“You got money, my boy, I like it,” YouTuber told me, a camera mounted on a curtain as he walked past me to wade into a Mazda RX-7 sea parked on the West Side Highway in New York. It was the 7th day of NYC, a huge festival of engines with rotating engines and their friends, held annually on July 7, and once again a crowd of Mazda crowds and owners descended in Times Square, this time despite a pandemic – or perhaps because because most of these enthusiasts got stuck inside for several months and desperately wanted to meet their own kind.
I definitely felt the same way. And while I was in the car – in 2021 – the Lexus LC 500 convertible, which was only one of the few in America at the time ̵1; was not a Mazda or a spinning wheel and, unlike almost every other car at the event, it was in stock. I have a lot of attention. Thumb up. Stares. Smiles of approval. Questions about the engine and the price of the sticker.
This is not the car you want if the word “gentle” is anywhere in your dictionary.
“It’s not mine,” I shouted back to my new friend, who was reluctant to explain the logistics of car loans to the press, but didn’t want to invoke any stolen Lexus Valor. Unfortunately, I don’t think he heard me through a mask or through the roar of tuned engines as they turned off the highway. The LC 500 stood out among the heavily modified RX-7, R32 Skylines, S2000, Integras, NSX and unexpected special events such as the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo, all of which attended. The LC 500 price tag of 112,000, which was far from the rest, did the same.
It didn’t matter. Lexus was accepted immediately. Beloved, even. Included in the 80’s and 90’s of the JDM crowd. It’s too rare, too weird and too engaging. And if you’re lucky enough to invest in one, attention is what you’re after.
In some ways, it looks like the modern equivalent of the Japanese Bubble Era car – expensive, rich, focused on a very, very small niche for buyers and without a real recognizable business case. I think that’s why everyone liked the FD RX-7. The game recognizes the game and so on. It is a Japanese model Aston Martin Volante or Mercedes SL, except for a fresher and more unique. And you have to applaud Lexus for mentioning it at a time when SUVs dominate everything.
2021 Lexus LC 500 Cabrio, by numbers
- Base price (according to testing): $ 101,000 ($ 111,920)
- Drive system: 5.0 liter V8 engine with natural intake 10-speed automatic transmission rear wheel drive
- Horse power: 471 horses
- Torque: 398 pounds
- weight: £ 4,280.
- EPA fuel consumption: 15 mpg city | 25 highway 18 in combination
- Number of seats: Four (technically speaking; the rear seats are only for small children or people you don’t like)
- Promise: A V8 powered Grand-touring convertible that is different from the others.
- Delivery: A few mistakes in implementation can’t disprove how strange and fun it is.
Although traffic and parking are high and the streets are cleared by a pandemic, and The worst economy he has seen in decades, New York is still a haven for very nice cars. Cayennes and Macans abound. Some neighborhoods have a class G on each additional block. Aston Martin and Lamborghinis are not uncommon at BQE. The country, of course, controlled by a TLC camera, but the city’s money is evident in its cars.
Nevertheless, the LC 500 kept turning its heads in the week I had it. The folding board, the long, long hood, the sparkling red color ($ 595 option) and the V8 roaring rev attracted more attention than anything I’ve ever tried. if for any other reason than the fact that many of them do not see the period. It’s amazing that they’re even made by Lexus – last year, the season sold only about 1,200 in America, and I’m surprised their numbers are so high.
However, Lexus found it appropriate not only to continue to operate, but also to produce a convertible version by 2021. I know Toyota has a hell of a hell for outsourcing the new Supra to BMW, but a man, the world’s largest carmaker in the world. , he can definitely throw us a bone if he wants to. k. Even if you lose money on a project like this, which could be very good – I think you can get away with some things when you regularly move so many RAV4.
By the way, at least a few quasi-savvy people asked if it was an LFA or if I asked for a rev V10 engine they thought it had. When you look at both sides side by side, this confusion is a bit understandable. But the LC 500 doesn’t have an amazingly high-revolutionary 10-cylinder engine from Japan’s biggest supersport, nor can it match that print. (Few cars can.) Instead, it has its own gem under the hood: the 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated Lexus Lexus V8, the same as the RC F, GS F and the old IS F.
As visually stunning as the LC 500, I think the V8 is a real star of the show, as it was at the RC FI, which I deeply enchanted last year. Naturally aspirated V8s are so short these days, and this engine has the character that is often lacking in supercharged engines. It sounds amazing, it’s revolutionary, it’s great on speed and high-speed slopes, and it’s an avid partner in the Shenanigans. In my opinion, the twin-turbo V6 is not a substitute for this thing. The word is zero to 60 mph lasts a little less than five seconds; This is understandable given the curb weight of 4,280 pounds, but driving in the real world has proven to be quite fast.
