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2024 Lexus LC: A Car to Discover

2024-06-18

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While Lexus has long been known for its reliable yet dull luxury vehicles, the Japanese automaker has managed to impress us with some flamboyant sports cars throughout its history. Notable examples include the legendary LFA and the RC-F. There's another car that may not come to mind immediately but certainly deserves consideration: the LC. This modern sports car with exotic looks clearly turns heads wherever it goes.

 

Few people know about it, which may be due to its name blending in with the rest of the Lexus lineup. Perhaps it would stand out more if the Japanese manufacturer gave it a distinct name. However, this is merely a personal critique because, in reality, it is an excellent car on all levels. Several improvements have been made for 2024, notably the multimedia system screen, which is now 12.3 inches. Several other new options are also available, including new rims and more vibrant colors.

 

Range and Price

 

As you might expect, the Lexus LC is not for small budgets, with a starting price of $117,522.50, which is quite reasonable for a car of this caliber. If you want the hybrid version, it requires a slight premium with a starting price of $132,722.50. Where things can get complicated is with the options, as Lexus offers quite expensive packages, which can quickly push the price up by over $10,000. However, this is something expected with this type of car and is not different from the competition.

 

Category and Competition

 

It is not the most popular car in its segment. In fact, Lexus sells just over 100 units per year. However, this is what makes the model so interesting in my opinion. The LC remains a very enjoyable car to drive and doesn't have many flaws. It's simply a car unknown to the public, and that's why you should consider it, especially if you're looking for something different.

 

Rivals: BMW 8 Series, Jaguar F-Type, Maserati GranTurismo, Mercedes-Benz SL, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911

 

Design and Technology

 

Lexus has had some major design failures throughout its career, such as with the SC430. However, the Japanese automaker has made a strong comeback with the 2024 LC, which has beautiful proportions and catches the eye for the right reasons. It is both sporty and elegant. It offers superb rims and a vibrant color palette. I wouldn't say it is among the most beautiful cars currently available on the market, but it would certainly be in the top 10.

 

The interior of the Lexus LC is absolutely superb, especially with some of the color combinations it offers. For example, if you opt for the red and black finish, you'll get a very aggressive and sporty look. I'm less fond of the beige interior, but I can certainly understand why many choose this option.

 

The Lexus LC lacks nothing in terms of technology, and its 12.3-inch screen is particularly impressive. The Japanese automaker has also made significant updates to safety technologies for 2024.

 

Performance

 

The Lexus LC offers two mechanical options, starting with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. It's a very surprising engine with a particularly pleasant sound. Trust me when I say it's something you wouldn't suspect just by looking at the car. Additionally, the Japanese automaker's sports car features a 10-speed automatic transmission that sends power directly to the rear wheels.

 

If you prefer hybrid cars, the 2024 LC offers a hybrid option with a combination of a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor for a total of 354 horsepower. This version uses a CVT and a 4-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to go from 0-100 km/h in less than 5.4 seconds, essentially

 

matching the performance of the V8. Moreover, the hybrid version boasts an average consumption of 8.1 L/100 km, significantly better than the V8's 13.0 L/100 km.

 

Weak Points

 

The trunk is not very spacious. It is more sporty than luxurious in its driving experience.

 

Strong Points

 

It is available as both a coupe and a convertible. It is a beautiful car that definitely turns heads. It is comfortable and very enjoyable to drive. It is certainly one of the most reliable sports cars on the market.

 

Signature Element

 

The Lexus LC is a unique car, but if there is one thing that allows it to stand out from its rivals, it is its V8 engine.

 

Final Word

 

The Lexus LC is not very well-known, which is unfortunate because I am sure it would be much more popular if the manufacturer promoted it. Nevertheless, this also gives it a certain charm and exclusivity that owners generally appreciate.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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