The Lexus LC 500 Convertible is the best admirable car I’ve apprenticed in 2020. And I drive a lot of cars.
It’s been said that agent purchases are generally be apprenticed by emotion, and if there was anytime a agent advised to activity one’s soul, the LC convertible is it. Lexus wants you to abatement in love, and honestly, unless you absolutely don’t like cars, it’s appealing adamantine not to abatement in adulation with the car. This car is artlessly stunning, but I’ll get to that. First, a little background.
The aboriginal LC (Luxury Coupe, according to Lexus) assembly archetypal was appear at the Detroit Auto Actualization in 2016 and went on auction a year after as a 2018 in gas and gas amalgam auto form. The convertible aboriginal bankrupt awning as a abstraction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the summer of 2019 and was followed by a assembly alternative acknowledge at the L.A. Auto actualization aftermost fall.
Mechanically, all LC models are congenital on the Toyota New Global Architecture L (TNGA-L) belvedere aggregate with the accepted gen LS full-size sedan. Both rear and all-wheel drive are accurate but, clashing the LS, the LC is rear-wheel drive alone and is accessible with a V8 engine.
The LC convertible is powered by a artlessly aspirated 5.0-litre DOHC 32-valve V8 that produces 471 application and 398 lb-ft of torque that’s commutual with a 10-speed paddle-shift automated transmission. This is the aforementioned V8 acclimated in the RC F auto and abandonment GS F sedan.
For the purposes of this review, Lexus Canada set me up with an Infrared tester accomplished with a Toasted Caramel Semi-Aniline covering autogenous and a analogous beach roof. Apart from a $650 acrylic charge, aggregate abroad comes standard. As you ability imagine, the account of included amenities is long. Accepted kit includes 21-inch artificial admixture wheels, triple-beam LED headlights, TORSEN limited-slip differential, adaptive capricious suspension, configurable agenda apparatus array and 10.3-inch multimedia display.
Oh, and it additionally has close heaters congenital into the advanced headrests which appear in accessible aback you’re active with the top bottomward in Canada in backward October. I allege from experience.
As mentioned, this car is a complete looker. From its massive chrome wheels, to its continued awning creases that breeze into its arbor grille, and the detail in its triple-beam LED headlights, this car is a abstraction fabricated real. Its adorableness comes into bluff focus as ablaze reveals its abounding absorbing surfaces, across-the-board curve and shapes that agglutinate altogether together. The rear LED taillights that amplitude beyond and point bottomward and blanket into the rear fenders assume bigger ill-fitted to a car in a video game, but they fabricated it to production. And they’re clashing annihilation I’ve apparent on a assembly car.
The autogenous feels like two-door LS. It is awe-inspiring and elegant, with absurd detail and admirable fit and finish. I say two-door because while there’s a 2 2 aback seat, let’s get complete – no one’s activity aback there. If you accept baby kids maybe, but how abounding LC convertible intenders accept baby kids? Actual few, I’d say. For all intents and purposes, this is a two-passenger car.
And what a two-passenger it is!
The caramel covering looks and feels abundant to the blow and wraps altogether about abounding absorbing shapes and surfaces with stitching, decidedly in the seats that bleed an air of adroitness and sophistication. The metallic-finish buttons for altitude controls in the centre assemblage haven’t been overthought and aback their operation in a aboveboard manner.
I accept no austere advisedly with the agenda displays either. The annular LCD tachometer / speedometer barometer will attending accustomed if you’ve apprenticed any Lexus F car, and its actualization changes with active mode. The agenda readouts surrounding it can be tailored to the driver’s affection and it all works fine.
There is one bother that charge be mentioned, however. The controls for the acrimonious and cooled advanced seats, forth with the close warmers, are housed in the multimedia system. I’m absolutely not a fan of this practice, as it makes the controls harder to find, fussier to use and increases disciplinarian distraction. Lexus, please—there’s affluence of amplitude on the centre animate for these buttons. If you can put a hinged awning over the roof and window buttons, you can put bench altitude controls on the console, too.
Okay, so does it drive?
Like a affluence admirable tourer. And I beggarly that in the best accessible way. Someone aerial up in the Lexus aliment alternation is a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz SL, because this car so acutely draws afflatus from the SL that Daimler care to accept royalties.
I’m actuality a bit tongue-in-cheek here, but the LC convertible delivers agnate vibes. Altered manufacturer, altered car, altered architecture and details, yes, but a accustomed essence. And, added importantly, the aforementioned activity abaft the wheel. I had the roof bottomward for best of my actual abbreviate (48-hour) alley analysis and while canoeing forth on one actual unseasonably balmy and brilliant backward October day, my apperception drifted aback to an SL media drive I abounding in 2016 in Southern California. That accident included a drive from Newport Beach to San Diego forth the Pacific Coast Highway which was complete bliss.
Unfortunately, my time with the LC convertible didn’t accommodate a drive forth the PCH, but the awareness was similar. Roof down, ensconced in a accomplished affluence berth with a brawny V8 bankrupt bushing my ears. Rolling bottomward a two-lane country road, sunglasses (and hat) on, watching the apple go by from a best admirable seat. This is what LC convertible buying offers. Simple motoring pleasure.
But what about performance? Despite its V8 agent and RWD layout, the LC absolutely isn’t congenital for performance. Yes, there’s an adaptive suspension, and a drive approach selector with action and action settings. I fiddled about with them and they can acuminate burke acknowledgment and acquiesce agent revs to body afore upshifting for a added activating active feel. The V8 is torquey and responsive, too, so quick pulls from blow are there for the demography with a abundant bottom and action approach if you wish.
But white-knuckle achievement isn’t absolutely the LC convertible’s game. It’s not a clue day car, nor is it ideal for taming the Tail of the Dragon. There are abounding bigger choices for those fun tasks. No, the LC convertible is congenital for canoeing on brilliant top-down days, addition out those sojourns for as continued as possible, and consistently demography the continued way home.
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