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2017 Lexus LC Australian pricing and specifications


After being first revealed at the Detroit Auto Show 2016 almost 18 months ago and looking unashamedly like a concept car, the 2017 Lexus LC range grand tourer is finally on sale in Australia. Whilst not a huge seller for the brand in Australia, Lexus still believes that around 100 will be sold before the end of 2017.

Both the V8-powered LC500 and V6 hybrid LC500h are in Lexus dealerships this week, and are identically priced and well equipped at $190,000 plus on-road costs. Lexus Australia predicts that 80 percent of LC sales will be attributed to the V8 LC500.

2017 Lexus LC black front

The 2017 Lexus LC500 utilises the same 5.0-litre V8 that’s used in other Lexus models such as the RC F, and in this tune produces 351kW of power at a stratospheric 7,100rpm and 540Nm of torque, and is matched to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Lexus lists a 0-100km/h sprint of just 4.7 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 270km/h.

Choose an LC500h however, and the 5.0-litre V8 is swapped for a 3.5-litre V6 with a 300Nm Lithium-Ion battery pack. Total output for the LC500h is 264kW and 500Nm, enough to send the LC500h to 100km/h only 0.3 seconds slower than the LC500 at 5.0. Top speed is slightly lower, at an electronically limited 250km/h. The LC500h drives through a combination of a four-speed and CVT automatic gearbox, which gives a combined ten total ratios.

2017 Lexus LC red front cornering

Lexus lists fuel consumption for the LC500 at 11.6L/100km with emissions of 267g/km of CO2. Choose the LC500h, and this drops to 6.7L/100km and 152g/km. Lexus claims a kerb weight of between 1,935 and 2,020kg.

Adaptive suspension also features on both versions with Lexus claiming that the rear-end is of a particularly compact design to allow for a lower centre of gravity. This also allows ample space for the LC500h’s rear-mounted battery pack and also supposedly allows for an almost-perfect weight distribution. Both the LC500 and LC500h ride on massive 21-inch alloy wheels with Michelin run-flat tyres.

2017 Lexus LC interior

Being part of the Lexus family, the LC500 and LC500h are very well equipped for the money. Standard equipment includes a 10.3-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation and SUNA live traffic updates, a 918-watt 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, full LED lighting, a panoramic glass roof, a colour heads-up display, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats with 12-way adjustment and six drive modes.

Active safety equipment is also taken care of with the standard Lexus Safety System+, which incorporates adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beam, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, a reversing camera, eight airbags and a tyre-pressure monitor for the LC’s run-flat tyres.

2017 Lexus LC silver front

Only one option is available on both 2017 Lexus LC500 models, the Enhancement Package for $15,000. This adds four-wheel steering with a variable gear ratio steering which allows for the turning circle to be reduced by 25 percent, a limited-slip differential for the LC500h which is already standard on the LC500, an active rear spoiler that deploys at 80km/h, a carbon fibre roof in place of a glass roof, a combination of leather/Alcantara upholstery with ten-way powered front sports seats and carbon fibre scuff plates.

2017 Lexus LC red rear

Both the 2017 Lexus LC500 and LC500h are in Lexus dealerships now, ready to be stared and drooled at.