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If you don't count the one-off limited-production LFA supercar, the LC500 is the boldest and most daring model to come from Toyota's luxury car division, first released in 2017 and mildly modified in 2019.
However, India received the Lexus LC500h two-door grand tourer in 2020, when it was introduced at a cost of Rs 1.96 crore (ex-showroom). The LS was a niche product for the Indian market, and it joined the Lexus's Indian lineup that included the NX, RX, and LX SUVs, and the luxury ES and LS sedans.
Under the 2,500-car import rule, Lexus delivered the LC500h to India via the CBU channel. The Lexus LC500h faced off against the Mercedes-AMG GT, Bentley Continental GT, Porsche 911, and Jaguar F-Type V8 in India.
Lexus launched a limited edition model of the Lexus LC 500h in India in 2021. The luxury sports coupe's limited edition variant, which is inspired by air-racing aerodynamic technology, costs roughly Rs 6 lakh more than the ordinary model.
Though international markets also get the LC offered with a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine option that churns out 477hp, India only gets the LC in the 500h configuration. The LC500h is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 300 horsepower and 348 Nm of torque. The V6 petrol engine works in collaboration with an electric motor that makes 180 hp.The combined power output of this hybrid system is rated at 354 hp. An innovative transmission that combines a 4-speed automatic and a CVT sends all this power to the rear wheels. When in manual mode, the driver has a total of ten 'gears' to pick from. The Lexus LC500h claims to go from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.7 seconds.
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The Lexus LC 500h Limited Edition was launched in India at a premium of over Rs 6 lakh over the normal model of the luxury sports coupe.
Sonic Silver, Black, and White Nova Glass Flake are the three exterior colour options for the limited edition Lexus LC 500h. On the outside, the limited edition model features a limited edition triple-eye twin-beam LED headlights, limited edition rear combination lamps,limited edition front grille and bumper, limited edition carbon fibre rear wing, stand out 21-inch alloy wheels, and more.
The interior on the limited edition Lexus LC 500h comes with Black Alcantara trimming and Saddle Tan Accents for the seats and the seat belts. The Black Alcantara finish can also be seen on the door trims, shift lever, and the steering wheel. Other features inside the cabin include 8-way power adjustable front seats along with a ventilation function.
Lexus offers the LC 500h in two different variants: 3.5 V6 Hybrid, and Limited Edition. The Lexus LC 500h is available in 10 different colours - Radiant Red Contrast Layering, White Nova Glass Flake, Graphite Black Glass Flake,Sonic Silver, Black, Naples Yellow Contrast Layering, Amber Crystal Shine, Sonic Titanium, Dark Gray Mica, and Deep Blue Mica.
Top features on the Lexus LC 500h include a 3-eye bi-beam LED headlamps 21-inch front seats are ventilated and eight-way power-adjustable. 10.3-inch EMV (electro multi-vision) touchscreen infotainment system and an 8-inch coloured instrument panel, cruise control, paddle shift, Lexus climate concierge, and auto AC system with independent temperature controls for front seats. The LC gets loads of customisation and personalisation options, however those can drive the price up significantly.
Key safety features on the Lexus LC 500h include eight airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, front and rear parking sensors, and parking assist monitor.
The Lexus LC 500h is available at a price range of Rs 2.09 crore to Rs 2.15 crore (ex-showroom). It competes with cars such as the BMW M8, Jaguar F-Type, Bentley Continental GT, and the Porsche 911.
The LC is a drop-dead gorgeous two-door coupe, no matter which angle you look from.
The silky-smooth hybrid powertrain offers effortless performance.
Extraordinary cabin design and interior materials, in line with the car's price tag.
The LC is an impressive blend of athleticism and elegant demeanour.
Lexus has equipped the LC 500h with state-of-the-art technology. It even gets a rear wheel steering that makes the LC feel more nimble on its feet.
Lacks the raw feel and emotion one craves for in a sports coupe.
Touchpad-based infotainment system that can be really irritating to operate.
Despite being a clever transmission setup, the CVT delivers power in a disconnected, and uneventful way.
Pricing for the Lexus LS500h is on an extremely expensive side. Rivals offer a better package.
Being a coupe, space and practicality is compromised to a certain extent. Rear seats are merely a show, trunk and interior storage space is limited too.
The V8 engine available on the international models is undoubtedly missed at this price point, as rivals offer better performance.
Just not as athletic to drive as you would want a car of this type to be.
The LC is a gorgeous two-door luxury sports Coupe that sits at the top of the Lexus range, next to the LS luxury sedan, and competes with the cars such as Bentley Continental GT, Jaguar F-Type and the BMW M8, albeit it has a more relaxed driving temperament than those legends. The interior of the LC is luxuriously lined with exquisite materials and a set of all-day comfortable front seats. In the back, there are a couple of chairs that are more or less decorative. The LC is a magnificent piece of rolling art with lots of cachet, as long as you don't anticipate sports-car precision.
One of the most distinctive-looking coupes on the road is the LC 500h. But this enticing coupe has more than just a pretty face. It features a hybrid powertrain that includes a 3.4-liter V6 engine working in conjunction with two electric motor generators that draw their power from a lithium-ion battery pack. As far as the driving experience goes, the hybrid LC500h is plenty quick right away, with the electric motor's rapid torque anchoring you to the seat, making the advertised 0-100kph time of 4.7sec more believable. However, the complex transmission setup that combines a 4-speed auto with the CVT, isn't as much fun as it’s meant to be.
Overall, the LC's eye-catching design, excellent cabin, and assurance of a pristine ownership experience will pique your interest. However, the exorbitant pricing and less-than-athletic driving demeanour prompt you to look at other options.