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2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Review - Release Date, Trims, Features, Performance, MPG Figures, And Rivals

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November 21, 2020 at 01:53 PM

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 returns with its incomparable striking design. It continues to be powered by a 471 hp 5.0L Naturally-Aspirated V8 engine that does 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and makes this RWD Lexus hoon-worthy. It is now lighter and adds a slew of mechanical tweaks along with subtle changes both on the exterior and interior. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 is priced from an MSRP of $92,950, comes in only one trim, and is already On-Sale.

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2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe, built upon the athletic lines of Lexus’ flagship LFA, will continue to provide a new dimension to your driving experience with its unique futuristic design language and raw unadulterated performance. The perfect combination of beauty and purpose, the Lexus LC 500 has been the go-to car for enthusiasts, as it remains one of the last remaining performance coupes with a NA V8 and has an MSRP of $92,950.


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The LC 500 has stood out in terms of its design cues and classy interiors and for 2021 the Lexus LC 500  upgraded transmission tuning, Android Auto, and reduced curb weight. Also, Lexus introduces the first-ever LC Convertible with the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. For this feat, Lexus has also introduced a new Inspiration Series that is confined to the Convertible model only and gets an exclusive paint job with various curated lux-features.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Model Specs

MSRP Range

$92,950

Release Date

Already On-Sale

Engine

5.0L Naturally Aspirated V8

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

RWD

Trims

Single trim for the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe can be added on with various add-on packages (5 bundled ones)

Colors

  • 11 Exterior Shades - Ultra White / Liquid Platinum / Atomic Sliver / Smoky Granite Mica / Caviar / Obsidian / Infrared / Flare Yellow / Nightfall Mica / Cadmium Mica / Nori Green Pearl
  • 3 Interior Combinations - Toasted Caramel Leather with Satin Metallic Trim / Black Leather with Satin Metallic Trim / Circuit Red Leather with Satin Metallic Trim (Available only with Touring package)

Changes

  • Lost 22 pounds
  • Suspension tweaked for firmer driving dynamics
  • Active Cornering Assist added
  • Tweaked transmission timing
  • Refreshed 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Two new exterior colors- Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl
  • Flare Red leather interior
  • Infotainment system updated along with Android Auto (Finally!) 

Lexus has retained the 5.0L Naturally Aspirated V8 for 2021 as well which does bring in a much-needed rooted feel in the current seat of hybrids and forced-induction units. It is impressive how Lexus still manages to comply with the stringent emission norms with its 5.0L NA engine. This modern relic stands tall and faces the likes of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type, BMW M850i, and the mighty Nissan GT-R.

What are the Prices, Trims, and Features of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe is available in just a single trim and has an MSRP of $92,950. It 471 hp 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine coupled to a 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission which is a unique proposition. Lexus also offers two other models in its LC line-up: the LC 500h which is by far the coolest looking Hybrid Coupe and the newly introduced LC 500 Convertible which gives a unique open-top experience.

Born out of boundless imagination and built with human-centered artistry, the all-new 2021 Lexus LC 500 stands out with its uplifted performance and numerous customizable options. The LC coupe has also shed 22 lbs of unsprung pounds and now stands at a curb weight of 4340 lb in LC 500 and 4420 lb in the LC 500h. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 is priced at $92,950 which is exactly the same as last year.

As there is only one trim on offer, Lexus has made sure to lavishly bundle it with an impressive set of features. Moreover, many new features have also been added for 2021 which brings added value to the sleek coupe. The key features that help it stand out in the crowd, have been listed below of which funnily its "Android Auto" that stands apart as it finally makes an appearance in this "futuristic" Lexus!

Trim

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe 

MSRP (RWD)

$92,950

Key Features

471hp, 5.0 L V8 Engine

 

10-Speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission

 

20-inch wheels with dark graphite finish

 

Magnesium Paddle Shifters

 

Carbon Fibre interior trimming

 

Two additional exterior colors: Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl

 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa

 

Adaptive cruise control

 

Driver-seat memory settings

Apart from these features, Lexus continues to provide the LC 500 with numerous optional features to cater to a more one-off experience. The famed Rioja Red color for the upholstery has been discontinued and has been replaced by Flare Red color. It still comes in an RWD configuration only.

What are the Engine and Performance updates in the 2021 Lexus LC 500?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 is powered by a 5.0 L Naturally Aspirated V8 gasoline engine generating 471 hp and 398 lb-ft and is propelled via an RWD configuration only. A unique 10-speed electronically-controlled Direct-shift transmission takes care of taming all of its horses. It is the same setup as the 2020 model but gets a tweaked transmission for 2021 for quicker upshifts and downshifts.

