2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible review: Stunning looks above all

Victoria D. Doty

This auto appears to be like so freaking great.


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Just about every manufacturer has a halo auto, and for Lexus, it can be the LC 500. Toyota’s high quality model may well be ideal regarded for building lavish sedans and staid crossovers, but the LC is a little something fully different. It is speedy and gorgeous, and in addition to the coupe, the LC 500 is now accessible as a convertible.

Like

  • Superb layout within and out
  • Silky-clean V8 motor
  • Peaceful for a convertible

Will not Like

  • Infotainment is difficult to use
  • Pretty little cargo area
  • Demands additional electric power off the line

Regardless of entire body style, the LC is a looker. My tester is protected in a luscious shade of red paint, which is probably the most gorgeous rouge this side of Mazda’s Soul Red. Lexus’ spindle grille will not seem poor in this software, and I appreciate how the distinctive headlight form is echoed in the taillights. Entrance to back again, the LC is stunning.

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

Once you’re up and going, even so, the LC is a complete blast. The 10-speed automated transmission is satisfied to allow the motor dangle out significant in its rev selection, only upshifting when it just about touches the redline. The brakes have linear halting experience and electric power, supplying me the self esteem to brake late before diving into corners. The transmission downshifts preemptively, building positive I’m in the ideal gear for utmost attack on a corner exit.

Regardless of its four,540-pound suppress weight, the LC is a good deal nimble, eager to be tossed into corners with a good deal of grip accessible from the Michelin Pilot Sport ZP tires (wrapped about 21-inch solid alloy wheels). Even nevertheless these are operate-flats, the Michelins really don’t have that really hard-as-a-rock sensation frequent with this tire kind. My tester also has the optional Torsen confined-slip differential, which allows this rear-wheel-drive behemoth rotate about turns. The LC is incredibly perfectly balanced with nary a hint of oversteer.

The LC’s inside is nicely appointed but that infotainment tech has received to go.


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The EPA rates the 2021 LC 500 Convertible at 15 mpg city, twenty five mpg freeway and eighteen mpg combined. Regardless of my heavy proper foot, I managed to see 20.two mpg all through a 7 days of tests.

With the 4-layer convertible prime up, road and wind sound are saved to a bare minimum. But when I want to allow the sunshine in, the roof folds back again in 15 seconds and can be operated when driving at speeds up to 31 mph. Oh, and FYI, the prime regulate button is concealed under the palm rest for the infotainment controls. I went unquestionably crazy seeking to obtain this there is certainly no way to know it can be there.

As with most convertibles, the prime mechanism cuts into storage area, leaving the Lexus LC with just 3.four cubic ft of area in the trunk, which is barely adequate for two tender-sided journey luggage. You’ll probably set these in the back again seat, which is fine, because most grown ups ought to under no circumstances attempt to sit back again there.

With the prime down on a sunny working day, I’m reminded that the cooled seat settings are buried in the infotainment controls, which is aggravating as hell. I also desire the seats’ neck air outlets fed cold air as perfectly as warmth.

Superior appears to be like will take you significantly.


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Talking of infotainment, this may well be the LC’s most apparent Achilles’ heel. The Enform multimedia tech is housed on a 10.3-inch monitor, managed by a touchpad on the heart console. Lexus suggests the pad ought to operate like a smartphone, with tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom controls. Dilemma is, it can be incredibly complicated to use, specifically when in motion. It is effortless to swipe past icons, the graphics are dated and the whole point ought to just be scrapped. The LC will not nonetheless have Lexus’ new touchscreen, but at minimum Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa are standard. Other standard systems incorporate blind-spot monitoring, lane-retaining guide, precollision braking and comprehensive-speed adaptive cruise regulate.

The 2021 LC 500 Convertible begins at $102,a hundred seventy five which include $one,075 for destination. My tester normally takes factors a little bit additional with a amount of choices, which include upgraded wheels, a head-up show and a number of components, for $113,320 as tested.

Dilemma is, I’m not positive what the LC 500 is seeking to be. It is not a athletics auto like the Porsche 911 but it can be not accommodating adequate to be a grand tourer like a BMW eight Series. The LC 500 is kind of in this odd ‘tweener area. But damn if these great appears to be like really don’t make it powerful no matter.

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