The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible made its official debut at the 2019 LA International Auto Show, and it’s a doozy. It’s powered by the same 5.0-liter V8 generating 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic, as the luxury coupe. Plus, there’s only a 126-pound weight difference between the models, while additional chassis bracing was added to maintain rigidity and the interior is just as sleek. The coolest feature would have to be its top, which can be retracted in just 15 seconds. A Structural Blue with white interior model is being offered as a 100-unit limited edition run to celebrate the launch. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The LC 500 Convertible boasts a four-layer fabric top with its frame hidden away underneath the material, so that you won’t see it when the roof is in place. Drivers can operate the top at speeds up to 31 miles per hour and exterior color choices include Ultra White, Smoky Granite, Liquid Platinum, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, Caviar, Infrared, Cadmium Orange, Flare Yellow, and Nightfall Mica.
With the new LC Convertible, even if the weather cools down that doesn’t mean the top has to stay on. In fact, the HVAC system is designed to adjust temperature automatically regardless of whether the top is raised or lowered, and if the top is down neck heaters are designed to help keep the upper body warm. The Lexus Climate Concierge with Upper Body Heating automatically manages the air conditioner, seat heaters, neck heaters and steering-wheel heater to ensure the cabin is at the ideal temperature even if the outside weather is not. The HVAC system has also been optimized to send warm or cold air to the back of the driver’s hands when gripping the steering wheel,” said the company in a press release.