At its introduction in 2018, the Lexus LC became the brand's flagship model, a high-style, high-performance and highly desirable luxury coupe. Lexus has made no changes to the car since its launch, save for confirming in calendar year 2019 that a convertible version is coming.
Lexus makes the LC in two trims built around very different powertrains. The LC 500 uses a gasoline V8 and a 10-speed transmission, while the LC 500h is a gas-electric hybrid that combines a V6 engine, electric motor and a continuously variable transmission that mimics a 10-speed. Both LC variants are rear-wheel drivers.
All 2020 Lexus LC models comes standard with a head-up display, full-LCD gauge cluster, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated and ventilated seats, power-adjustable steering column, heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, passive keyless entry, garage door opener, intuitive parking assist, LED taillights, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, forward collision detection with automatic braking, radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, two-piece front brake rotors, adaptive variable suspension, power-adjustable, power-folding and heated side mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, LED daytime running lights, auto-levelling triple-LED headlights, 20-inch wheels and tires in staggered widths, a glass roof, a 10.3-inch infotainment display, navigation, Apple CarPlay and a 13-speaker stereo with two USB inputs.
Differences between the two LC variants include the front seats, which are 10-way adjustable with semi-aniline leather in the LC 500 versus eight-way adjustable sport seats in the LC 500h. The LC 500h also adds an Alcantara headliner, carbon fibre-reinforced scuff plates, lane change assist, four-wheel active steering with a variable steering gear ratio, a limited slip differential, 21-inch wheels, a carbon fibre roof and an active rear spoiler.
The LC 500 can be optioned with a performance package that adds 21-inch wheels, sport seats, carbon fibre roof and scuff plates, Alcantara headliner, active rear spoiler, limited slip differential and four-wheel steering.
Lexus's fuel consumption estimates for the LC 500 are 15.1/9.5 L/100 km (city/highway), while the LC 500h's ratings are 9.0/7.1 L/100 km.
Key among the Lexus LC's competition is the BMW 8 Series. Performance-wise, the LC can also challenge cars from Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari, though few of those brands make a nearly 500-hp car for a price as accessible as the LC's.
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