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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible: Power and Comfort

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The top opens in approximately 15 seconds. The power soft top and active roll bars work together to accomplish the task. Just a touch and a brief hold get the roof up or down in seconds. The wind deflector and removable wind screen gets you outside mentally while captivating your emotions.

The LC 500 convertible is based on the LC 500 coupe. The 5.0 Liter V-8 engine delivers 471-horsepower and is aided by a 10-speed Sport Direct Shift Automatic Transmission with magnesium paddle shifter, supporting rear wheel drive, and active sport exhaust.

Lexus LC 500 delivers 25 mpg- highway, 15 mpg-city, for a combined 18-mpg. The mileage is not that good but oh my, what-a-ride.

Steering could have been improved, but it was the performance that was the most appealing, certainly exposing the luxury convertible flagship LC family as a leader in the industry.

When Lexus engineers went to work crafting an all new torsion box at the rear, paired with a new suspension tower brace and V brace, it helped provide enhanced rigidity, handling (stability) and linear responsiveness.

The company’s literature mentioned the Laser Screw Welding and the use of high-tensile-strength-steel through the structure, which aided in the chassis reinforcement. I guess that is one of the reasons this convertible felt so sound even at top speed.

The infrared identity exterior body color added to the athletic identity, and presented an ascetic quality generally reserved for a more expensive vehicle.

The LC 500 rests on 20-inch 10-spoke cast-alloy wheels including Run Flat Tires with performance brakes.

The inside is stunningly beautiful. Heated and ventilated leather-trimmed 10-way power adjustable front seats complement the power tilt wheel/telescopic steering wheel with audio control, memory and cruise control.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible: Power and Comfort

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The power-folding-auto-dimming heated outside mirrors and auto-dimming inside mirror supplement the worthiness of the auto dual-zone climate control with pollen filter. Blind spot monitor and rear-cross traffic alert are also featured.

Up front, triple beam LED headlights with daytime running lights lead the way.

This convertible has more technology than any car I have ever driven. Should you not be at least moderately tech savvy, there will be challenges.

All tech commands work through a touchpad. If you feel comfortable using a touchpad and are experienced with one then you may be alright. There is a whole array of possibilities. However, if you are like me…well, good luck.

Everything is presented on a 10.3-inch multimedia screen featuring Android Auto, Apple Car Play, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. There is Dynamic Voice Command (10-year trial) and Lexus Navigation System. The touchpad starts you down all paths, whether weather reports, music selection, or audio and sound.

Personally, I would like to see a version of usage (no touchpad) that was not so challenging. Features that I could easily get like: Sirius Radio and Navigation, made more accessible for folks like me.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible: Power and Comfort

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No one exceeds Lexus when it comes to providing standard safety technology. Features like: Pre Collision System with pedestrian detection, All-speed dynamic cruise control, intelligent high beam headlamps, lane keep assist with steering assist, and lane departure alert assist are a few examples.

Many of these safety features work without you personally having to activate them.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price $101,000.

Driving a convertible is a state of mind. One doesn’t want to sacrifice power or comfort while still enjoying the rush you get from feeling outside while being completely involved with everything inside. The LC 500 Convertible offers both worlds and more.

Warranty

4-year/50,000-miles Basic Warranty.

5-year/70,000-miles Powertrain Warranty.

5-year/unlimited mile Corrosion and Perforation Warranty.

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this publication or [email protected].