The safety-conscious folks at Toyota also made sure the latest Lexus coupe didn’t roll off the assembly line without getting a suite of advanced safety features, including pedestrian detection, automatic brake assistance, dynamic cruise control, lane departure assistance and intelligent high beam headlights.
Australian customers should also tick the option box for the LC 500’s enhancement pack, which elevates an already gorgeous cabin into exotic car territory. Cloaked in semi-aniline leather, rich Alcantara and deep-pile carpets, the Lexus feels more like a Ferrari than a Japanese luxury car, deeply impressing with its combination of materials and execution.
But let’s not end on a negative: where the hybrid model is decent, the V8-engined model is truly a bit special, chiefly for the fluency with which you can make progress. Dwell on that for a moment, because it’s quite a landmark statement to make about a Lexus and exactly what they were aiming for when they made this car.
Naturally, it was out on the open roads where both powertrains felt most at home, combining with a tremendous ride comfort to provide plenty of enjoyment in any of the six driving modes available. It was also out on the road where the sultry cabin shined the brightest, offering up stylish and comfortable confines that were more than adequate for a full day of driving. The infotainment system did, however, prove to be one sore spot, with no touchscreen on the dash, and a clunky interface that was complicated to operate.