Weird, but won­der­ful

Sharp - - CARS -

Once upon a time, Lexus made a su­per­car called the LF-A and it en­thralled all those who drove it. It showed that Lexus could do so much more than make soft SUVS for the sub­urbs. But Lexus only made 500 of them. Fi­nally, it seems, the LF-A has a proper suc­ces­sor. The all-new LC500 grand-tour­ing coupe came out of left field this year. It looks un­usual and in­trigu­ing — both in­side and out — in an au­to­mo­tive land­scape that tends to­wards safe and sim­i­lar. That is the great tri­umph of the LC500. Its ev­ery­day us­abil­ity and rev-happy V8 engine only sweeten the deal. The smartest Smart car is all new for next year, and crammed with more bat­tery power than ever be­fore. The new Elec­tric Drive now has around 130 kilo­me­tres of range. It is silent, eco-friendly, and em­i­nently park­able. Ideal city trans­port, but also sur­pris­ingly quick and ut­terly joy­ful to drive. It’s like a hov­er­board for adults.

Engine 5.0-litre V8 Power 468 hp Price $115,000 (est.)

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