Just about from the primary time I drove a Lexus LC, I fell in love with the automobile (and most of us on workers have related emotions). And having spent every week just lately in a 2022 LC 500h variant, I am nonetheless as keen on it as ever. It’s, in some ways, a close to good grand tourer. It is received gorgeous attractiveness (confirmed by numerous strangers asking about it) with particulars at house on an idea automobile. I will by no means get bored with the infinity mirror taillights. The inside does the identical with leather-based and suede over almost each floor and much more styling aptitude from the grooves within the doorways to the floating handles. And at last, it is pretty to drive. Even with the hybrid engine, it is clean and pretty swift, and the trip and dealing with are simply on the sporty facet of comfy: nice to commute in, and glad being pushed a bit of bit.
It is a automobile that is so good, that I discovered myself questioning, why aren’t there extra of them? And I am not simply speaking about LCs (though the LC is so good it actually deserves to be promoting in large numbers). Why aren’t there extra private luxurious coupes and grand tourers?
It definitely wasn’t all the time that method. The mid- to late-Twentieth century was the heyday of the luxurious coupe. America led the best way with huge Cadillac and Lincoln hardtops with as a lot sheet steel on both finish because it had within the center. However later within the century, as extra luxurious automakers jumped in, we received extra svelte GT-style automobiles from BMW (8 Sequence), Lexus (SC), Acura (Legend) and extra. Stylish two-door luxurious was a factor. However now the variety of high-end coupes are dwindling not simply in gross sales, however in choices. Mercedes killed its S-Class coupe a number of years in the past, and it has been ages since we have seen something of the kind from Cadillac, Lincoln and others.
Okay, so I actually know why they don’t seem to be a lot of a factor anymore, at the very least to an extent. Coupes simply aren’t the favored physique model. That crown goes to SUVs. Simply take a look at BMW’s gross sales for proof. It bought round 1,400 8 Sequence fashions within the first quarter of this 12 months, and that is together with convertibles, coupes and the Gran Coupe four-door hatchback. In distinction, it bought greater than 6,400 X7s, the efficient SUV equal to the 7 and eight Sequence automobiles. And I’ve little question that there is extra happening than the will for the massive, truck-like form. There’s additionally the practicality of getting an SUV.
What I am getting at is that, a luxurious coupe looks like a way more luxurious and particular machine for the cash than a type of high-end SUVs and even flagship sedans. And whereas I would not count on it to overhaul or exchange these different segments, the coupe class looks like it needs to be a extra fashionable one with extra choices.
The primary massive side is just the appears to be like. The LC is the chief, right here, with every part we have already talked about, however others are noteworthy, too. The 8 Sequence coupe has a extra conventional form, however nonetheless is low, lengthy and glossy in a method BMWs with extra doorways strive arduous to emulate, however do not fairly match. The sadly discontinued S-Class coupe was much less sporty wanting, however that was in step with its persona, which was extra about consolation and refinement. It is clear curves and tall, stately form communicated this superbly, and with extra character than the sedate sedan on which it was primarily based. Whereas all of those automobiles took barely completely different paths for the luxurious coupe form, all of them are or had been extra putting than something with extra doorways. And why would not you need one thing lovely and attention-grabbing whenever you’re spending six figures on a automobile? There’s something to be mentioned for not having one thing obnoxious, which could possibly be mentioned of some supercars, however these are trendy with out shouting about it.
The subsequent side that is so great about these coupes is that it is all about you as the driving force, be it your enjoyable and/or consolation. You are not paying for something that is not for you. And is not that what a luxurious automobile is all about? Until you’ve gotten a chauffeur, why would you like a long-wheelbase sedan or massive SUV to easily drive to work, the golf course or, um, artwork gallery opening? If you happen to’re shopping for a luxurious automobile, it needs to be about pampering your self, not different folks. Do your children want 2 ft of legroom and reclining, massaging, temperature-controlled seats? Or are you actually that involved about that one time each six months you drive pals to dinner?
Even when the reply is “sure!” there’s a straightforward resolution that is most likely already been taken care of: personal one other automobile that is extra sensible. If you happen to can afford a six-figure luxurious automobile, you’ll be able to absolutely afford to have one thing extra sensible within the storage, too. It would not need to be one other flagship if cash is “tight.” You would have a BMW X5, Mercedes GLE, Volvo XC90 or every other of the numerous luxurious SUVs in the marketplace. And because you’re simply utilizing it for occasions whenever you want the area, does it matter if it is not absolutely the pinnacle of luxurious, slightly extra a penultimate luxurious automobile? And as for carrying stuff, you won’t even actually need to put some issues in top-tier SUV. If you happen to’re performing some yard work, you may be happier having one thing barely much less fancy for filling with mulch or instruments. Or have you ever thought of a luxurious pickup, like a Sierra Denali Final or F-150 King Ranch? Perhaps you have already got one thing extra sensible that your vital different drives. In that case, you positively do not want one other hauler. And if that vital different additionally desires a cool coupe, effectively, high quality. I believe we have established that you just’re most likely ready that you would afford a number of automobiles, so three would not appear to be a large stretch. Heck, you would even simply hire one thing extra spacious on the odd days you want one thing.
What I am getting at is that, high-end luxurious coupes appear to be one of the best sort of luxurious car. They’ll supply all of the gadgetry, consolation and refinement of their extra sensible siblings, however in a package deal that is far prettier and extra centered on you. And whenever you’re simply doing all of your traditional commute or errands, why not select one thing that makes all these moments extra particular with a gorgeous, plush coupe? Spend the cash on the particular automobile you will drive essentially the most, and simply choose up one thing rather less extravagant for these occasions you want one thing with area. You’ve gotten the cash in any case.