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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible review: Stunning looks above all

This vehicle looks so freaking superior.


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Each individual manufacturer has a halo vehicle, and for Lexus, it truly is the LC five hundred. Toyota’s premium brand name may possibly be best regarded for generating deluxe sedans and staid crossovers, but the LC is some thing totally distinct. It really is rapid and lovely, and in addition to the coupe, the LC five hundred is now readily available as a convertible.

Like

  • Great style and design inside of and out
  • Silky-smooth V8 engine
  • Tranquil for a convertible

Don’t Like

  • Infotainment is rough to use
  • Very minimal cargo area
  • Requirements a lot more electricity off the line

No matter of body model, the LC is a looker. My tester is lined in a luscious shade of purple paint, which is most likely the most lovely rouge this facet of Mazda’s Soul Purple. Lexus’ spindle grille does not glimpse terrible in this application, and I like how the distinctive headlight shape is echoed in the taillights. Entrance to back again, the LC is beautiful.

There’s functionality to back again up that model, much too — generally. The LC works by using a five.-liter the natural way aspirated V8 engine with 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and Lexus states this convertible can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. But when I hit the throttle, all I come to feel is hesitation. I want the LC five hundred to leap off the line, but you have received to give it a second for the engine to rev into the heart of its powerband.

After you are up and going, having said that, the LC is a total blast. The ten-speed computerized transmission is content to let the engine hold out higher in its rev selection, only upshifting when it almost touches the redline. The brakes have linear stopping come to feel and electricity, offering me the assurance to brake late in advance of diving into corners. The transmission downshifts preemptively, generating positive I am in the excellent gear for maximum attack on a corner exit.

Irrespective of its 4,540-pound control pounds, the LC is a good deal nimble, eager to be tossed into corners with a good deal of grip readily available from the Michelin Pilot Activity ZP tires (wrapped about 21-inch solid alloy wheels). Even though these are run-flats, the Michelins don’t have that difficult-as-a-rock feeling typical with this tire sort. My tester also has the optional Torsen limited-slip differential, which aids this rear-wheel-push behemoth rotate about turns. The LC is amazingly properly balanced with nary a trace of oversteer.

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


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The EPA fees the 2021 LC five hundred Convertible at fifteen mpg town, 25 mpg freeway and eighteen mpg put together. Irrespective of my significant right foot, I managed to see 20.2 mpg for the duration of a week of screening.

With the four-layer convertible major up, road and wind noise are kept to a minimum amount. But when I want to let the sunshine in, the roof folds back again in fifteen seconds and can be operated even though driving at speeds up to 31 mph. Oh, and FYI, the major command button is concealed under the palm relaxation for the infotainment controls. I went completely crazy seeking to obtain this you will find no way to know it truly is there.

As with most convertibles, the major system cuts into storage area, leaving the Lexus LC with just three.4 cubic feet of area in the trunk, which is barely enough for two soft-sided vacation bags. You are going to possible set these in the back again seat, which is wonderful, since most grown ups really should in no way try to sit back again there.

With the major down on a sunny day, I am reminded that the cooled seat settings are buried in the infotainment controls, which is frustrating as hell. I also desire the seats’ neck air outlets fed cold air as properly as heat.

Superior looks 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, managed by a touchpad on the heart console. Lexus states the pad really should function like a smartphone, with faucet, swipe and pinch-to-zoom controls. Trouble is, it truly is particularly challenging to use, particularly even though in movement. It really is uncomplicated to swipe earlier icons, the graphics are dated and the full matter really should just be scrapped. The LC does not nonetheless have Lexus’ new touchscreen, but at least Apple CarPlay, Android Car and Amazon Alexa are normal. Other normal technologies include blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping help, precollision braking and entire-speed adaptive cruise command.

The 2021 LC five hundred Convertible starts at $102,one hundred seventy five such as $one,075 for destination. My tester usually takes items a little bit even more with a selection of choices, such as upgraded wheels, a head-up screen and a couple of extras, for $113,320 as examined.

Trouble is, I am not positive what the LC five hundred is seeking to be. It really is not a sports vehicle like the Porsche 911 but it truly is not accommodating enough to be a grand tourer like a BMW eight Collection. The LC five hundred is form of in this bizarre ‘tweener area. But damn if these superior looks don’t make it compelling no matter.