October 19, 2021


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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible review: Stunning looks above all

This motor vehicle appears to be so freaking good. Emme Hall/Roadshow Each and every manufacturer...

This motor vehicle appears to be so freaking good.

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Each and every manufacturer has a halo motor vehicle, and for Lexus, it is the LC 500. Toyota’s top quality brand may be best recognized for making luxurious sedans and staid crossovers, but the LC is a little something fully unique. It is really rapid and attractive, and in addition to the coupe, the LC 500 is now available as a convertible.


  • Outstanding structure inside and out
  • Silky-smooth V8 motor
  • Peaceful for a convertible

Don’t Like

  • Infotainment is hard to use
  • Really minor cargo area
  • Desires much more power off the line

Irrespective of human body design and style, the LC is a looker. My tester is coated in a luscious shade of purple paint, which is in all probability the most attractive rouge this side of Mazda’s Soul Red. Lexus’ spindle grille won’t search undesirable in this application, and I really like how the distinct headlight form is echoed in the taillights. Entrance to back again, the LC is spectacular.

There is certainly overall performance to back again up that design and style, far too — typically. The LC works by using a five.-liter normally aspirated V8 motor with 471 horsepower and 398 pound-toes of torque, and Lexus claims this convertible can speed up to sixty mph in 4.six seconds. But when I hit the throttle, all I experience is hesitation. I want the LC 500 to leap off the line, but you’ve acquired to give it a second for the motor to rev into the coronary heart of its powerband.

After you are up and moving, even so, the LC is a overall blast. The ten-speed automatic transmission is delighted to enable the motor cling out high in its rev array, only upshifting when it nearly touches the redline. The brakes have linear halting experience and power, giving me the self esteem to brake late prior to diving into corners. The transmission downshifts preemptively, making certain I am in the great gear for highest attack on a corner exit.

Inspite of its 4,540-pound suppress bodyweight, the LC is a great deal nimble, eager to be tossed into corners with a great deal of grip available from the Michelin Pilot Sport ZP tires (wrapped all around 21-inch forged alloy wheels). Even while these are operate-flats, the Michelins don’t have that really hard-as-a-rock sensation prevalent with this tire kind. My tester also has the optional Torsen restricted-slip differential, which allows this rear-wheel-travel behemoth rotate all around turns. The LC is unbelievably very well well balanced with nary a hint of oversteer.

The LC’s inside is properly appointed but that infotainment tech has acquired to go.

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The EPA rates the 2021 LC 500 Convertible at fifteen mpg metropolis, twenty five mpg freeway and 18 mpg blended. Inspite of my large appropriate foot, I managed to see 20.two mpg in the course of a 7 days of screening.

With the 4-layer convertible best up, highway and wind sounds are stored to a minimal. But when I want to enable the sunshine in, the roof folds back again in fifteen seconds and can be operated although driving at speeds up to 31 mph. Oh, and FYI, the best manage button is concealed below the palm relaxation for the infotainment controls. I went totally outrageous attempting to obtain this there is no way to know it is there.

As with most convertibles, the best mechanism cuts into storage area, leaving the Lexus LC with just 3.4 cubic toes of area in the trunk, which is rarely more than enough for two tender-sided travel luggage. You will possible set individuals in the back again seat, which is good, since most adults really should by no means endeavor to sit back again there.

With the best down on a sunny working day, I am reminded that the cooled seat options are buried in the infotainment controls, which is troublesome as hell. I also wish the seats’ neck air retailers fed chilly air as very well as heat.

Very good appears to be will take you significantly.

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Speaking of infotainment, this may be the LC’s most obvious Achilles’ heel. The Enform multimedia tech is housed on a ten.3-inch display, controlled by a touchpad on the center console. Lexus claims the pad really should operate like a smartphone, with tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom controls. Issue is, it is very difficult to use, in particular although in movement. It is really straightforward to swipe previous icons, the graphics are dated and the total detail really should just be scrapped. The LC won’t yet have Lexus’ new touchscreen, but at least Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa are standard. Other standard technologies involve blind-place monitoring, lane-maintaining aid, precollision braking and full-speed adaptive cruise manage.

The 2021 LC 500 Convertible starts off at $102,a hundred seventy five which include $one,075 for location. My tester normally takes items a little bit more with a quantity of choices, which include upgraded wheels, a head-up exhibit and a few equipment, for $113,320 as examined.

Issue is, I am not certain what the LC 500 is attempting to be. It is really not a sports motor vehicle like the Porsche 911 but it is not accommodating more than enough to be a grand tourer like a BMW eight Series. The LC 500 is kind of in this unusual ‘tweener area. But damn if individuals good appears to be don’t make it persuasive irrespective.