2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible review: Stunning looks above all

This auto seems so freaking good.


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Each and every company has a halo auto, and for Lexus, it really is the LC five hundred. Toyota’s quality brand name may possibly be finest regarded for producing luxurious sedans and staid crossovers, but the LC is anything absolutely distinctive. It can be rapid and gorgeous, and in addition to the coupe, the LC five hundred is now offered as a convertible.

Like

  • Fantastic style inside of and out
  • Silky-smooth V8 motor
  • Tranquil for a convertible

You should not Like

  • Infotainment is tough to use
  • Pretty minimal cargo place
  • Needs a lot more energy off the line

Regardless of human body design and style, the LC is a looker. My tester is lined in a luscious shade of crimson paint, which is most likely the most gorgeous rouge this facet of Mazda’s Soul Purple. Lexus’ spindle grille isn’t going to seem lousy in this software, and I appreciate how the distinctive headlight form is echoed in the taillights. Front to back again, the LC is amazing.

You will find overall performance to back again up that design and style, as well — generally. The LC takes advantage of a five.-liter naturally aspirated V8 motor with 471 horsepower and 398 pound-toes of torque, and Lexus claims this convertible can accelerate to 60 mph in four.6 seconds. But when I hit the throttle, all I truly feel is hesitation. I want the LC five hundred to leap off the line, but you’ve bought to give it a second for the motor to rev into the coronary heart of its powerband.

The moment you’re up and relocating, even so, the LC is a total blast. The ten-pace automatic transmission is pleased to permit the motor hang out large in its rev range, only upshifting when it virtually touches the redline. The brakes have linear halting truly feel and energy, providing me the assurance to brake late in advance of diving into corners. The transmission downshifts preemptively, producing confident I am in the excellent equipment for utmost attack on a corner exit.

Inspite of its four,540-pound control weight, the LC is a lot nimble, eager to be tossed into corners with a lot of grip offered from the Michelin Pilot Sport ZP tires (wrapped all over 21-inch forged alloy wheels). Even nevertheless these are operate-flats, the Michelins don’t have that challenging-as-a-rock sensation widespread with this tire variety. My tester also has the optional Torsen limited-slip differential, which helps this rear-wheel-generate behemoth rotate all over turns. The LC is incredibly properly well balanced with nary a trace of oversteer.

The LC’s interior is nicely appointed but that infotainment tech has bought to go.


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The EPA premiums the 2021 LC five hundred Convertible at fifteen mpg town, 25 mpg highway and eighteen mpg blended. Inspite of my hefty proper foot, I managed to see twenty.2 mpg for the duration of a week of testing.

With the four-layer convertible major up, street and wind noise are held to a bare minimum. But when I want to permit 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 major control button is hidden less than the palm relaxation for the infotainment controls. I went absolutely ridiculous hoping to discover this there is certainly no way to know it really is there.

As with most convertibles, the major system cuts into storage place, leaving the Lexus LC with just three.four cubic toes of place in the trunk, which is hardly enough for two delicate-sided journey luggage. You may probable set people in the back again seat, which is good, because most grown ups really should in no way attempt to sit back again there.

With the major down on a sunny working day, I am reminded that the cooled seat configurations are buried in the infotainment controls, which is bothersome as hell. I also want the seats’ neck air outlets fed cold air as properly as warmth.

Superior seems will acquire you far.


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Talking of infotainment, this may possibly be the LC’s most evident Achilles’ heel. The Enform multimedia tech is housed on a ten.three-inch display screen, controlled by a touchpad on the middle console. Lexus claims the pad really should do the job like a smartphone, with faucet, swipe and pinch-to-zoom controls. Difficulty is, it really is very hard to use, in particular although in movement. It can be straightforward to swipe previous icons, the graphics are dated and the complete thing really should just be scrapped. The LC isn’t going to but have Lexus’ new touchscreen, but at the very least Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa are conventional. Other conventional systems include blind-spot monitoring, lane-maintaining guide, precollision braking and comprehensive-pace adaptive cruise control.

The 2021 LC five hundred Convertible commences at $102,one hundred seventy five which includes $1,075 for desired destination. My tester usually takes items a bit further with a number of choices, which includes upgraded wheels, a head-up show and a few equipment, for $113,320 as analyzed.

Difficulty is, I am not confident what the LC five hundred is hoping to be. It can be not a sports auto like the Porsche 911 but it really is not accommodating enough to be a grand tourer like a BMW 8 Collection. The LC five hundred is form of in this bizarre ‘tweener place. But damn if people good seems don’t make it powerful regardless.