It’s smarter to ride than your sheer weight allows. Driving is light and precise, body weight is minimal and driving is more comfortable on the firmer side. Even in Sport + mode, it’s not enough to just light your hair with fire, but the whole package is enough to move with force, have fun in the corners and not chase you too hard when it does. Some may think that they do not have AMG savagery levels, but I think he has the right to athleticism for what he is trying to do. It is balanced and the balance is difficult to pull today.
Something special inside, with some frustration
Appearance and speed, of course, tell only some stories with a proper big passenger. The goal is to be comfortable in your wealth. What’s the point of spending so much money on a convertible if you kick your ass every day?
Indeed, the LC 500 is something to be seen inside – and when you step into it. There are so many unique touches, from the opening door handles to the “waves” on the inside of the door to the Lexus “L” branding on the headrests and the ornate leather-wrapped steering wheel. It’s a cut above all that Lexus does; everything inside really feels forbidden, not what you would expect from a mass market maker who has made his bones to share parts and platforms. Boys from seven days often reminded how much skin was in this car. All this is balanced by tasteful brushed aluminum and high-quality plastics.
It’s nice, simply put. One of the most beautiful interiors that you can get right now, at any cost.
However, the trade-offs are currently very similar to many Lexus models. Expect a lot of ergonomic oddity, especially when it comes to the information system. At first, I never found a switch that would first fall to the top – it’s tucked into a leather-wrapped panel under the trackpad that flips open when you need it. I think that was fine when I figured it out.
What I had more trouble finding was the Lexus trackpad system, which I always hated and still hate. The car escapes the touch screen due to an inaccurate system of trackpads and mouse cursors, which is incredibly frustrating when you’re parked and completely dangerous when you’re trying to control very basic functions while driving. I found that I only use my phone for navigation functions, which in my opinion in 2020 I don’t have to do with a six-seater luxury car.
Slide your finger on the trackpad to move the cursor on the screen and set menus on the interface, and then click when you find what you’re looking for. At least that’s an idea. I was constantly having trouble getting the cursor to the menu I wanted, to follow my finger’s commands correctly, and to stay where I wanted him to say it. It is cumbersome to use for basic functions such as troubleshooting navigation addresses or improving car settings. Car manufacturers must stop trying to rethink the tablets and smartphones that everyone in the world is used to.
Lexus is finally moving from this system and back to touch screens. They had to realize how irritating the old setting was. I’m afraid it’s a good move, but it’s not enough to store the interface on the LC 500.
Another minor frustration was the arrangement of the automatic gearshift, which feels drunk on the Prius, because that’s exactly what you want in your favorite runway to a big traveler. For reverse and up, left or left, for manual shift mode, turn left. In practice, its use is longer than the sentence seems to be, and it slows down your attempts at fast three-point turns more than you would like.
In the end, I think about it with two minds. On the one hand, if you’re lucky enough to think about the LC 500 Variable Property in this economy, you have to think long and hard about whether you can live with this trackpad and information system every day. On the other hand, it is almost certainly destined to be someone’s second (or third or fourth) car, a weekend and evening motor vehicle, a trip machine – not their everyday driver.
If this is your case, you may want to overlook LC’s technological issues and simply accept its many other good features. It has at least compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Then it was better for this price.
The LC 500 convertible starts at $ 101,000. My tester had a choice of $ 10,000, including a $ 5,290 travel package that boasts even more beautiful leather front seats, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a “climate concierge” with heated upper body, and more. Siri Eyes Free, heads-up display, adaptive dampers, Torsen limited slip differential and automatic high beams rounded out the list of specifications. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, you feel like you have a lot.
Problems with the information system aside, LC 500 is the winner in my book. In many ways, we are in the most boring car country in history. Cars are faster, safer, cleaner and more efficient than ever before, but so many are expensive trucks or crossover SUVs that look and feel the same. So many cars that are really interesting have been wiped out, so car manufacturers can focus on profits and the necessary switch to electricity.
The LC 500, especially in convertible form, is special. It is different. It’s also comfortable, powerful and so remarkable that people can’t take their eyes off it. It’s not what you’d expect from Toyota or its luxury division at all, and it’s not something you’ll often see on the road. I’m glad this thing exists, but I was also very happy to be behind the wheel. For the few remaining customers who are dedicated to the big traveler who really want to excel, this is a solid way to achieve this.
Many tuned RX-7 drivers think it’s great. What more do you want?