The 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible is the niche-iest of niche vehicles in today's market: a car in a crossover-heavy market; a coupe in a segment dominated by sedans; a luxury convertible with very few rivals left. But it's also a missing piece in the Lexus lineup, brand executives say.
Power is supplied by a naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter V-8 engine — 471 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque — and a 10-speed automatic transmission. It has a soft top that can open or close at speeds up to 31 mph and in less than 17 seconds, increased body rigidity and a specially designed HVAC system with neck heaters to keep occupants warm even with the top down.
We've rounded up some reviews from the automotive media.
"The steering is accurate but somewhat artificial. The brake pedal is sensitive to tip-in but indistinct during the last few feet of slowdown before the crosswalk stripes. Twisting that drive mode knob livens things up, with a quick growl of a downshift and intensified gauge graphics. But at most, it solidifies the ride from, say, a 6 to a 7, not to a 9.
"The LC's element is when it's just maintaining momentum, giving you time to contemplate, and there's a lot of material for that. For a car with such a tech vibe, it isn't the feature fest you'd expect. There's the climate control system, which works to keep your desired temperature regardless of the top's position and includes neck heaters and air targeted at the backs of your hands, when it's down."
— Kim Reynolds, Motor Trend