2021 Lexus LC 500

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Exquisite, grand, beautiful. Any of these words and more like them could be used to describe the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible’s design. They also apply to the noise made by Lexus’ 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine. In fact, go down the list. The interior is just as stunning. Its handling defies the 4,557-pound curb weight. Sure, the infotainment system is hot garbage to use, but … who cares? Messing with a formula as perfect as the LC 500 Coupe is dicey business. That said, these designers already had one mic drop moment. What’s a second with the Convertible? One look at the dazzling drop top is enough to turn anybody into a believer. The original LC was essentially just the LF-LC Concept brought to life in production form. Few (if any) designs of the past decade have transitioned so gloriously from the make-believe world of concept cars to production vehicles. Seeing the LC parked amongst Ford Explorers, Chevy Tahoes and other regular fare at a grocery store brings into focus how unprecedented the design is. It looks as though somebody ripped the car straight out of a fantasy novel and stuck it on city streets. The first time I drove the LC, some guy and his friend followed me for several miles until I arrived at my destination, just to scramble out of their car and get a closer look. That’s the kind of car this is. Many years from now, there will be beautifully preserved examples of them sitting on the grass at concours shows across the country, rightfully taking its place as a shining example of peak car design from this era. And yes, those are heady words. But look at it! The Lexus spindle grille that looks so awkward and out of place on some Lexus models fits the LC’s face. It’s complemented by a striking triangle-shaped triple-LED headlight design. Lexus designed the front LED daytime running lights to swoosh in the same shape and style of the grille, too. There are no obnoxious or unnecessary fake vents (looking at you, Supra). It’s not trying to be a muscle coupe with a super aggressive chin or bulging hood. The front is just clean, pointed perfection. It’s when we get to the A-pillar that the Convertible begins to diverge from the Coupe. Connecting to the top of the pillar is, well, a roof. Meanwhile, the Convertible has a soft top that completely disappears into a pocket of space behind the rear seats and in front of the trunk — basically the area where the hybrid battery would go, therefore explaining why the Hybrid and Convertible have equal trunk space and why there is no Convertible Hybrid. The folding action (which takes 15 seconds and can be done at speeds up to 31 mph) is inspired by Japanese calligraphy in that it makes three distinctive moves to imitate the three-step movement of putting the brush to paper. The long doors lead into outward splaying hips that create a …
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Exquisite, grand, beautiful. Any of these words and more like them could be used to describe the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible’s design. They also apply to the noise made by Lexus’ 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine. In fact, go down the list. The interior is just as stunning. Its handling defies the 4,557-pound curb weight. Sure, the infotainment system is hot garbage to use, but … who cares? Messing with a formula as perfect as the LC 500 Coupe is dicey business. That said, these designers already had one mic drop moment. What’s a second with the Convertible? One look at the dazzling drop top is enough to turn anybody into a believer. The original LC was essentially just the LF-LC Concept brought to life in production form. Few (if any) designs of the past decade have transitioned so gloriously from the make-believe world of concept cars to production vehicles. Seeing the LC parked amongst Ford Explorers, Chevy Tahoes and other regular fare at a grocery store brings into focus how unprecedented the design is. It looks as though somebody ripped the car straight out of a fantasy novel and stuck it on city streets. The first time I drove the LC, some guy and his friend followed me for several miles until I arrived at my destination, just to scramble out of their car and get a closer look. That’s the kind of car this is. Many years from now, there will be beautifully preserved examples of them sitting on the grass at concours shows across the country, rightfully taking its place as a shining example of peak car design from this era. And yes, those are heady words. But look at it! The Lexus spindle grille that looks so awkward and out of place on some Lexus models fits the LC’s face. It’s complemented by a striking triangle-shaped triple-LED headlight design. Lexus designed the front LED daytime running lights to swoosh in the same shape and style of the grille, too. There are no obnoxious or unnecessary fake vents (looking at you, Supra). It’s not trying to be a muscle coupe with a super aggressive chin or bulging hood. The front is just clean, pointed perfection. It’s when we get to the A-pillar that the Convertible begins to diverge from the Coupe. Connecting to the top of the pillar is, well, a roof. Meanwhile, the Convertible has a soft top that completely disappears into a pocket of space behind the rear seats and in front of the trunk — basically the area where the hybrid battery would go, therefore explaining why the Hybrid and Convertible have equal trunk space and why there is no Convertible Hybrid. The folding action (which takes 15 seconds and can be done at speeds up to 31 mph) is inspired by Japanese calligraphy in that it makes three distinctive moves to imitate the three-step movement of putting the brush to paper. The long doors lead into outward splaying hips that create a …
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$93,050 - $101,100 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
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Engine 5.0L V-8
MPG 16 City / 25 Hwy
Seating 4 Passengers
Transmission 10-spd w/OD
Power 471 @ 7100 rpm
Drivetrain rear-wheel
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