- 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible on sale in Australia from $214,000
- Only 10 examples of the Limited Edition coming to Australia
- Same monstrous 5.0-litre V8 engine that drives the coupe
UPDATE: Lexus has at last made Australian photography available. With the exception of the roof-up photo at the bottom of this story, all images in this piece are now Australian-market cars – and we couldn't resist reviving the story.
September 30, 2020: Australian pricing and details for the 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible have been announced today, following the June arrival of an updated LC Coupe range.
While the well-regarded Coupe can be had for a touch less than $200,000 before on-road costs, the privilege of topless motoring in a Lexus LC will relieve you of $214,000 – again before on-road costs.
The (not unusual) premium is unlikely to upset buyers, however, thanks to its exclusivity factor – but an even more exclusive Limited Edition model is available from $234,000, detailed further down in this story.
In developing the LC Convertible, Lexus says it worked to ensure buyers were robbed of none of the benefits offered in the Coupe's cabin – namely, space.
With its "compact and lightweight" aluminium and magnesium roof structure, the LC500 Convertible's headroom falls just 11 and 4mm short of the coupe's front and rear space, respectively.
That roof can be lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 50km/h – which, incidentally, is around 5 seconds faster than in the old (and completely unrelated) IS 250C.
As with all convertibles, effort has been made to compensate for the missing roof structure through additional underbody bracing and shear panel – while at the same time benefiting from a lower centre of gravity.
As with the LC500 coupe, power in the LC500 Convertible is provided by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine delivering 351kW at 7100rpm and 540Nm at 4800rpm.
The big V8 is matched to a ten-speed automatic transmission, mechanical limited-slip differential and a rear-wheel drive configuration.
The LC500 Convertible weighs in at 2035kg, with an official combined fuel consumption figure of 12.7L/100km.
Standard equipment with the LC500 includes:
- 21-inch forged-alloy two-tone wheels
- Clearance and reversing sonar
- Pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pre-collision braking (PCB)
- Lane keep assist (LKA) with steering assist
- Blind spot monitor (BSM) with rear cross traffic alert (RCTA)
- All-speed radar active cruise control (ACC)
- Pop-up pedestrian sensing safety bonnet
- Six SRS airbags
- Vehicle stability control (VSC) and traction control (TRC)
- Triple-stack LED headlights with cornering lights and washers, dusk-sensing function and automatic high-beam (AHB)
- Keyless smart entry with smart key card
- Retractable door handles with illumination
- LFA-style 8.0-inch digital instrumentation with slide-out meter ring
- Colour head-up display (HUD)
- 10.3-inch multimedia screen with Lexus Remote Touch-pad (LRT) controller
- Reversing camera with rear guide assist (RGA)
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
- DAB+, USB and AUX inputs
- Satellite navigation system with SUNA live traffic alerts
- Navigation with speed limit display
- Advanced multimedia voice control
- 13-speaker, 918-watt Mark Levinson DVD Audio with Clari-Fi
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Self-dimming interior mirror
- Dual-zone climate control air conditioning with Lexus Climate Concierge
- Semi-aniline leather-accented front seats
- 10-way power-operated front seats with driver memory settings
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Front seat neck heaters
- Power steering column adjust
- Steering wheel heater
- Touch-sensitive interior lights
- Sports pedals
- Stainless-steel scuff plates
- Active noise control (ANC)
- Mechanical limited-slip differential
- Drive Mode Select: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Customise, Sport S & Sport S+
LC500 Convertible buyers also gain a three-year membership to the new Lexus Encore Platinum Owner Benefits program, which you can read about in our story here.
In its 10-car Limited Edition specification, the LC500 Convertible comes in the company's special Structural Blue, matched to a white-and-blue semi-aniline leather-accented interior and unique Limited Edition scuff plates.
Regarding this $20,000 premium special, Lexus says:
Structural Blue pursues an extraordinary visual experience by harnessing a newly developed structural colour pigment the result of an intensive 15-year research project.
Compared with existing blue pigments - where light is absorbed once and blue light reflected - a multi-layer construction enhances the interference effect on the light to reflect higher luminescence and saturation.
Conventional pigment paints reflect less than 50 per cent of incoming light as a visible blue colour, but with Structural Blue the level is nearly 100 per cent.
Structural Blue was inspired by the shimmering blue wings of the American Morpho butterfly and incorporates 300 billion nano-structure (super-small) pigment flakes that generate iridescence, giving the impression of the colour constantly changing with the light.
While the Morpho butterfly is renowned for the iridescent blue of its wings, they are actually colourless. The blue seen by the human eye is created by light interference on the microscopic lattice surface structure of the butterfly's wings.
Similarly, Structural Blue paint is designed to work on the eye rather than on a camera lens; it is only when it is seen 'in the flesh' that the amazing effect becomes clear.
Click any of the photos in this story to see the wider colour options available with the LC500 Convertible.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported that only 10 examples of the LC500 will come to Australia. Rather, only 10 examples of the Limited Edition model are allocated to Australia, with the LC500 Convertible's availability otherwise unrestricted.
2021 Lexus LC pricing
- LC500 Coupe - $194,747
- LC500h Coupe hybrid - $195,165
- LC500 Convertible - $214,000
- LC500 Convertible Limited Edition - $234,000
Prices include GST and LCT, but exclude on-road costs