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Ask a New Yorker in the middle of midtown rush hour about how they interpret the phrase “time is money” and chances are you’ll be brushed off with a rude look.

Even in the city where money talks and sleep is cast into the “nobody got time fo’ that” heap, New Yorkers know that no amount of money can buy back time wasted on unimportant things like our questions. Money can, however, make the short time we have on this Earth a better one, and the Big Apple’s affinity with the LC500h that Lexus lent us is proof of that.

The effect the LC's body has on a street-bound audience does wonders to justify its six-figure sticker price. Yes, you read that right. You can thank $11,100 of optional doodads for helping our hybrid test car blow past its $96,510 base price and reach the $100k+ finish line. Included with our LC was a performance package that bathes the interior in alcantara accents, adds rear-wheel steering, an active rear spoiler, variable gear ratio steering, and then replaces the roof and door sills with carbon fiber. A 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and a convenience package that bundles driver aids like intuitive park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring all ballooned the price further.

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