The Lexus LC 500 is available as hard-top coupe or convertible.
The Lexus LC 500 is a 2+2 sports car, the latest high-performance model from Toyota’s luxury marque. This year, a convertible joins the coupe and a hybrid variant. Thus, we now have a jaw-dropping gorgeous touring drop-top version serving as a fitting capstone to the model line.
Lexus offers the 2021 LC 500 Convertible in one trim costing $102,105, including a $1,025 destination charge. The LC is a rear-wheel-drive car with a soft-top roof. Various upgrades include a Touring Package ($5,290: upgraded leather, a climate concierge with upper body heating; and a Mark Levinson audio group). Also, staggered forged alloy wheels ($2,650); a limited-slip differential with performance dampers ($460); and a head-up display ($900).
All told, a fully equipped LC convertible may approach $110,000.
Lexus’ spindle grille dominates the front fascia, a familiar look some find polarizing. We like the edginess of this design and it wears well on the LC. The anvil-shaped front lights, oversized wheel vents, and dramatic rear lighting elements are engineering and artistic touches both.
The contrasting black soft-touch roof is a pretty touch, but we think a folding hard-top roof would have been a better design. Regardless, with the roof down, the LC is fetching from all angles.
Inside, the cabin is cozy – so much so that the rear seats are mostly decorative and not fit for the average human. The front seats are thickly padded and bolstered. As for the rest of the interior, it advances a simplistic, yet refined approach. On hand is fine leathers, metallic trim, and glass finish to dazzle the senses.
Quick Drop Top
Color us impressed by the workings of the soft-top roof. A pop-up panel located just ahead of the center armrest conceals the controls. Lexus did such a good job of hiding it that it took us a few minutes to locate it. The beauty of this system is that the driver has little to do other than to hold a switch in place for about 15 seconds. Then, watch the roof separate from the upper windshield, while a portion of the trunk opens to receive it. Everything is electronic – there are no clips to manage and the roof stows itself in the trunk without intervention.
Reversing the process is just as fast, although activating a second switch at the end to close the rear side windows is required to shut them. Importantly, the roof can be activated on the go at speeds up to 31 mph. That’s very helpful when a rain shower suddenly strikes and you’re stuck between slow-moving traffic.
Safety & Technology
Every safety feature you expect is included with the LC. This roster is composed of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. Also, lane departure alert with steering assist, and active roll bars that automatically engage if the convertible flips over.
On the tech front, the offerings are no less impressive with a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility. Siri Eyes Free and navigation are also included. A high-resolution split-screen 10.3-inch display occupies the center stack and is managed by a finger-tap control pad at the base of the stack.
Lexus LC 500 Performance
The 5.0-liter V8 powering the LC comes paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Unlike the hardtop coupe, a hybrid variant is not available. At least not yet.
This engine produces 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. We already knew it was fast in our previous encounters with the coupe.
In the convertible, with the roof down, the roar of the engine and the percolating exhaust system brings the cacophony inside.
On Twisty Roads
The LC is designed for twisty roads, as it hugs every turn with precision while cornering with ease. Though its step-off acceleration is wonderful, the LC shines brightest on the open road when a sudden burst of power is needed.
The engine responds with a roar, while heads snap back against the embroidered headrests. It’s a gleefully terrifyingly thrilling experience during those times and serves as an appropriate showcase of this model’s prowess.
We laud the LC for its wide tires, big brakes, and a smooth suspension system for supplying a comfortable ride. An assortment of driving modes, including Sport and Sport+, amplify the driving experience, including its handling acuity.
Bringing an LC convertible to the market was a logical move for Lexus and we could not be happier. If you have extra cash laying around (and who doesn’t?!), opt for the limited-run Inspiration Series that is painted in “structural blue” and has a white leather interior.
You will pay $120,000 for this special version, which is limited to just 100 buyers.
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