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Lexus LC COUPE 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto

Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
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Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto
Lexus LC 500h 3.5 Sport+ 2dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG43.50
  • 0-62mph5 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02148 g/km
  • BHP359
  • Torque257 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. 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 opens a new chapter for this premium Japanese brand. 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 latest 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.

Driving Experience

There are two engines on offer. The LC 500h variant gets a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid unit. 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 and GS F models. In this form, it produces 467bhp 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. 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 the sophisticated 10-speed direct-shift auto paddleshift gearbox. We'll need a lengthy drive to fully brief you on the drive dynamics but early reports suggest that they 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 and BMW's 6 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. The aesthetics 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 completely new GA-L ('Global Architecture - Luxury') platform we'll soon see in other luxury Lexus models. 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. As with any 2+2 sports coupe, space is tight for four, even if two of them are children, but Lexus has worked hard to make rearward access easy.

Market and Model

Regardless of whether you choose the LC 500 V8 or the LC 500h V6 hybrid, the pricing is the same - around £77,000. With the LC Sport + 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 around 26mpg and a CO2 return of over 250g/km. Obviously a better bat in this regard will be the LC 500h hybrid, the variant that the majority of UK buyers will choose. 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

The LC is a showcase for everything the Lexus brand is now capable of. On that basis, it looks like there's a great deal for us to look forward to. The fact that we can even mention a large luxury Lexus coupe in the same breath as a Porsche 911 is progress of a sort; this car has been developed by enthusiasts. It's way more than just another lottery-winners luxury GT in the BMW 6 Series / Mercedes SL mould. If you're lucky enough to be hopping in this segment, we urge you to give the LC a try. It's probably not the car you were thinking of. But it may very well weave its spell on you very effectively.

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Exterior Features
Metallic paint
2 tone outside mirror casings
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
Carbon fibre roof
Door mirror memory
Electric adjustable door mirrors
Electric folding door mirrors
Front electric windows with auto up and down function
Headlight cleaners
Heated door mirrors
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
Retractable rear spoiler
Roof mounted LED brake light
Windshield Deicer
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
Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity
Electric boot lid release
Electric fuel cap release
Electric power steering with variable gear ratio steering
EV mode
Lane keep assist
Lexus premium nav with 12 speakers, European map, remote touch interface, connected service, 10.3" display screen, street view, DVD, reverse camera
Push button starter
Road sign assist - RSA
Speed sensitive power steering with active rear steering
Traffic sign recognition
Entertainment
2 USB ports
8" TFT multi information display in instrument panel
Aux-in socket
DAB Digital radio
Interior Features
1 cup holder in centre console
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
8 way driver/passenger electrically adjustable front seats
Alcantara draped inside door panels
Alcantara front and centre pillars, roof headlining, tonneau cover and sun visors
Alcantara instrument panel finish
Aluminium foot rest
Aluminium sports pedals
Carbon fibre scuff plates
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 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
Self charging hybrid
Sport seats alcantara with leather bolsters upholstery
Steering wheel audio controls
Textile carpet mats
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
Torsen limited slip differential
Vehicle dynamics Integrated Management - VDIM with dynamic rear steering
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Trim
Instrument panel and door trim illumination
Wheels
21" Forged alloy wheels
Run flat tyres
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Leased No
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years 5
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 150
NOx 0.005
Particles 0.0003
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 Yes
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
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 29
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium 35.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 35.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 35.7
General
Badge Engine CC 3.5
Badge Power 359
Coin Description h
Coin Series Sport+
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 49E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 3
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
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 257
Engine Torque - MKG 35.5
Engine Torque - NM 348
Engine Torque - RPM 4900
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/40 R21
Tyre Size Rear 275/35 R21
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Type 21" 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 460
Minimum Kerbweight 1985
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

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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
Paintwork
Metallic - Cadoxton slate FOC
Metallic - Copper brown FOC
Metallic - Deep blue FOC
Metallic - F Sport White FOC
Metallic - Graphite black 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
Alcantara/leather - Black FOC
Alcantara/leather - Dark rose FOC
Alcantara/leather - Ochre FOC
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