2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible first drive review – Top down, allure up

It’s been a painfully long wait for the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. I’m a big fan of the LC 500 coupe, and like many was made that way the first time I laid eyes on its concept-stylings back in 2016. It’s a luxurious grand tourer that, even after several years on sale, still turns heads with its elegant design, futuristic trim, and of course the benefit of Lexus’ flagship LF-A supercar’s aura. Then there’s the naturally-aspirated V8 engine, giving it the raw power of a true muscle car. There’s no replacement for displacement, after all.

Back in 2016 it could’ve easily passed for a concept car; that is, until you get behind the wheel and experience the driving dynamics for yourself. Those who have know that there’s more to the LC 500 than just a pretty face. The lingering question I had was how Lexus’ hardtop styling would – or even could – translate to a drop-top, and what might get lost along the way.

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