Lexus LC 500 Coupe review – design

Lexus has created a wonderfully distinct, charismatic and desirable alternative to German rivals

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Price
from £76,595
  • Styling, V8 engine, build quality and its concept car-like wow-factor
  • Horrid infotainment, ride a little firm, hybrid powertrain less brilliant

The LC is a car of extremes, and the design is no different. For a car with a sub-£100k price tag it turns heads like few others. The shape itself has been finely crafted, the bonnet low, surfacing full and tapering cabin perfectly accentuating the wide hips. 

Look closely and the myriad of different finishes and materials can jar, but on the road, once moving, it’s elegant and aggressive – in perfect partnership with its overall character. There are some awkward angles, and if a subtler method of travel is preferred then the LC might be a little much. But credit where credit’s due – the LC’s whole package is perfectly suited to its design. 

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The LC is just brilliant – it follows no lead, it wants for little and has such a strength of character that on looks alone it makes for a fascinating alternative to the European opposition. But the fact the chassis, engine (as a V8) and interior live up to the outrageous design, makes it a real evo favourite. It’s that good. 

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