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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Review - Prices, Trims, Performance, Interior and Rivals Comparison

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Kiran Menon

Content writer August 01, 2020 at 11:13 AM
The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible bellows its way to the automotive frenzy with shared roots with the LC 500 Coupe along with serious updates to its suspension and handling department. It is an all-new addition to the LC 500 lineup and the first convertible from the same but shares the underpinnings with that of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe. The 2021 LC 500 Convertible is priced from $101,000, comes in 2 trims and will be on sale by the end of Summer 2020.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Highlights:


The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is the top-tier grand tourer from the Land of the Rising Sun. The LC lineup has been diversified to a total of three models with the LC 500 and LC 500h being the other two. The flagship convertible from Lexus embodies exquisite luxury and comfort. Powering this $101,000 continent cruncher is a 5.0-liter Naturally Aspirated V8, one of the few remaining ones, that bellows far and wide with conviction.


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The selling point for the Lexus LC Series is its sweet-sounding V8 and the beautifully crafted interiors. The newly added LC 500 Convertible given an added "wind in the face" reason to make things even more desirable. It takes on the Mercedes-AMG E 53 convertible and Jaguar F Type R Convertible in an all-out fashion. These are the nitpicked few convertibles that even in this age of electric power stays true to a Purist's appeal.

What are the trims and features of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is offered in two trims- standard and Inspiration Series. Both of these have the same powertrain and doesn't seem to differ much from the surface, apart from the eye-candy Morpho Butterfly inspired Blue exterior shade on the inspiration Series. But there is more to it that just unique exterior and interior shades. The base trim is priced at $101,000 and the inspiration Series at $119,800 which is considerably higher than the standard LC 500.

The difference in MSRP in wide and Lexus has made sure to give a decent amount feature additions in the Inspiration Series over the base trim to justify this bump. It gets a unique Amalfi White interior upholstery which goes very well with the exterior shade and looks gorgeous with the top down. Lexus even went the extra mile and tweaked the suspension and differential in the inspiration Series as well. Various differentiating features are listed below.

Trim

Base

Inspiration Series (Limited)

MSRP $101,000 $119,800
Features Triple Beam LED headlamps All the featues in the LC 500 Convertible Base added and:
  20-inch staggered 10-spoke alloy wheels Unique Blue Exterior shade inspired from the Morpho butterfly
  Power Soft Roof Amalfi White semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats
  Active Sport Exhaust System Distinctive 21-in split-five-spoke forged alloy wheels
  Drive Mode Select with Adaptive Suspension Two-piece Zero Halliburton travel case set
  Dual-zone climate control with Climate Concierge Carbon fiber scuff plate with Inspiration Series inscription
  8-Way Power-Adjustable heated and ventilated front seats Mark Levinson 13-speaker, 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio System
  Carbin Fiber interior trimming Torsen limited-slip differential and Yamaha performance dampers
  Lexus Safety System Plus  

Apart from the above-mentioned features, all of the other aspects remain the same that even includes performance and safety. The Inspiration Series is, however, limited to just 100 units which make this eye-candy even more desirable. But there are only 99 left as of now as one of these was made into a one-off and showcased for the Auction Block at Barrett-Jackson in early 2020 and bagged a whopping $2 million for charity.

What are the engine and gearbox options in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible uses a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 belting out 471 hp and 398 lb-ft. The top-down experience paired with the glorious V8 is a match made in heaven. Lexus has, furthermore, married it's symphonic naturally aspirated V8 to a state of the art 10-speed transmission. Yes, the naturally aspirated V8 feels more real and brute but it also means that it missed out on the low-end power. It just fails to pin you in the seat as a turbocharged or supercharged engine would and also hampers the fuel economy.

Continuing with the NA setup is probably why Lexus is missing out on sales as well. But the gearbox in this Lexus is a very clever combination of a conventional 4-speed torque converter unit and a CVT transmission in a sequence. The whole unit is made to simulate a 10-speed transmission that delivers seamless shifts and helps in unleashing the full potential of this V8 powertrain. The revised gear ratios from the 2020 update do help it shift better and a wee bit faster than before as well.

Model

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible 

2020 Mercedes AMG E 53 Convertible

2020 Jaguar F Type R Convertible

MSRP

$101,000

$81,650

$105,900

Engine

5.0L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

5.0L Supercharged V8

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

471 hp @ 7,100 RPM

429 hp @ 6,100 RPM

575 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque

398 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

384 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

516 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

0-60 MPH

4.6 secs

4.4 secs

3.5 secs

Quarter Mile

14 secs

13.4 secs

13.4 secs

Top Speed

168 MPH

158 MPH

186 MPH

As far as the straight-up power figures are concerned, the Jaguar F-Type R Convertible is the most powerful of the lot. Even in terms of the torque, the Jag leaves the competition behind in the dust. The LC just fails to transfer all of its power quickly enough to make it exciting to drive like its competitors who utilize forced induction to the maximum. While the ones looking for leisure cruises or daily commutes will be satisfied with the LC's performance, others looking to make the most out of their time on the road will be left craving for more.


