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Lexus LC 500 Convertible

NEX score 66%

Product Overview

Lexus LC 500 Convertible, based on the LC 500 coupe, combines the stunning design of the LC family with its own luxurious handling characteristics designed to take top-down driving to the next level.

Chassis

Engineers went to work crafting an all-new torsion box at the rear, which, when paired with a new suspension tower brace and V-brace, help provide enhanced rigidity, handling stability and linear responsiveness. Chassis rigidity is further enhanced with the relocation of various structural braces, which includes additional gusseting at the bottom of both the A and B pillars.
LC Convertible’s suspension is tuned specifically to complement the subtle changes in weight between the coupe and convertible. A reduction of un-sprung weight in the front suspension improves the overall stroke, and weight is also reduced in the rear with the use of lightweight die-cast aluminum for the construction of the suspension tower brace.

Soft Top

The LC 500 Convertible features an innovative folding mechanism that includes a tonneau cover for when it is stored. The roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 31 mph. The sound system is fine-tuned specifically for the convertible with an EQ that adjusts based on the driving environment whether the top is open or closed. Once closed, a tonneau covers the roof storage space to provide a weather-resistant seal from the elements.
Engineers took care to ensure the driving experience is ideal for all occupants, as the cabin is designed to reduce wind noise thanks to the unique shape of the beltline and rear molding to help suppress wind from entering.
Premium magnesium and aluminum components are adopted for the roof links and support structure to provide both a reduction in weight and a design with a low center of gravity. The four-layer soft top includes three layers of fabric and one layer of sound-absorbing material. The top is operated via a hydraulic system.

Naturally-Aspirated V8

One of the very last naturally-aspirated V8s on the market today, the 2UR-GSE elicits an intoxicating note that beckons the driver to depress the throttle and bring the engine to life. Engine intake pulses are naturally carried through a diaphragm into a sound pipe that carries the sounds of the V8, not the air itself, into the cabin to enhance its rumble.
To further enhance the aggressive tone of the engine’s exhaust and augment performance, a computer-controlled valve balances the fine line between optimizing exhaust back-pressure and exhaust tone and volume at higher engine speeds.

Technology

As Lexus's flagship model, the LC 500 Convertible comes with all the latest automotive technologies in today's premium vehicles. The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa. The Lexus Enform Remote service lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate control, check the fuel level and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or devices enabled with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
The LC Convertible will come standard with Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+). This includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Intelligent High Beams. Also like the LC 500 coupe, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert come standard.

Inspiration Series

Limited to only 100 units, the 2021 LC Convertible Inspiration Series features an exclusive Structural Blue paint job, which is paired with the exclusive Bespoke Amalfi White semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior and Marine-colored soft top. It comes equipped with 21-inch forged alloy wheels, a limited slip differential in the rear, and a rear performance rod with damper.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Stunning styling
  • Superb fuel economy
Cons
  • V8 engine sounds a little too restrained
  • Clunky touchpad controls

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Good standard equipment
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Fantastic infotainment tech
Cons
  • Lacklustre engine
  • Mediocre rear-wheel-drive
  • Lacklustre low-speed ride
  • Not as agile as some rivals
  • No adaptive cruise control
  • Remote Touch controller remains a sore spot
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Specifications

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
3.4 cu-ft / 0.096 m3
Interior Space
Headroom: 932.8 (front) / 814.6 (rear) mm | Hip Room: 1377.4 (front) / 1089.6 (rear) mm | Legroom: 1081.3 (front) / 712.2 (rear) mm | Shoulder Room: 1438.6 (front) / 1172.4 (rear) mm

Chassis

Brakes | Front
15.7", 6-piston
Brakes | Rear
14.1", 4-piston
Suspension | Front
Double-joint multi-link
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Tire Size
245/45RF20 (front) / 275/40RF20 (rear) or 245/40RF21 (front) / 275/35RF21 (rear)
Turning Circle
10.8 m
Weight Distribution
52.5% (front) / 47.5% (rear)

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
131 mm
Size | Height
1350 mm
Size | Length
4760 mm
Size | Width
1920 mm (w/o mirror)
Track Width | Front
1630 mm
Track Width | Rear
1635 mm
Weight
2040 kg
Wheelbase
2870 mm

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
4.6 sec
Coefficient Of Drag
0.33 (top up) / 0.34 (top down)
Fuel Economy
15/26/18 mpg (city / hwy / combined)
Misc
Roof Operation Time: 15 sec (open) / 16 sec (close)

Powertrain

Engine | Bore
94 mm
Engine | Compression Ratio
12.3:1
Engine | Displacement
5.0L
Engine | Power
471 hp @ 7100 rpm
Engine | Stroke
89.5 mm
Engine | Torque
540 Nm @ 4800 rpm
Engine | Type
2UR-GSE DOHC V8
Final Drive
2.937x TORSEN Limited Slip
Fuel Capacity
21.7 gal / 82 L
Transmission | Gears
10-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic, AGA0E

Production

Availability
2020 Summer
Debut
2019-11 LA Auto Show

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 55%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
, which did the handling no favours at all. The LC Convertible car laps up motorways, and is comfortable and reasonably engaging on A-roads, but B-roads are best left to others. The car's strength is that it's such an affable cruiser, with one of the most distinctive cabins and refined in any class.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent cabin
Cons
  • Not as agile as some rivals
  • Lacklustre low-speed ride

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
Lexus LC has worked wonders for the Japanese brand, boosting the wider image of Toyota's luxury division. Now 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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • Lacklustre engine
  • Touchpad infotainment

cnet[3]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
Lexus has wisely retuned LC's suspension just for the convertible. As before, the LC's cabin is a swoopy, stylish and sybaritic masterstroke. On the safety front, there's plenty of advanced driver-assistance smarts. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible starts at $102,025.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Vastly improved infotainment
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Rear seats are still small
  • Remote Touch controller remains a sore spot

cnet[4]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The Lexus LC 500 is fast and gorgeous, and it's now available as a convertible. Despite its 4,540-pound curb weight, the LC is plenty nimble, eager to be tossed into corners. The Enform multimedia tech is housed on a 10.3-inch screen controlled by a touchpad.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Fantastic infotainment tech
  • Excellent fuel economy
Cons
  • No adaptive cruise control
  • Mediocre rear-wheel-drive

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/lexus/lc/first-drives/lexus-lc-500-convertible-2020-uk-review. 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
2. ^ New Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/lexus/lc/353276/new-lexus-lc-500-convertible-2020-review. 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible first drive review: Indulgent beauty. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-lexus-lc-500-convertible-preview/. 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
4. ^ 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible review: Stunning looks above all. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-lexus-lc-500-convertible-review/. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-11-08.

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