by Michael Butler
With the state the world is in, luxury grand tourers can't be high on anyone's agenda, but if you're looking for a good one, look no further: the Lexus LC Coupe is better than ever. Now in its fourth year of production, the LC Coupe has received an updated chassis and suspension system for some sharper handling dynamics and retains the stunning looks it is so well known for. Even when competing with natural beauties such as the Porsche 911 and BMW 8 Series Coupe, a better-looking car is hard to find. Its 5.0-liter V8 engine pushes out 471 horsepower and its soundtrack is not muffled by forced induction. The Lexus also drives beautifully and is packed with tech. It may not be the fastest or most dynamic coupe at the price, but the LC panders to the senses like few others.
Lexus has heard the complaints and has made some adjustments to the suspension and steering to sharpen up the LC Coupe. Lexus also introduces the Bespoke Build trim for greater customization of the coupe. With this build option, LC customers can mix up the wheels, roof, spoiler, and other elements with more freedom. Some features like a carbon fiber roof and an interior color known as Manhattanhenge are unique to the Bespoke Build. Finally, the optional Sport Package now includes 21-inch forged alloy wheels.
Driving a space-aged V8 Lexus coupe was never going to be a cheap exercise. For 2022, Lexus will ask $93,150 of your finest dollars to pilot the LC Coupe. This price does not include tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,075. The limited LC 500 Inspiration Series costs $104,500, and the LC 500h hybrid slots between these two with an MSRP of $99,150. The BMW M850i xDrive is the superior performer but costs $99,900, and an entry-level Porsche 911 will set you back $101,200.
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The Lexus LC Coupe doesn't pretend to be a track-day hero, and one glance at its dimensions should already tell you that this car is more of a cruiser than an all-out sports car. That being said, the LC Coupe is no land yacht either, and for 2022, Lexus has spent some time improving the chassis and suspension setup to enhance driver involvement and general response and feedback. The LC Coupe is deliciously comfortable on city streets and soaks up bumps despite its large 20- or 21-inch wheels. Steering is responsive, if a bit muted, and the general feeling is that of a car with more athletic ability than your average premium sedan. The improvements made to the 2022 model year are noticeable, especially when pushing through a set of corners: there is minimal body roll, and the car feels agile, despite its reasonably hefty curb weight. The Dynamic Handling package adds numerous upgrades and dynamic features such as active rear steering, a limited-slip differential, and variable gear-ratio steering, making the LC Coupe that tiny bit sharper, but in all honesty, the base chassis does just fine.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The LC Coupe isn't a new car; it has been around for four years now, yet it remains one of the most striking sports coupes on the road. Its bold styling makes competitors like the Porsche 911 look plain boring, and its focus on quality puts it ahead of many rivals, even German ones. Lexus has made an effort to make the 2022 LC Coupe drive better thanks to some chassis and suspension tuning, and it has paid off. The LC Coupe goes better than ever before, and although it will never come close to offering the same type of driving pleasure as a 911, we're impressed with its ability. That naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 makes up for the terrible infotainment system, and the general level of comfort and convenience is almost unparalleled. It looks good, drives well, sounds good, and will last you a million miles. What more do you want?
There's only a single primary trim to choose from - excluding the limited-edition Inspiration Series and separately reviewed LC 500h hybrid - and it's a pretty good one, so we would suggest keeping the additional options to a minimum and enjoy the car for what it is. If we were buying, we'd go for one in Atomic Silver and add the $2,540 Touring Package, which adds nice-to-haves such as semi-aniline leather seats, an Alcantara headliner, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, and intuitive parking assist.
The RC F is a performance-minded executive coupe powered by the same 5.0-liter V8 engine as found in the LC Coupe. In RC F guise, it produces 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The RC F is quicker than its larger LC sibling and can do the 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.2 seconds. On the road, it's the more involving car to drive but also prefers to be treated as a fast GT car instead of an all-out sports coupe. The interior isn't as flamboyant as that of the LC Coupe's, but you still get a stylish layout, good quality materials, and a long feature list. One significant benefit of the RC F is the fact that it sports nearly double the trunk space of the LC Coupe at 10.1 cubic feet. It also costs significantly less. Get the LC Coupe if you love the styling. For the rest, the RC F is our choice.
The Lexus LC Hybrid is the eco-friendly version of the LC family (your other option is the guzzling 5.0-liter V8) and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with two electric motors. This setup delivers 354 hp to the rear wheels via a CVT transmission. The 0-60 mph sprint takes 4.7 seconds, and the top speed is set at 155 mph. Not only is the Hybrid almost as quick as its gas counterpart, but it will manage 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined. Coupled with a large gas tank, the Hybrid offers a stunning range of 644 miles. We'd recommend the Hybrid if you're into long-distance traveling, but we would personally miss the grumble of that V8 engine too much.