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2021 Lexus LC Convertible pricing and specs detailed: Coupe gets soft-top sibling to really take it to BMW 8 Series

The LC Convertible is now officially on sale in Australia.

Lexus Australia has confirmed pricing for the LC Convertible, the soft-top sibling to its flagship coupe.

The LC Convertible is available in two variants at launch, with the full-time LC500 priced from $214,000 plus on-road costs, while the LC500 Special Edition commands a $20,000 premium and is limited to fewer than 10 examples.

Both variants are powered by a 351kW/540Nm 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, which sends drive to the rear wheels via a 10-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, which was retuned as part of the $194,747 LC500 Coupe’s recent update.

Of note, a LC500h variant with a ‘self-charging’ hybrid V6 powertrain isn’t part of the BMW 8 Series rival’s range, at least initially.

The LC500 is available with 10 paintwork options: Carnelian, Khaki Metal, Titanium, Deep Blue, Zinnia Yellow, Infrared, Graphite Black, Sonic Silver, White Nova and Slate Grey.

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Four fabric roof and semi-aniline leather-accented upholstery combinations are also available: black with black, black with Flare Red, beige with Ochre Brown, and black with Ochre Brown.

Conversely, the LC500 Special Edition is finished in Structural Blue paintwork, while its blue fabric roof is teamed with white-and-blue semi-aniline leather-accented upholstery. It also has unique scuff plates.

Compared to the LC Coupe, front and rear headroom are down 11mm and 4mm respectively in the LC Convertible, while cargo capacity is down 48L, to 149L, all due to its four-layer, three-panel fabric roof, which can be lowered in 15 seconds at up to 50km/h.

The LC Convertible’s front seat heating is more comprehensive than that of the LC Coupe, while it’s also fitted with adjustable neck heaters and a transparent polycarbonate wind deflector positioned between the rear pews.

Deep seat cushioning has also been extended in the 2+2 LC Convertible, which also has Lexus logos embossed into the back of its front headrests.

As reported, underbody braces, a shear panel and a rear suspension tower brace increase body rigidity, with weight distribution shifting slightly towards the rear (48/52).

Shared with the recently updated LC Coupe, a Yamaha-developed rear performance damper improves ride comfort, while Active Cornering Assist optimises handling.

Other standard equipment in the LC Convertible includes a mechanical limited-slip differential, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and two-tone 21-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, a 10.3-inch multimedia system, satellite navigation with live traffic, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a 918W Mark Levinson sound system with 13 speakers, an 8.0-inch multifunction display, a head-up display, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and cooling, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable steering column, sports pedals and stainless-steel scuff plates feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep and steering assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.

2021 Lexus LC Convertible pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
LC500automatic$214,000
LC500 Limited Editionautomatic$234,000