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What are the MPG figures of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible returns 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. If we compare this to the LC 500 Coupe, the MPG figures have noticeably gone down. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 manages to return a combined 19 MPG and offers a range well over 350 miles. This difference is because of the added weight in the LC 500 Convertible due to the motorized components for the roof which in turn steals off its fuel efficiency.

In this day and age of turbocharging and downsizing for emissions and efficiency, Lexus has to be credited for still offering the LC line-up with a screaming V8 that comparatively manages to return decent MPG values. Having said that, this is the perfect example to show how a naturally aspirated engine consumes more fuel than its turbocharged counterparts and have been compared below.

Model

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible 

2020 Mercedes AMG E 53 Convertible

2020 Jaguar F Type R Convertible

MPG (City)

16

20

16

MPG (Highway)

25

26

24

MPG (Combined)

18

21

18

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

21.7

17.4

18.5

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

347/ 543/ 390

348/ 452/ 365

296/ 444/ 333

That said, not all forced-induced cars are frugal when it comes to fuel consumption. The Jaguar F-Type for example has a similarly sized 5.0L V8 with a supercharger feeding it but manages the same 18 MPG as that of the LC 500 Convertible. Most of the cars here favor a more poised and relaxed approach to the notion of speed and thus are better cruisers than sprinters. But the Lexus blows out the completion in terms of driving range.

What are the interior features in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible?

The LC 500 Convertible’s interiors can be best described as one that resonates finely-crafted origami. Each panel looks meticulously put together and makes it stand out from the crowd. Everything from the door handle to the layered panel on the door cards looks like the work of a master craftsman. It might not be the most practical or ergonomic, but surely is one of the prettiest interiors we have come across recently. The rear bench seats onboard the LC 500 is best left alone or for child seats and toddlers. As for the front seats, they offer plenty of room and adjustment for the passengers.

Everything used throughout the cabin is of the top-notch quality with no exceptions at all. To simply put it, Lexus has left no stone unturned when it comes to making sure that the LC 500 Convertible offers the best when it comes to interior quality and comfort. The front seats also feature seat heating and ventilation apart from the standard electronic adjustment, but what might come as a surprise is the fact that the LC misses out on massaging seats. Not necessarily a deal-breaker but it’s something common these days.

Model

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible 

2020 Mercedes AMG E 53 Convertible

2020 Jaguar F Type R Convertible

Seating Capacity

4

4

2

First Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

36.7/ 56.6/ 42.6

37.8/ 56.1/ 41.8

37.0/ 56.5/ 43.0

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

32.1/ 46.2/ 28.0

36.4/ 48.4/ 34.1

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Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 3.4 9.5 7.3

The Merc-AMG E 53 Convertible has the most spacious interior out of the bunch and that is understandable the minute you look at it from the outside- it has a larger footprint than the competition and Mercedes have made the most out of it. Even though Mercedes offers relatively more spacious seats when compared to the competition, the second row remains unsuitable for adults. Jaguar was smart here to just get rid of the teeny second-row seating that was just an added burden. Various creature comfort features in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible are:

  • 8-Way Power-Adjustable heated and ventilated front seats
  • Magnesium Paddle Shifters and Aluminum pedals
  • Rear Wind Deflector
  • Dual Zone Climate Control System
  • Optional leather-trimmed heated steering wheel
  • Optional Carbon Fiber door scuff plates

What are the infotainment featues in the 2021 LC 500 Convertible?

The 2021 LC 500 Convertible comes loaded with all the bells and whistles in the entertainment section, that you'd expect from a car in the 21st century. The 10.3-inch infotainment screen is plentiful but the software feels a bit finicky as the competition has adapted to more modern iterations of digital technology. Sunlight legibility is great with good contrast but the trackpad is a bit dated for 2021 standards. Right off the bat, the infotainment is not the most intuitive out there. New for 2021 is the addition of Android Auto support which let’s be honest is not something groundbreaking.

Banter aside, this is a luxury GT and you’ll only find people like us complaining about such nerdy stuff. In proper grand touring fashion, the hi-fi on offer is fabulous and is much better than the ones offered in the rivals except for the Burmester system inside the Mercs, those are the best ones! The biggest complaint about the infotainment has to be the input method with its trackpad which is very finicky and confusing to use. After a couple of minutes, it might get on your nerves. Yes, it is that bad! Various infotainment features in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible are:

  • 10.3-inch LCD Navigation equipped infotainment display
  • Lexus 12-Speaker Premium Audio System
  • Lexus Enform Package (Navigation, Destination Assist and Voice Command)
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay Integration; Amazon Alex Compatible
  • Inbuilt Wi-Fi with 4 GB data
  • Optional Mark Levinson 13-speaker, 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio System

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What are the distinguishing exterior features of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible?

