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Lexus LC500 Convertible

It’s one of those moments where, every now and again, Lexus nails it. Perhaps even Lexus doesn’t quite know when these moments happen. Once upon a time, the new LS limo comes along and gives the Mercedes S-Class sleepless nights. A decade ago, something called the ‘LFA’ came along and rewrote dream garage line-ups the world over. And now there’s this: the LC500 Convertible.

It’s an attempt by Lexus to make a sporting GT car, and while it struggles to make its case on paper, the experience of going down the road in one of these idiosyncratic masterpieces is one of the motoring treats of 2020. This is a machine to be savoured, lusted after, and worshipped. Very soon, they simply won’t be allowed to make ‘em like this any more. 

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So, what we’ve got is a soft-top version of the LC500 coupe. The LC Convertible is only available with a V8 engine: Lexus decided not to bother chopping the roof off the V6 hybrid version, because the batteries make packaging a folding roof tricky, and the weight doesn’t bear thinking about. We’re not complaining – the V8 is the engine we want to listen to.  

For the 2021 model year, all LCs get revised suspension settings, whether they’ve got a roof or not. Here, chassis reinforcements and the soft-top mechanism tip the LC500’s kerbweight the wrong side of two tonnes. Meanwhile, the naturally-aspirated V8 (remember those?) displaces 5 glorious litres, and still develops 465bhp and 398lb ft. 

It arrives at the rear wheels via a ten-speed automatic gearbox presumably stolen from a mountain bike, but even with its paddleshifters and Sport mode, there’s precisely nothing fitted to the LC500 Convertible to encourage a lap of the Nürburgring. It’s as traditional a roadster as Toyota’s deluxe brand can get away with in 2020, and it’s a £90,000 riposte to German brand devotees who write off Lexuses as just a Prius with an angry gob. 

To that end, one of the only optional extras besides the deliriously vibrant colour palette is a Sport+ pack. So, what does that add? Ceramic brakes, perhaps? A carbon-fibre diffuser? Nope. Try neck-heaters in the seats, upgraded leather upholstery and 21-inch rims. Style, comfort and exclusivity. That’s what the LC500 Convertible is all about. If you’re happy to leave the thrusting, XXL-wristwatch’d masses to their BMW M8 Convertibles and various flavours of Porsche 911, read on. Fair warning: you may be about to fall deeply in love. 

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Our choice from the range

Lexus

500 5.0 [464] Sport+ 2dr Auto [Mark Levinson]

What's the verdict?

“Repeat after us: this is not a sports car. It’s a world-class cruiser, brimming with character”

Lexus freely admits the LC exists chiefly as a halo model, to pique your interest in the brand and maybe get you considering a UX instead of an Audi Q3, or an ES instead of a 4 Series Gran Coupe. It’s never going to stem the sports car sales avalanche that is the Porsche 911. But that, in fact, is central to its beguiling charm. You’re hardly likely to spot another one, and when you do, you’ll share a knowing nod with your fellow LC driver. You took the road less travelled, thought to hell with depreciation. Yep, this is a YOLO-Lexus. 

While the coupe is arguably the better proportioned piece of design, the Convertible suits the LC500’s personality, because gone are any pretensions it’s going to be an out-and-out sports car. This is less a car you drive, more an object you experience. You could be more titillated sitting at a standstill in one of these than doing a topless 95 in a Mercedes SL. 

What’s more, a low-slung non-hybrid 275g/km V8 drop-top is about the least futureproof menu you could possibly use to make a car. So even if you don’t get the badge, or the looks, or the interior, you should respect the bloody-minded perfectionism that made this flagship happen. Because you’ll miss cars like this when they’re gone, and that won’t be far away. 

