There are two engines on offer. The LC 500h variant gets a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid unit. Alternatively, there's a LC 500 derivative under the bonnet of which beats a 5.0-litre V8, a modified version of the powerplant Lexus uses in its RC F and GS F models. In this form, it produces 467bhp at 7,100rpm, so the LC doesn't want for pace. 62mph is reached in just 4.4s and if you've a stretch of unrestricted autobahn handy, the top speed is 168mph. As usual with a Lexus, there's a range of selectable driving settings - six in total - and of these, the one you're going to want to try most is 'Sport S'. This should be ideal for your favourite back road, delivered crisp, sharp responses from the adaptive suspension and the sophisticated 10-speed direct-shift auto paddleshift gearbox.
We'll need a lengthy drive to fully brief you on the drive dynamics but early reports suggest that they achieve a good balance of what segment buyers will be looking for. That means something sharper than you'd get in, say, a Mercedes' SL and BMW's 6 Series but a little more comfort-orientated than you'd find in, say, a Porsche 911 or a Jaguar's F-TYPE.