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Lexus LC500 Coupe review – design

Distinctive, aggressive yet elegant and underpinned by spectacular proportions

Evo rating
Price
from £98,960
  • Superb chassis balance; substantially improved ride and damping; engine; interior; design
  • Transmission the weak link; infotainment still iffy; hybrid nothing like as good as the V8

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 is delicately honed, the bonnet low, the surfacing full, the tapering cabin 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 whole package is perfectly accentuated by its design. 

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The LC is 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.

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