Next: Driving

Sours: https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/lexus/lc500-convertible

Overview

Even though it's now in its fifth model year, the 2022 Lexus LC still looks as fresh as the day it was unveiled and continues to turn heads. This grand touring two-door sits atop the Lexus lineup next to the four-door LS and plays in the same category as the BMW 8-series and the Porsche 911, although its driving demeanor is more relaxed than those icons. Two powertrains are offered—a sonorous naturally aspirated V-8 or a more efficient hybrid V-6—and the LC can be had as a coupe or a soft-top convertible. The LC's ride is smooth, and its interior is lavishly lined with fine materials and a set of all-day comfortable front seats. A pair of chairs is positioned in the back, but they're more or less decorative. So long as you aren't expecting sports-car sharpness, the LC is a stunning piece of rolling art with plenty of cachet.

What's New for 2022?

Lexus makes some suspension and steering changes for 2022 in an attempt to improve its flagship's reflexes. Also, a new Bespoke Build trim joins the lineup with some special design flourishes. The Bespoke Build is offered only in coupe form and with the nonhybrid powertrain. It includes an active rear wing, unique 20- or 21-inch wheels, a glass or carbon-fiber roof, blacked-out exterior trim, and an optional orange-colored interior. The available Sport package includes new 21-inch wheels with polished metal and gloss-black elements and revised sport seats with deeper cushions.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

We prefer the nonhybrid LC500 model over the heavier and pricier LC500h hybrid. We also recommend the Touring package, which includes semi-aniline leather upholstery, a faux-suede headliner, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system, parking sensors, a windshield wiper de-icing feature, and a heated steering wheel. The question now becomes whether to stick with the coupe or go for the convertible. The answer to that lies with your own personal preference because we can see the appeal of both.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The beating heart of the standard LC500 is Lexus's high-performance 5.0-liter V-8, which belts out 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Paired only with a quick-shifting-yet-smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, it produces glorious internal-combustion rock 'n' roll that is as pleasing to the ears as the rest of the LC is to the eyes. The other powertrain offered is the LC500h's 354-hp gas-electric drivetrain, which combines a 3.5-liter V-6, a pair of electric motors, a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery, and a unique continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that somewhat mimics the action of a 10-speed automatic. There's minimal body roll and good balance to the Lexus's handling, and the ride quality is excellent considering the huge 21-inch wheels that our test cars wore. The variable-steering and adaptive rear-wheel-steering systems included with the Performance package notably enhance the quickness of the LC's helm and the car's general responsiveness. Yet the standard chassis setup is a better fit for the car's GT comportment and feels more natural without impeding the LC's tactility. We'd advise saving the money and sticking with the base chassis. Throwing out the LC's anchor comes via a firm and progressive brake pedal and big, fade-free brakes at each wheel.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The LC500 tips the scales more like a three-row SUV than a sports car and is hundreds of pounds heavier than its main competition—which means its EPA estimates are not that impressive. Despite the LC500h weighing even more than its sibling, being a hybrid earns it much more favorable figures, particularly in the city where its electric assistance comes into play. With the LC500 exceeding its highway estimate by 4 mpg in our testing (29 mpg observed) and the LC500h falling well short of its 34-mpg figure at 30 mpg (as hybrids usually do on the interstate), the fuel-economy difference between the two in cross-country travel was largely a wash. For more information about the LC's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Lexus LC500 interior is a special place, with a great driving position, rich materials, beautiful craftsmanship, excellent front seats, and loads of technology. Some of its ergonomics can be fussy in practice, but the overall ambience suits the LC's concept-car looks. Fit and finish are excellent and the optional sport seats are true thrones of spinal support. Certain elements require some acclimation, including the funky, Toyota Prius–like electronic shift lever. The LC's compact trunk and the non-folding rear seats limit its storage space to 5 cubic feet, which is only enough for holding two of our carry-on cases. As attractive as the LC's cabin is, there are not many cubbies for stashing loose items. The center console, however, is adequately sized, and its lid can be adjusted to reveal a second cupholder.

