In pricing the LC500 from £76,595, Lexus has heli-dropped its sleek coupé into a savagely competitive marketplace.
You’ll need to find only another £1296 for a 911 – outgunned by the Lexus in terms of power and noisier at a cruise, but undoubtedly the superior car for ride and handling – and Jaguar’s F-Type 400 Sport undercuts its Japanese rival by £5000.
Neither of those cars will struggle to keep pace with the Lexus, but nor do they offer an engine quite in the same league in terms of charisma.
A Mercedes-Benz S500 costs even more, although it has no equal for long-range refinement in this segment.
Further support for the LC500’s case is touring economy nudging 40mpg – outrageously high for a car with an atmospheric 5.0-litre V8 and largely down to the car’s 10 speeds, the tallest of which allows the engine to wallow at 1155rpm on a motorway cruise.