The LC marks the beginning of a new phase for Lexus. This new flagship coupe will set new standards for performance styling and craftsmanship. UK specification models go into production at the end of May and will be strictly built to order with no stock available at UK Lexus centers.
Powered by a 5-litre V8, the rear-wheel -drive coupe will reach the showrooms in the summer of 2017 with a price tag from 76,595 for both the petrol and hybrid versions, making it cheaper than a basic PDK equipped Porsche 911 Carrera and well down on the admittedly more powerful Jaguar F-Type R. Drive is to the rear wheels via a ten speed direct-drive auto gearbox.
In manual mode, when using the paddle-shifts, the gearbox reacts quickly to your commands. The multi plate clutch system gives performance that Lexus says is comparable with a double-clutch gearbox but without the wear. The first nine gears are more equally spread than usual for more rhythmic shifting (third & forth cover the same bandwidth as the third in the 8 speed box in the Lexus RC-F) and sure enough you can quickly punch through the gears with very little kick as the ratios swap. The final tenth gear acts as an overdrive to calm everything down when cruising. If you opt for the Sport+ trim model you also get a limited slip differential and rear wheel steering.
Already the Lexus LC luxury coupe has been named 2016’s production Car Design of the Year, an honour bestowed by a 20 strong judging panel featuring some of the world’s top car designers. The peer-reviewed award was presented at a gala ceremony in Geneva on 7th March and is featured in the Car Design review 4 Yearbook, which was launched the same night.
If the new Lexus LC intrigues you, you won’t be alone. Initial demand is sure to far outstrip supply so it would definitely pay to start speaking to the team at Lexus Leicester now. You can find out all about all the available options on LC and initial orders are being taken right now for customers wishing to be amongst the first to be driving the LC in 2017.
Contact the Sales Team at Lexus Leicester on 01163191243 or visit www.sytner.co.uk/lexus.