WHAT IT IS: I actually had the pleasure to review an almost identical Lexus LC last fall, so I’m going to try to expand a little bit on my previous review. The basics are that the LC (Luxury Coupe) is a two-door sports car that starts at $92,950. Its primary focus is not on extreme performance as much as providing a high-end sports car that is comfortable for road trips or to even drive every day. The interior is incredibly plush and inviting and the exterior provides the proportions that one would expect from an exotic sports car.
With most sports cars, you have to make a compromise when it comes to ride quality, but not so with the LC. It still provides confidence when you are pushing the car aggressively, but you are never in doubt that this is a luxury car and not a raw fire-breather. I don’t think that I’ve ever had more of a reaction by friends/family/random passers than with this car. It exudes uniqueness and beauty and that generates a reaction from people. My test model was even painted the rather understated Nightfall Mica, which is a dark blue color, and it still screamed for attention everywhere that I went.
Under the hood, you have two options: a 354 horsepower hybrid V6 or a 471 horsepower V8. Somewhat surprisingly, the V8 is actually $4,600 cheaper than the V6 even though it has more power. The performance is remarkably similar from 0-60 MPH with the V8 clocking in at 4.4 seconds and the V6 at 4.7 seconds. The big difference is in the fuel economy where the V8 provides 16/26 MPG and the hybrid V6 27/35 MPG. Combined with a 22.2-gallon fuel tank, you are looking at an immense 777 miles in range. As mentioned in my previous article, that’s enough to drive to New Orleans and back and still have a few gallons in the tank.
My test model had a few options: 21-inch wheels ($1,440), head up display ($900), Mark Levinson 13-speaker stereo ($1,220), parking assist ($500) and sport package with glass roof ($1,400). A carbon-fiber roof is available for an extra $1,560 and a performance package is also available ($5,960) which was on my test model last year. I would check yes on all of these, but skip the performance package unless you need the bolstered sport seats.
Lexus recently announced a convertible version of the LC is coming this year, so if you find yourself with a desire for the wind to blow through your hair, then just wait a few more months.
MPG: 30 combined/27 city/35 highway
PRICE: $92,950 base price. $103,945 as-tested.
UPSIDES: Stunning appearance.
DOWNSIDES: That I can’t afford one.
WRAP-UP: Basically, the LC 500h is one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. You get Lexus reliability and their top-of-the-line luxury combined with a stunning sports car. It’s equal parts both sides, and it’s executed perfectly. If you are a 911 or a Corvette owner that wants another sports car, it’s not going to compare on that front. If you wanted to combine together your Lexus LS and a 911 into one car, then that is more of what you are looking at here.