2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Review

Voltaire said, “It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.”

Beauty, thy name is Lexus LC 500.

OK, the name isn’t beautiful, but Toyota’s luxury brand understands beauty and sure as heck knows how to affect us … mix beauty, power and luxury, then drop the top.

If you’ve seen the bodacious LC 500 coupe since its 2018 debut you know it’s a looker. Sleek lines, stylish corseted nose and sexy rear end. For 2021 Lexus creates a drop-top version that exudes even more beauty.

READ: 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster Review

Mine was a pre-production model that Lexus graciously sent to Midwest auto writers during this pandemic when new vehicles are becoming a bit scarce as factories have been closed and are slowly reopening and ramping up production.

Funny, but even as a pre-pro

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Lexus announces IS redesign, new ES AWD and LC 500 convertible for 2021.

Lexus announced some big changes in three of its luxury models for 2021.

For 2021, the new IS benefits from a refreshed look as well as some new lower pricing.

Up front, the bold spindle grille has been revised, and new compact LED headlights added. The fender flares have been widened by 30mm giving it a far more muscular and aggressive stance than its outgoing predecessor. A newly designed rear deck is accentuated by new L-shaped light bar that runs across the full width of the car that highlights its now wider stance.


The interior has been updated with a standard 8-inch touch screen display with a 10.3-inch being offered as an option. A new remote touch interface mounted in the centre console now has pinch to zoom, flick to scroll and handwriting actions integrated for easier control of the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been added,

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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible: Did Lexus Replicate the Formula 1 Formula?

So what’s behind the title of this review? Honestly, after driving the stellar 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible, I thought about Formula 1 teams Williams and Racing Point. They utilize their own chassis, but use Mercedes-Benz built engines. McLaren is even planning a switch to the coveted powerplants for the 2021 racing season. There’s a good reason for this, as the Mercedes-PETRONAS racing team has dominated the sport for many years now. With a powerful 5.0-liter, 32-valve V8 motor outputting 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, the performance and the sound of the engine in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible made me think of the AMG naturally aspirated engines that used to motivate some of the world’s best sports cars. In fact, my personal 2009 SL63 AMG has a 600 plus horsepower naturally aspirated engine. Present day AMG models all use turbocharged engine variants.

Given the incredible levels

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Lexus LC 500 Convertible (2020) review

You could buy a Mercedes-Benz SL, but that’s quite old now. New Aston Martin Vantage Roadster? It’s hard to argue against, but it’s also nudging £130k. Porsche 911 Cabriolet? Obviously lovely, but also a bit obvious. Those buying a convertible clearly want something that stands out, unlike anything else on the road. Enter the Lexus LC 500 Convertible.

This is the open-top sister car to the LC 500 coupe, which we’ve already driven in both regular V8 and LC 500h hybrid guises. The drop-top is only coming as a V8: the folding roof eats up all the space otherwise taken up by the hybrid batteries (it barely leaves enough room for luggage either). Still, as if we’re going to complain that a V8 is the default choice…

A 477hp 5.0-litre V8 at that, sweeping this two-tonne open-top four-seater to 62mph in 5.0 seconds, yet still returning a class-average 24.1mpg. Yes,

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Lexus LC Convertible

The highly anticipated Lexus LC Convertible has now joined the LC range, several years after the coupe first went on sale to bolster the image of the Lexus brand. It was a well-needed shot in the arm, proving Lexus can excite with edgy styling and take on more established rivals including Porsche. The drop-top should offer even greater thrills, allowing occupants to better hear the roar of the V8 engine.

It’s a neatly styled roof, too, leaving the LC’s sharp lines intact. When it’s stowed – in around 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph – there’s a rear deck that seems to make the Convertible’s rear haunches look even wider. It also gains a new set of rear lights and chrome exhaust finishers nestled at either side of the rear diffuser.

With no

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2021 Lexus UX 250h Black Line Special Edition revealed

Lexus just found a way to make the UX 250h look even more like a regular hatchback. It’s called the 2021 Lexus UX Black Line Special Edition, and it follows the path of previous Lexus Black Line models before it (ES, GS, RC). We’ll note that this special edition is based on the hybrid version of the UX, and isn’t available with the standard gasoline engine variant.

The body-color fenders stand out the most. Instead of ruggedized black plastic, Lexus is painting them in the same color as the rest of the body. Lexus’ UX was already one of the most car-like of the tiny crossover class, and eliminating the ugly crossover-like fenders brings it even deeper into hatchback territory. By painting them the same color as the body, it tricks the eye into thinking the car is hunkered down lower to the ground. The gloss black side sills and

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Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 UK review

The roof mechanism itself is reasonably quick (though not as fast-acting as that of the new Aston Vantage Roadster) and operates at road-speeds of up to 30mph. The toggleswitch that controls the mechanism is then neatly hidden beneath a leather-clad flap on the transmission tunnel. The LC’s cabin is otherwise unchanged, and keeps the tiny rear seats, which are more useful for luggage than humans. 

But what a cabin this is. The camel interior of this car is especially fetching, but in any hue the interplay between curves, planes and hard angles feels likeably and exotically different to anything European. The recessed dashboard and organic-looking door-cards stand out in particular, and but for an inch more reach in the steering column, the driving position would be largely beyond objective fault.

Despite the detail changes, on the move the picture is more mixed, but perhaps convertible life does suit the LC’s

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New Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 review

Verdict

More than anything, the LC 500 Convertible proves that as well as rock-solid reliability and an outstanding dealer network, Lexus has finally learned how to deliver a car that can stir emotions. That achievement might well mean that in the long run, the LC Convertible has significance way beyond its sales figures.

The Lexus LC has worked wonders for the Japanese brand, its design boosting the wider image of Toyota’s luxury division and raising interest in its more mainstream offerings. Now, three years after the coupé’s arrival, it’s time for it to gain an important new model line, in the form of the LC Convertible.

Unlike the coupé, which is available as a V8 petrol and a V6 hybrid, the convertible comes as a pure-petrol LC 500 only.

The raw specs on the V8 aren’t at all bad. This 5.0-litre Atkinson-cycle motor produces 457bhp and 530Nm of torque, all

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