For 2021, Lexus introduces the first-ever Lexus LC 500 Convertible. The LC line features performance upgrades such as an enhanced Sport S+ mode for greater agility and sharper steering. While the LC 500 Convertible boasts special engine tuning, additional bracing and reduced unsprung weight for exceptional responsiveness—whether the top is up or down.
Featuring the same naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine, sleek silhouette and near-perfect balance as its coupe counterpart, it adds a lightweight soft top, an advanced Climate Concierge with Upper Body Heating, a redesigned suspension, added rigidity for more responsive handling, and more.
Every design on this convertible is engineered to provide direct, responsive performance. With four air intakes and rear aero ducts to help reduce lift and drag, even the air itself contributes to the high-speed handling.
The LC boasts one of the most powerful naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engines for a truly exhilarating experience… With an impressive 5.0-liter V8 engine, 471 horsepower and blistering zero-to-60 times, the LC 500 models are engineered to give drivers a full-throttle experience. There’s a 10-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters was specifically designed for the LC. This exclusive transmission has one of the fastest shift times among conventional automatic transmissions, changing gears in 0.12 seconds.
“Drop Top Fridays” will take on an entirely different meaning with the LC Convertible. It’s takes a mere 15 seconds at driving speeds of up to 30 mph to retract the top. The soft top can then be stored without impacting luggage capacity. The convertible’s advanced Climate Concierge with Upper Body Heating goes beyond simply integrating the heating and air conditioning systems with the heated steering wheel and seats. It also utilizes vents designed to direct air from behind the steering wheel toward the hands and incorporates additional upper body heating vents in the front seats to keep you comfortable in cooler weather…In addition to the convertible’s lightweight, four-layer top construction that minimizes creasing and road noise, Active Noise Control can sense ambient noise within the cabin and counter it. Furthermore, Mark Levinson®5 and Lexus engineers worked hand in hand to produce a custom soundscape for the convertible’s unique acoustics. They painstakingly optimized the interior listening environment, crafting a surround sound audio system that adjusts for the additional wind and road noise when the top is retracted.
No detail was spared when creating the LC. The precision crafted steering wheel was developed by studying the contours of the human hand, measuring the distribution of palm pressure during circuit driving, then manipulating the cross section in order to achieve the ideal grip no matter where your hands are placed. Alcantara ®-trimmed 4 door panels with deep, flowing lines form a distinctive look and feel. And ambient illumination accentuates the bold contours and details throughout the cabin. The interior beauty of the LC is mirrored by the striking exterior. It boasts sleek triple-projector ultra-compact LED headlamps, stunning dimensional taillamps inspired by the dramatic glow of a jet’s afterburners, and flush exterior door handles.
THE NUMBERS: MSRP/$101,100 — MPG: City/15 – Hwy/25