1645.75 p/m £137.24 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1680.16 p/m £165.10 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1208.86 p/m £50.76 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1225.69 p/m £61.64 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1269.26 p/m £88.37 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1306.89 p/m £119.50 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1342.54 p/m £147.01 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1370.27 p/m £179.79 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £1052.23 p/m £66.61 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £1067.91 p/m £79.71 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £1102.26 p/m £107.44 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £1137.53 p/m £142.71 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £1161.82 p/m £182.69 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £1185.47 p/m £213.25 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1806.35 p/m £54.00 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1831.29 p/m £65.16 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1882.89 p/m £86.48 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1933.63 p/m £128.68 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1974.90 p/m £164.68 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £2016.19 p/m £198.12 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1450.64 p/m £60.91 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1396.94 p/m £53.62 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1523.12 p/m £106.05 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1499.72 p/m £150.41 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1611.05 p/m £176.42 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1588.63 p/m £220.18 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £1262.67 p/m £79.94 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £1230.84 p/m £70.50 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £1322.72 p/m £128.93 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £1316.98 p/m £161.50 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £1394.18 p/m £219.23 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £1422.57 p/m £255.91 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Contract Length
Initial Rental
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Full colour head up display including Lexus card key £1,250.00
Exterior Features
Solid paint FOC
Special Metallic paint £500.00
Interior Features
Semi-aniline leather upholstery £750.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Blazing carnelian FOC
Metallic - Cadoxton slate FOC
Metallic - Deep blue FOC
Metallic - F Sport White FOC
Metallic - Graphite black FOC
Metallic - Terrane khaki FOC
Solid - Velvet black FOC
Special metallic - Naples yellow £500.00
Special metallic - Sonic red £500.00
Special metallic - Sonic silver £500.00
Special metallic - Sonic titanium £500.00
Trim
Semi-aniline leather - Black £750.00
Semi-aniline leather - Flare red £750.00
Semi-aniline leather - Ochre £750.00
Smooth leather - Black FOC
Smooth leather - Ochre FOC
Wheels
21" Forged alloy wheels £2,100.00
* option prices shown are estimated