The unique bit of this Transmission is that it is a combination of 2 gearboxes- a CVT and a 4-speed Automatic Transmission, both of which work in unison for a seamless driving experience. The new upgrades include reduced curb weight, lighter suspension stabilizers, lighter alloy wheels, and lowered suspension arms which have fared for sharper driving dynamics.

Model

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2021 BMW M850i

2021 Nissan GT-R

MSRP

$92,950

$103,200

$111,900

$113,540

Engine

5.0L Naturally Aspirated V8

5.0L Supercharged V8

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

3.8L Twin-Turbocharged V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-speed Direct-Shift

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

471 hp @ 7,100 rpm

575 hp @ 6,000 rpm

523 hp @ 5,500 rpm

565 hp @ 6,800 rpm

Torque

398 lb-ft@ 4,800 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

553 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

467 lb-ft @ 3,300 rpm

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 is also the only Sports Car with a Naturally-Aspirated V8 block while all its competitors get added boost from turbocharging or supercharging their blocks. This is also a key reason for its lower MSRP as well as sluggish acceleration! But it still keeps up with the modern bunch and we are already impressed by imaging of what turbocharging can do to this Lexus. Nissan GT-R is just indestructible in this face-off.

How quick is the 2021 Lexus LC 500 in terms of 0-60 mph and Quarter-Mile runs?

It is impressive of Lexus to be bold to pitch a Naturally Aspirated engine among the ferocious bunch of supercharged and turbocharged bunch. It might not come up to the bunch but the 2021 Lexus LC 500 with its RWD layout does the 0-60 mph run in a commendable 4.4 seconds while sounding glorious. The exhaust note is one other aspect that will get hooked on you.

The quarter-mile also comes up rather swiftly at 13 seconds and the 2021 LC 500 has a top speed of 168 mph. The acceleration figures have improved marginally as compared to the 2020 MY as Lexus has tweaked the gear ratios for shorter and swifter upshifts and downshifts. An AWD layout could have improved on the driving dynamics notably but it would have also taken a toll on the 5.0L NA unit.

Model

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2021 BMW M850i

2021 Nissan GT-R

0-60 mph

4.4 secs

3.5 secs

3.5 secs

2.9 secs

Quarter-Mile 

13.0 secs

11.7 secs

11.9 secs

11.0 secs

Top-Speed

168 mph

200 mph

155 mph

196 mph

So, a sacrifice well made which helps the futuristic Lexus stay afloat among the more sophisticated bunch of competitors that make ample use of forced induction. Nissan GT-R is the mental one of the bunch for quite a long time now and crosses the 60 mph mark in under 3 seconds, which is supercar territory. Jaguar has the highest top speed which is all thanks to its beefy supercharged setup and the most performance figures.


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What are the MPG Figures of the 2021 Lexus LC 500?

The 2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe delivered 16 MPG in the city, and 25 MPG on the highway which will carry over unchanged for 2021 as well, due to no changes in the powertrain setup. It is impressive as despite being a Naturally Aspirated unit, the LC 500 still manages to hold its ground against the likes of more efficient turbocharged counterparts.

The reason for LC’s average gas mileage is quite loud and clear - a big V8 block but its retainment in this face-off is because of the hybrid transmission setup which primarily uses a CVT transmission which has a very keep reputation of being sluggish. But clever engineering from Lexus and coupling it to a 4-Speed Automatic transmission helps it go as sharp as it looks without losing out of MPG figures.

Model

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2021 BMW M850i

2021 Nissan GT-R

MPG (City)

16 

16

18

16

MPG (Highway)

25 

24

25

22

MPG (Combined)

19 

18

20

18

Fuel Capacity (gallons) 

21.7

18.5

18.0

19.5

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

357.2/ 542.5/ 412.3 296/ 444/ 333 324/ 450/ 360 312/ 429/ 251

When compared to its rivals, the Lexus LC 500’s MPG figures are comparable with most of its rivals with smaller blocks. And when it comes to range, the LC 500 delivers the highest range of the bunch, thanks to its large fuel tank of 21.7 gallons. But it is the Bimmer that triumphs in terms of overall MPG figures but is let down due to its fuel tank, which is the smallest in this bunch.

What are the interior updates for the 2021 Lexus LC 500?

You wouldn’t flinch a bit to say that the 2021 Lexus LC 500's interiors are one of the classiest in the industry. Lexus has used bespoke materials lavishly in the cabin and each and every panel has been meticulously laid out together which clearly shows the level of craftsmanship that has gone into putting such a clean and plush-looking cabin together. Nothing much has changed for 2021 except for added upholstery shades.