Infotainment and Connectivity

While Lexus's Enform infotainment system may be packed with features and tech, it is one of our least favorite systems on the market due to its clunky touchpad controller, which requires too much attention from the driver to operate safely while driving. Navigation and a host of apps are all standard fare in the LC's Enform infotainment suite that includes a mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Along with eight air bags for its relatively compact cabin, the LC boasts a healthy roster of standard and available driver-assistance technologies. For more information about the LC's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring
  • Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Lexus's warranty plan for the LC is pretty solid among luxury coupes, with substantial powertrain coverage for both internal-combustion and hybrid components. It's short of the best in terms of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles
  • Hybrid components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles

Specifications

Specifications

2019 Lexus LC500

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED
$97,040 (base price: $92,300)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement
303 cu in, 4969 cc
Power
471 hp @ 7100 rpm
Torque
398 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION
10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.7-in vented disc/14.1-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza T005 RFT, F: 245/45R-20 99Y R: 275/40R-20 102Y

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 113.0 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 75.6 in
Height: 53.0 in
Passenger volume: 80 cu ft
Cargo volume: 5 cu ft
Curb weight: 4371 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 4.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 10.8 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 18.0 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.0 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.2 sec @ 111 mph
Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 168 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.88 g

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 17 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 19/16/25 mpg

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2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door convertible

PRICE AS TESTED
$113,420 (base price: $102,125)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 303 in3, 4969 cm3; Power: 471 hp @ 7100 rpm; Torque:398 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION
10-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink; Brakes (F/R): 15.7-in vented disc/14.1-in vented disc; Tires: Michelin Pilot. Super Sport ZP, F: 245/40R-21 96Y R: 275/35R-21 99Y

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 113.0 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 75.6 in
Height: 53.1 in
Passenger volume: 75 ft3
Trunk volume: 3 ft3
Curb weight: 4476 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.6 sec
100 mph: 10.5 sec
130 mph: 17.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
1/4 mile: 13.0 sec @ 112 mph
Top speed (mfr's claim): 168 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.92 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
75-mph highway driving: 32 mpg
Highway range: 690 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/15/25 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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The Lexus LC500 convertible is 187.4 inches of proof that a Lexus can be beautiful. The proportions are staggering. Its hood stretches out from the windshield like a car in a Tex Avery cartoon. Imposing, serious, gorgeous, and adult. The wheelbase spans a lengthy 113.0 inches, and the doors are unfashionably long. All of these attributes used to be the domain of the Mercedes-Benz SL, but the most recent generation lost the plot. Much to the relief of the ascot-wearing folks who can write checks for six-figure convertibles, Lexus worked them all into the 2021 LC500 ragtop.

To properly set expectations, understand that the 471-hp LC500 is a sporty car, not a sports car. It operates with a recognition of what sports cars do and will nod to performance as it holds to the skidpad with 0.92 g and hits 60 mph in an easy 4.6 seconds. But the LC is mature rather than playful, serious rather than silly. This car is at its happiest if you wait the 15 seconds it takes to lower the fully sound-deadened fabric top, work the slightly confusing shifter into drive, and set your driving style to cruise. Be sure to occasionally lean into the accelerator and listen to the naturally aspirated V-8 as it goes from mellow to 90-decibel mean and back, but otherwise just let it all flow.

HIGHS: Soulful V-8 noise, graceful design, expensive curb presence.

This is a car built to elicit "ahhs" both from people who see it—all of my neighbors loved it—and the folks riding inside it. Well, no one in the vestigial rear seats will be having a good time. Vents at the top of the front seats blow warm air to keep necks toasty, expanding the temperature range at which you can comfortably tool around with the top down. Cutting off the LC coupe's top to create a convertible does result in a few minor high-frequency quivers running through the structure whenever the optional 21-inch wheels strike broken pavement. A slightly cushier ride might take the sting out of those impacts, and it also would be in keeping with the rest of the LC's refined moves. A softer ride doesn't necessarily mean sacrificing sportiness. Just look to the Porsche 911 cabriolet, which rides better than the Lexus yet is far more committed to hunting apexes.