Starting with the LC’s front facia, the spindle shape grill placed in the middle of the wide-body gives the LC 500 Convertible a distinct presence. The LED units up front are probably the best interpretation of headlights in the automotive industry. The triple projector setup with the LED DRLs merging into the body is modern automotive art at its best. Now addressing the elephant in its design, the soft top can retract and cover-up in approximately 15 seconds and can be done up to speeds of 31 MPH. The 3-step movement of its soft top has been inspired by Japanese Calligraphy!

The side profile is simple and uncluttered but the bold creases make an everlasting impression on the observer. The LC line-up is one of those rarities of the auto industry that managed to get from concept to production stage without sacrificing any of its radical design elements. Furthermore, eliminating a hardtop does little to no damage to this radical design language. Lexus has done a few structural tweaks to strengthen the LC 500 Convertiblein which the crucial B-pillar is absent. But they have concealed it well and strived for a clean design language.

Model

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible 

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Convertible

2020 Jaguar F Type R Convertible

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4540

4566

3514

Length (in.)

187.4

190.0

176.0

Width (in.)

75.6

80.9

75.7

Height (in.)

53.2

56.2

51.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.2

4.7

4.1

Wheelbase (in.)

113.0

113.1

103.2

The rear profile of the LC is futuristic which is largely due to the use of 3D hologram style tail lamps which is not something that is commonly seen in the automotive industry. The quad exhaust tips blend seamlessly into the two squared out exhaust tips. Looks are subjective but none of the competition puts forth such a meticulously executed design philosophy as the LC 500. Various exterior features of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible are:

  • Triple beam LED headlamps and hologram inspired LED taillamps
  • Flush exterior door handles
  • 20 or 21-inch staggered alloy wheels
  • Power Soft top
  • Unique spindle front grille
  • Dual exit quad-tip exhaust system

What are the safety features in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible?

Lexus as a brand gives utmost importance to occupant safety. The LC 500 is packed with the best in safety tech along with the various safety and convenience package offered by Lexus. Toyota and Lexus have never turned a blind eye when it comes to the safety of its passengers. As the LC 500 Convertible is technically a top-down version of the standard LC 500, all of its impressive safety quotients are to follow here as well.

Safety regulators like NHTSA and IIHS have not yet rated the LC line-up since its generation upgrade in 2018. This is the same underpinnings that are used in the 2021 LC 500 Convertible as well. We will have to wait longer to get a Critic view on the LC 500 Convertible's safety. But since it's backed by Toyota, things look very bright for this sleek-looking coupe. Notable safety features offered in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible are:

  • 6 standard airbags (Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags, and Front, and Rear Head Airbags)
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Pre and Post-Collision Safety System
  • Intuitive Parking with Auto-Braking
  • Rear Integrated Headrests

When will the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible launch and is it worth the open-top experience?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible has been officially unveiled by Lexus and it has been slated for launch by the end of Summer 2020. The same is open for enquires throughout Lexus dealerships and can be pre-booked at the sole jurisdiction of the particular dealership. Pricing has been confirmed and by the time you read this, we guess that all 100 units of the Inspiration Series would be sold out!

The Lexus LC 500 convertible sets the standard for luxury at a new high. By far, it is the most comfortable and luxurious in this comparison. Price is a bit steep for a Lexus but it offers insane value for the money and the finding on this cake is its naturally-aspirated V8 engine which deserves a lot of attention. As we mentioned earlier, this open-top experience is the closest "Purist" experience you can get in 2021.


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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible FAQs

When will the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible launch?

Lexus had officially unveiled the 2021 LC 500 Convertible on July 21, 2020, and has confirmed on the launch to be by the end of Summer, 2020. A fixed date is still not available but the time frame has been set.

Is the Lexus LC 500 Convertible AWD?

No, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is only available in RWD configuration.

Does the Lexus LC 500 Convertible come with a hardtop?

No, the Lexus LC 500 Convertible is only available with a soft-top.

How long does the soft top take to retract completely in the LC 500 Convertible?

The soft top of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible takes approximately 15 seconds to retract and can also be don up to speeds of 31 MPH.

Does the Lexus LC 500 Convertible come with a touchscreen infotainment screen?

No, the 2021 Lexus LC Convertible is still devoid of a touchscreen unit and comes with a trackpad controller for all the infotainment actions.

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