Lexus LC 500 Convertible:
Let me start off somewhat personal here. It’s been years since I’ve written a full review of a vehicle; I’m the video guy, sharing my thoughts on YouTube and showcasing cinematic videos of the vehicles I review. This week that vehicle is a Lexus LC 500 Convertible. It’s a stunning car that would make for a great video. Unfortunately, I was sick on the day I was supposed to film the review. In the past, I’ve had the chance to reschedule, but this week just didn’t work out. So instead of a video, here’s my full review in written form – with probably way too many accompanying photos.
The Lexus LC 500 is renowned as a Grand Tourer, and while it’s technically a 2+2 I don’t think you’re fitting much in the rear seat, something we’ll touch on later. I’ve reviewed the 2021 Convertible before, but now we have the new 2024 model. This introduces the Lexus Bespoke Build option for the Convertible, allowing customers to craft their vehicle to their desires. The 2024 also comes with new interior options and paint colors that we’ll explore later on.
Diversifying its models, the 2024 LC 500 stands out with choices like the standard Coupe, the hybrid LC 500h, the Convertible variant, and the exclusive Inspiration Series.
In the new Copper Crest Premium paint, the LC 500 Convertible exudes sophistication. Triple-beam LED headlamps and 21-inch forged gloss black metallic alloy wheels with a machined finish further enhance its striking presence on the road.
The spindle grille upfront stands out as a staple of Lexus design, with the brand’s badge proudly displayed at the top. The flowing lines from the hood to the A-pillar give the car a sense of motion. The side profile exudes a sporty vibe, although it feels a bit elongated with an extended trunk.
The rear looks sleek with mirrored taillights and large exhaust tips surrounded in chrome. It’s symmetrical, even featuring the Lexus logo and nameplate centered on the rear.
Opening the trunk reveals a capacity of 3.4 cubic feet, not vast but more than many coupes in this class. Even with the top down, the compartments are separate, maintaining trunk space. The coupe version offers 5.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, so if that’s crucial, opt for the coupe.
Inside, the LC 500 Convertible indulges the senses, offering a refined haven. The Bespoke Build introduces a stunning White and Blue semi-aniline leather interior, complemented by heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and the Mark Levinson Premium Audio System.
The blue and white color scheme of the interior doesn’t quite match the exterior, but features like the thick blue steering wheel with large paddle shifters, blue floor mats, leather shift knob, and seatbelts are eye-catching.
The rear seats might make you wonder, why bother? They’re tight, even for three people if the passenger seat is pushed forward. You’d also have to do away with the wind shade this review vehicle came equipped with and that sucker doesn’t fit in the trunk.
The technological prowess of the 2024 LC 500 is impressive, boasting the Lexus Interface displayed on a 12.3-inch touchscreen, an upgrade from the previous LC 500 I reviewed. The system, consistent with newer Lexus models, looks great in this compact car. A full 360-degree camera system is a surprising addition, useful for the car’s deceptively longer length.
The driver’s display, inspired by the legendary LFA, features two screens that can slide around. You can customize it for a race-inspired feel or more driver-centric info, although its durability over time remains a question. The knobs on the driver’s display control traction and driving modes. The LC 500 offers Normal, Eco, S, and S+ modes, enhancing the driving experience.
Under the hood, the LC 500 Convertible packs a 5.0-liter V8 engine generating 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. This promises an adrenaline-pumping ride, though cornering isn’t its forte. The 0-60 time is 4.6-seconds, while the Coupe does it in just 4.4-seconds. With the top down, you won’t care about that fraction of a second. With power comes sacrifice, and in this case, it’s fuel economy. This car is rated at 15-mpg city and 25-mpg highway.
Starting at $99,050 for the LC 500 and $106,550 for the Convertible, the LC 500 isn’t for everyone. This review vehicle topped over $117k after options and destination charges.
The 2024 Lexus LC 500 Convertible, with its Copper Crest paint, V8 power, bespoke interior and infinite headroom, stands out as a well-rounded performance machine in its class. If you’re considering one and have the means, it’s a buy without hesitation.