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. 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 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2021 BMW M850i

2021 Nissan GT-R

Seating Capacity

4

2

4

4

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

37.2/ 56.5/ 42.0

36.8/ 56.5/ 42.8

38.9/ 57.2/ 42.1

38.1/ 54.3/ 44.6

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

32.2/ 49.0/ 32.5

N/A

33.6/ 46.9/ 29.5

33.5/ 50.0/ 26.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

5.4

14.4

14.8

8.8

The only downfall of this luxurious Coupe on the inside is its trunk space, which is minute when compared to its rivals. As all of the competitors are coupes, comfort is confined to the front seating only and in case of the Jag, they thought it best to not include the second row at all, as it was a waste of space. Front row seating comfort is more or less the same in all four of them. Notable creature comfort features in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 are:

  • 8-Way Power-Adjustable heated and ventilated front seats
  • Magnesium Paddle Shifters and Aluminum pedals
  • Optional Sport seats with Alcantara inserts
  • 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?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 adds a few crucial updates for its infotainment setup. It gets a 10,3-inch trackpad controlled display and finally gets Android Auto along with the already available  Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Integration. The Lexus Enform infotainment suite has a neat bundle of connected features that includes Connected Maps as well as Service connectivity centers.

What’s more? Well, there’s the Lexus Application installed in the car that can be used to set alerts, push-reminders, service alerts, etc. Lexus gives you a three-year trial subscription of the Lexus Enform Remote mobile app that enables you to check the fuel, control climate, lock/unlock doors, and even start the engine just by a tap on your smartphone, Amazon Alexa, or smartwatch. Various infotainment features in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 are:

  • 10.3-inch LCD Navigation equipped infotainment display
  • Lexus 12-Speaker Premium Audio System
  • Optional Mark Levinson 13-speaker, 915-watt Reference Surround Sound 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 of data

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What are the exterior updates for the 2021 Lexus LC 500?

The 2021 LC 500 adorns an already futuristic look that gets a plethora of advanced exterior features and doesn't look out of place in this age of minimal looking Autonomous and Electric cars, despite being a 3-year old design. Starting with the LC’s front facia, the spindle shape grill placed in the middle of the wide-body gives the LC 500 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. 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. The blacked-out C-pillars are a clever touch to give the roof a floating look.

Model

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2021 BMW M850i

2021 Nissan GT-R

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,340

3,843

4,478

3,933

Length (in.)

187.4

176.0

191.2

185.4

Width (in.)

75.6

74.2

74.9

74.6

Height (in.)

53.0

51.6

53.0

53.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.2

3.9

5.0

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

113.0

103.2

111.1

109.4

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:

  • 20-in staggered-width split-10-spoke cast alloy wheels (available with Dark Silver and machined finish)
  • Two new colors: Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl
  • Premium ultra-compact, triple-beam LED headlamps
  • LED taillamps, inspired by a jet’s afterburner glow
  • Flush exterior colored door handles
  • Unique spindle front grille

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

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 packages offered by Lexus. Toyota and Lexus have never turned a blind eye when it comes to the safety of its passengers and it shows far and wide in the 2021 Lexus LC 500. The chassis of LC 500 is a unitized steel body with steel front and rear subframes which gives it a rigid outcome.

However, Safety regulators like NHTSA and IIHS have not yet rated the LC line-up since its generation upgrade in 2018. We will have to wait longer to get a Critic view of the LC 500 Convertible's safety. But since it's backed by Toyota, things look very bright because of the impressive list of safety features on offer. 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
  • Lexus Safety System+

When will the 2021 Lexus LC 500 launch and is it worth the upgrade?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe has stunning looks that are sure to keep the eyes rolling. Performance-wise, the LC is more natural in comparison to its rivals but lags in providing the same punchy "seat" back feel. However, the ample safety features, uncompromising interiors, and enigmatic looks of the car outshine its downsides. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 is already On-Sale and can be booked right away via their official website of your nearest dealership. 

It’s going to give a tough competition to the hybrids and coupes that are waiting to be introduced in this segment. What’s best is that the LC 500 is available at a comparatively lower price which is also one of its key USPs. It provides an explosive package with the Naturally Aspirated V8 as the sweet icing on this cake, as this is the most analog powertrain of 2021! 


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2021 Lexus LC 500 FAQs

When will the 2021 Lexus LC 500 launch?

Lexus had officially unveiled the 2021 LC 500 on April 8, 2020, and is currently On-Sale. You can book the 2021 Lexus LC 500 right away with either buying or leasing options from the nearest Lexus dealership.

Is the Lexus LC 500 AWD?

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

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

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

What is the top speed of the Lexus LC 500?

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 has a top speed of 168 MPH.

Is the Lexus LC 500 reliable?

J.D. Power has not yet rated the Lexus LC 500 after its generation update in 2018 but being backed by Toyota, we don't expect it to fail in any sense. There have been a few recalls that include fuel pump failure or Brake Assist malfunctioning, but was confined to a few units and Lexus was quick to rectify them. Moreover, the LC 500 is offered with a wholesome warranty package that includes:

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles
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