The Lexus LC feels a bit like a car created by people so excited by the idea that it could exist at all that they neglected to focus fully on all the things it needed to do and be.

That’s entirely understandable when you consider just how incredible the car looks – inside and out. But the LC500 just doesn’t have the touring practicality, easy drivability, systems usability or rolling refinement we expect of a luxury coupé.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
As soulful as it is stunning, but a much better sports car than a GT

Even so, as a keen driver, you still feel inclined to make a case for it. The LC500 has a superbly charismatic and likeable V8 engine, and the balanced, spry, involving handling make it feel, at times, more of a natural rival for a Jaguar F-Type or a Porsche 911 than a Mercedes S-Class Coupé.

It seems large, heavy, leaden-footed and a bit cumbersome on the road at times too – so you never quite escape a feeling of ambivalence towards the car.

Ultimately, depending on how much you’re moved by its virtues or irked by its shortcomings, this car is either a bit of a rough diamond or the dreaded curate’s egg. For us, it’s much closer to the former.

That is why, the LC makes our top five ahead of the outgoing Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, but is just behind the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé, Jaguar F-Type R and the formidable Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.

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