By Shari Prymak
The Lexus LC 500 stands proud as one of the best GT cars that money can buy, regardless of the price tag. Although there are plenty of rivals that are just as luxurious with superior performance numbers, none can match the LC for character, personality, and sheer driving enjoyment. And now Lexus has expanded the LC’s appeal further with the availability of an open-top version: the LC 500 Convertible.
The LC 500 is not the first convertible to serve as the flagship model of the Lexus lineup. The somewhat forgotten SC 430 filled that role between the 2002 to 2010 model years. The LC 500 Convertible, however, takes things to a whole another level. For one thing it is just stunning beautifully with looks that rival cars double or triple its price tag for curb appeal. The interior too is beautiful and wonderfully opulent with only the best materials and build quality. All of the surfaces and leather upholstery for the seats look straight out of a high-priced Bentley. The convertible version adds a soothing neck heater which blows warm air through a vent in the headrests for added comfort during cool top-down drives.
The LC 500’s appeal extends well beyond its breathtaking appearance or its ultra-luxurious interior. The driving experience is unlike anything else on the market, and it’s largely thanks to the wonderful naturally-aspirated V8 engine under the hood. Completely free of any soul-sucking turbochargers or hybrid assists, the LC’s V8 emits a spine-tingling, magical sounding snarl that sets the tone for every drive. The sound at redline as the engine reverberates off the limiter before snapping a lightning fast gear change is a heart-racing experience like nothing else. The open air experience that the convertible provides only serves to amplify the enjoyment further.
Tone things down to a gentle cruise, and the LC can sooth and coddle as well as any GT on the market. The solid chassis and well-damped suspension are perfectly tuned for both sharp cornering and comfortable long-distance cruising. The 4-layer insulated soft top provides impressive sound suppression and isolation with the roof in place. Dropping the roof is about a 15 second affair that can be done at speeds up to 50 km/h. Flip up the neat leather cover and next to the power roof switch sits a second switch which conveniently lowers all the windows with one press.
The LC 500 Convertible comes only one way with an MSRP of $122,500 leaving colour choices as the only options. It is an outstanding bargain when compared to similar GT cars such as the BMW 8-Series, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Porsche 911. It is especially appealing when you factor in its exclusivity and overall rarity on the roads. With its irresistible combination of drop-dead gorgeous looks, lavish interior, perfectly balanced driving dynamics, and soulful V8 engine, the LC 500 exists in a class of one. It is a unique and thrilling driving experience worthy of the highest praise.