What should I be paying?
The Lexus LC lives in a curious corner of the car world, but a rather pleasing one. Here’s a GT car with nearly as much majesty and head-turning potential as an Aston Martin DB11 or Bentey Continental GT, but at little more than half the price. Naturally its performance, materials and badge kudos don’t live up to those rivals, but when a car looks this good, you really mightn’t care.
Both petrol LC500 and hybrid LC500h start at an identical £81,750, which perhaps illustrates why 75 per cent of buyers stick with the traditional V8 – despite Lexus largely advertising itself as a hybrid brand. Clearly anyone spending eighty grand (plus) is less bothered by their fuel bills. No major shock.
What should I actually pay?
Once you’ve chosen an engine, it’s then time to choose spec. There are base, Sport and Sport+ options for each, and again prices don’t alter. Each climb of the spec ladder adds around five grand, meaning you’ll pay £92,600 for a Sport+ which brings the Torsen limited-slip differential and four-wheel steering which you really need if you want to fully enjoy driving your LC. The middling Sport option is more a cosmetic thing, bringing larger 21in wheels, a carbon roof and Alcantara interior bits. Nice, but you’ll need Sport+ if the bark is to match the bite. And it won’t add much if you’re leasing, perhaps putting another £40 on your already bolshy £1,600 monthly bill.
When it comes to reliability, Lexus has an impeccable track record and has a habit of topping customer surveys for customer service and ownership experience. But even given the drama, quality and dependability baked into the LC, it’s a niche old choice here in the UK.
Lexus sold nearly 3,000 LC coupes and convertibles in 2020, of which a princely 82 were on British shores. As we write, there are a less than 10 for sale in the classifieds, priced from around £55,000. Which does at least suggest such rarity helps strengthen residuals a bit – some of its rivals are infamous for shedding thousands almost as soon as you’ve driven your brand new car out of the dealer’s postcode.