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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is topless bliss

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This attractive V8 sports car is much more expensive than its coupé cousin, but not without reason. The temporary roof removal takes only about 15 seconds to achieve and can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph.

Beauty finally comes at a Harga Lexus LC. Well, at least it does on the 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible (which is the stunning two-door roadster debuting at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show). Lexus’ flagship V8 droptop is expected to go on sale later this summer, the company confirmed Tuesday, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $102,125, which includes a $1,025 delivery charge. This equates to a modest surcharge of US$8,150 for the convertible top, as the luxury brand likewise confirmed that the new model’s fixed-top LC 500 Coupe counterpart will cost US$93,975 (including delivery costs).

While the basic specification of the convertible is very similar to that of its tougher cousin, it is no surprise that the price of a convertible sports car. Not only is additional engineering required to reinforce the structure and provide a power-folding mechanism, but there is also a pair of pyrotechnic safety hoops that rise in the event of an impending rollover. Add in convertible-specific suspension kinematics and a unique top-down climate control mode and the price premium starts to sound more reasonable.

Like the Coupe, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is rear-wheel drive and powered by a 471 hp V8 engine that also produces 398 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus is mated to the obligatory 10-speed automatic transmission with the gearshift, citing a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.6 seconds – 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe. The convertible’s electronically limited top speed of 168 mph is unchanged from the hardtop, despite the 200 pounds added to the drop-top prototype.

Unlike the coupé, the hybrid powertrain is available for the convertible at least at launch. (Based on roadshow testing of the relatively disappointing gas-electric version of the LC 500h, this is not necessarily a cause for discontent.

As you might expect, the Lexus LC convertible’s starting price of $102,125 is just the tip of a potential financial iceberg. If you’re feeling particularly impatient, you can opt for the $18,800 Inspiration Series package, which includes model-specific Structure Blue paint paired with Bespoke Amalfi White semi-aniline leather, as well as a Torsen limited-slip differential, Yamaha adaptive dampers, and 21-inch alloy wheels, among other benefits. The brilliant trick with this elegant (former) coupe? It also comes with the Zero Halliburton matching two-piece aluminum luggage compartment.

Of course, if you’re just looking for high-end perforated leather, Mark Levinson reference audio and cold-weather features such as an upper-body heating system, heated steering wheel, and windscreen de-icer, there’s always the Touring package, which is a relatively poor $5,290.

Our advice? Go for the limited-slip differential and Yamaha shocks ($460), the flat-screen display ($900), and the Mark Levinson setup splurge ($1,220), but don’t check the other options box – especially the great-looking but bound-to-be rough-riding 21-inch wheels. Sadly, there’s no option to remove Lexus’ diabolical Remote Touch infotainment interface (which would be priceless), but at least you can get the Convertible with Nori Green Pearl paint.

In any case, by lightening up the LC 500 Convertible’s options list, you’ll get some octane out of the gasoline while still creating incredible V8 music and a big smile for a freshly tanned face. Sounds like a good plan.

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