Lexus is known for being a premium brand that competes against the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz – its German rivals. Unlike the Germans, Lexus has only one convertible in its product line-up, the LC 500 convertible and it’s all they need.

The Lexus LC 500 Convertible is a product of the LC 500 Coupe. It’s essentially the Coupe with a soft top – a seductive specimen. Depending on what day it is, the LC 500 in both Coupe and Convertible, may look like the mighty Lexus LFA. You see, when Lexus’s designers were tasked with sketching a roofless version of the LC 500, their mandate was to create a vehicle with the same silhouette as the coupe when the roof is closed. The LC 500 Convertible’s soft-top roof arches smoothly over the vehicle and can be had in two different colours, and there are eleven body colours to choose from. 

Step inside the Lexus and a luxurious interior welcomes you. Once the roof has been safely stowed away, you can thoroughly enjoy the sonorous V8 belting tunes that send your eardrums into a frenzy. Climate Concierge is part of the LC 500 Convertible’s comfort features, it modulates cabin temperature depending on whether the roof is up or down. When driving topless, Climate Concierge turns up the coals and engages air scarf (warm air around your neck) for your comfort. A Mark Levinson audio system is on board for days when traffic doesn’t allow the eigh-cylinder to sing aloud. Your music and smartphone integration is catered for through a 10.3-inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Lexus LC 500 engine specs

There is only one engine on offer here, a naturally aspirated V8 block and we wouldn’t have it any other way, honestly! In a world where everything has a turbo bolstered to it, piloting the LC 500 Convertible with its NA eight-cylinder is a treat to be savoured. At 5.0 litres and producing 351 kW and 540 Nm, the LC can hop from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds. This isn’t the type of vehicle you purchase to do robot to robot sprints, the Lexus LC 500 Convertible is a cruiser with some brawn under the hood. If, however, you choose to enjoy the fruits of its performance, it will gladly facilitate this. Unlike most modern performance vehicles with soft limiters that cut off engine power once you reach a certain rev range, the Japanese thought it would be nice to allow the Lexus’s V8 to rev freely through the entire rev range and bounce off the limiter. It sounds glorious when you allow it to express itself in this way, and it’s also at this point that your inner child awakens.

Lexus LC 500 price

With two variants of this striking low-slung machine on offer, pricing does differ slightly. Have a look at the comprehensive LC 500 pricelist below.

Lexus LC 500 Coupe                            R2 158 200

Lexus LC 500 Convertible                    R2 345 500

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