The Lexus LC500 isn't just one of the most exciting cars the company has ever built, it's one of the exciting cars on the road, period. With the new LC500 Convertible, Lexus has taken that idea and very delicately turned it into an equally stunning convertible. The LC is definitely the best expression of the brand's current design language and that continues with the convertible. The company has managed to maintain the style and presence of the hardtop, keeping that sharp silhouette intact and now that the roof is gone, passengers get a front seat to the rumble of the 471 hp 5.0L V8 that sits under that unforgettable hood.
Once you hit the pedal, the engine erupts with a beastly yet refined engine note as you hurtle from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Top speed is 168 mph, just like the coupe and no matter how hard you push the car, the LC's adaptive variable suspension system automatically adjusts the ride and handling while also helping to dramatically minimize any body roll. An optional Torsen limited-slip rear differential and a Yamaha performance damper are also available to take stability and ride comfort to the next level.
The bold styling of the exterior continues inside with a driver-focused cabin with a seat that has been very carefully engineered to create the perfect driving position. And we think they've nailed it here, there certainly is a more organic feel when you're in the driver's seat, you feel both comfortable and more in control, which we imagine is further enhanced with the bolstered seating.
As for overall cabin comfort and luxury, Lexus struck a balance between necessity and just the right amount of extravagance. We look at it as more of a technical approach to luxury. You can see it in the door and grab handles where you'll find sculptural shapes that are both beautiful and purposeful. Nothing feels too excessive or out of place, buttons are positioned where they need to be and even the climate controls have a tactile feel and responsiveness that feels familiar and refreshing in a world that continues to get dominated by haptic touchscreens.
As for cabin comfort, Lexus has designed its soft-top roof with a four-layer construction that is designed to tackle road noise when deployed. When it's closed, the open-top experience is complemented by an Active Noise Control system and a small, specially designed wind deflector that keeps airflow in control. We found the system to work quite well, road and wind noise never felt like an issue and even the fully-loaded Mark Levinson sound system didn't sound compromised as we sped down the highway with the roof down.
Overall, it's everything that made the LC500 Coupe exciting, just with the added benefit of a convertible. Nothing is really lost in the design translation, the styling is equally as striking and memorable and to us, the performance feels even more exciting without the roof. If there's one issue at all, we imagine it'll be the price and that's not to say the car isn't worth every penny of that $101,000 MSRP.
We think it is, especially when it's spec'd with one of the most unique paint options out there: Structural Blue. It's the competition that might be a problem for some. The company is fairly new to this category and yes, there are some pretty incredible options to consider in this price range, but, and this is a big but, the LC500 is simply unlike anything out there. In 2020, the design still feels as fresh and forward-thinking as the concept from several years ago and it has a presence on the road that a photo just can't capture. Lexus already won us over with the LC500 and it has won us over again with the convertible. We just hope it finds as many customers that love it as much as we did because if this is any indication of where the brand is going then it might be as good a time as ever to put a Lexus in the driveway.
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