With a centre of gravity 510mm off the ground, a centre of mass near the driver's hip point, and almost 50/50 per cent front/rear weight distribution, together with upper and lower wishbones all round, the chassis presents a tempting prospect. Steel springs and adjustable damping are standard and the most expensive Sport + model gets variable-ratio steering with a rear steering system, a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof and a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential.
The hybrid, however, feels hampered by its over two-tonne kerb weight, which lends a deliberate quality to the handling, where the steering feels nervous as you first turn the wheel. There's a lot of anti-roll in the chassis and yaw builds up fast without the progression of say, a Jaguar F-Type, though if you really hurl it up the road it's more trustworthy and a better communicator than you first thought. Certainly, those 21-inch Michelin run-flat tyres grip tenaciously and though they don't do the low-speed ride many favours, overall all versions of the LC ride pretty well.
By contrast, the V8 is a perfect hoot from the get go, just the sort of car that relishes over driving, cornering on the limit and being flung up the road with that V8 racing noisily and tyres squealing. It might not quite have the precision of Jaguar's F-Type, but it does long distance travel with considerably more aplomb.
Aimed at rivals such as Mercedes-Benz's SL, BMW's 6-series and the Maserati GranTurismo, rather than the Jaguar or Porsche 911, the Lexus provides enough to thrill and cosset. And, priced at between £76,595 and £85,895 depending on the trim level, it's good value in this market where prices quickly get into six figures. It'll be rare, too, with just 250 a year destined for the UK. It could do with a tiny bit more precision and dynamism (particularly the hybrid), but the new LC is a country mile from boring and actually quite a desirable motorcar.
Engines: 3.5-litre V6 petrol/electric hybrid, or 5-litre V8 petrol
Transmission: 10-spd auto (both), rear-wheel drive
Bhp/lb ft: 354bhp total system (hybrid), 467bhp/389lb ft (V8)
0-62mph: 4.7sec (hybrid), 4.7sec (V8)
Top speed: 155mph (hybrid), 168mph (V8)
Price as tested: £76,595 - 85,895