In the spirit of experimentation for which Car and Driver is known, we did hammer the LC convertible around on-ramps and through canyon roads. Steering response is snappy (2.6 turns lock to lock), and the big nose turns into corners with an eagerness that makes this 4476-pound big boy feel smaller than it looks. Lexus fits a 10-speed automatic that works unobtrusively as it slips from gear to gear. The only time you notice the abundance of ratios is when you begin grabbing the column-mounted paddle shifters only to realize that you need to drop about six gears to find the right one for the upcoming corner. Downshifts happen quickly and are accompanied by throttle blips to eliminate any driveline jolts from upsetting the rear end. An added benefit of those engine blips is the sound of the V-8. Preparing for a corner also reveals a brake pedal that doesn't offer much bite in the first bit of travel. Stops from 70 mph take 168 feet—a figure that's competitive with family sedans, not high-dollar two-plus-two roadsters.

LOWS: Frustrating touchpad interface, hefty curb weight, miniscule rear jump seats.

The solution is to not push the LC500 so hard. Turn up the 918-watt, 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, put on some Frank Sinatra, and just settle into the leather seats. This is the embrace of adulthood. But be sure to tap that maturity when you decide to use Lexus's touchpad that controls the infotainment system and various vehicle settings. It's easy to get flustered, and it'll be tempting to lash out at it in a childish way. The general advice regarding the LC applies here, too: Take your time and don't try to do anything quickly. Maturity is understanding that the world we live in is complicated and things that used to be easy, like setting audio system presents or dealing with the navigation system, are sometimes made more challenging in the name of progress.

Other than its infotainment interface, the LC500 convertible is an open-air throwback to personal luxury cars. From its impractical and louche proportions to the lovely 5.0-liter V-8 under its hood, the LC500 convertible feels selfish, a treat-yourself reward. It elevates experience, sounds, smells, and design over raw performance numbers. Enthusiasts might long for something sportier, but in much the same way people don't ask why you have art in your home, no one who sees an LC500 convertible will question the buyer's motives. Beauty needs no explanation.

Specifications

Specifications

2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door convertible

PRICE AS TESTED
$113,420 (base price: $102,125)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement
303 in3, 4969 cm3
Power
471 hp @ 7100 rpm
Torque
398 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION
10-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.7-in vented disc/14.1-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot. Super Sport ZP, F: 245/40R-21 96Y R: 275/35R-21 99Y

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 113.0 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 75.6 in
Height: 53.1 in
Passenger volume: 75 ft3
Trunk volume: 3 ft3
Curb weight: 4476 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.6 sec
100 mph: 10.5 sec
130 mph: 17.7 sec
150 mph: 31.4 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
1/4 mile: 13.0 sec @ 112 mph
Top speed (mfr's claim): 168 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 334 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.92 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
75-mph highway driving: 32 mpg
Highway range: 690 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/15/25 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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Born from human-centered craftsmanship and limitless imagination, this is the 2021 LC. From its aggressive, broad stance to its flush-mounted door handles, this luxury coupe seamlessly combines beauty with purpose.

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Driver-Inspired Cockpit


The LC's low center of gravity is closely aligned with the driver's hip point. Bolstered high-back sport seats are the result of two years and 50 prototypes to achieve the ideal driving posture. The result: a connection to the road like never before.

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Key Features


  • Lexus Enform®
  • Amazon Alexa®
  • Lexus Safety System+ 2.0
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Blind Spot Monitor
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    Available Packages


    Touring Package:
    • Intuitive Parking Assist
    • Alcantara® headliner
    • Mark Levinson® 13-speaker, 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio System

    Sport Package:
    • Glass Fiber Roof
    • Torsen® limited-slip rear differential and Yamaha® performance damper
    • Performance Brake Pads
    Handling Package:
    • Carbon Fiber Roof
    • Sport Seats with Alcantara® Inserts
    • 21-inch staggered-width split-five-spoke forged alloy wheels with polished finish and Gloss Black accents

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