Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal
Test driving the 2022 LC 500 Convertible
Lexus is a luxury brand and when we see any Lexus car model we expect great design, quality, and good performance, but when you drive the Lexus LC 500, all levels go up to the sky, luxury on the LC 500 is everywhere, anybody will be in love with its silhouette and design.
Pushing the accelerator on board the LC 500 can make you feel like when you start a ride on a fast rollercoaster, it goes to fast speeds in just a couple of seconds with 0 to 60 miles in 4.4 seconds. The aerodynamic shape makes the LC 500 looks like an airplane on wheels and its powerful 471 HP engine can make you feel like flying.
This Lexus flagship sports coupe keeps getting better, it was introduced to the market only a few years ago with the 2018 LC 500, and today five years later the 2022 LC 500 shows better balance and a harmonious blend of emotional design and impressive driving performance.
The ticket price for the 2022 LC 500 is an MSRP starting at $102,350
Some of the highlights of the fantastic 2022 LC 500 Convertible:
- Beautiful convertible coupe-like design with the same sleek silhouette as the LC 500 coupe
- 471-horsepower 5.0-Liter V8 Engine
- 10-speed automatic transmission
- Carbon Fiber Components
- Driver-Inspired Cockpit
- Flush Exterior Door Handles
- 5.0-liter V8 engine
- Original designed lightweight soft-top
- Aluminum pedals
The Lexus LC 500 was the first Lexus car to use a new premium platform with rear-wheel drive, which improves dynamic capabilities and performance, this car has been designed for speed and performance.
This 4 seats 2-door sports car is available in 3 main powertrains, as a coupe, coupe hybrid, and convertible.
New for 2022
Lexus keeps working on enhancements to the dynamic handling characteristics to produce better performance and optimized driving experience onboard this top-of-luxury vehicle.
The suspension has been optimized to enhance ground contact feel, linear steering response, and optimized steering effectiveness in the corners producing a great ride.
LC 500 Bespoke Build allows Lexus buyers to create a unique Lexus
For those who love to be original, the first-ever LC 500 Bespoke Build allows Lexus buyers to customize and configure their unique Lexus with a mix of performance and styling components. The LC Bespoke Build is based on the Sport Package.
“Our LC buyers are true car enthusiasts, and they know exactly what they want,” said Vinay Shahani, Lexus vice president of marketing. “They are also connected and tech savvy. We are thrilled to offer a new online tool that allows them to craft their unique Bespoke Build.”
LC 500 means High Performance
The fast and powerful engine a Variable Active Exhaust 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated, V8 is a full-throated engine that can make you addicted to driving and enjoy the pleasure of riding on this luxury convertible.
The LC 500 has an output of 471 hp. and 398 lb.-ft. of peak torque. It is also capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway.
The powerful 5.0-liter is paired with a fantastic 10-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission that can be controlled via magnesium paddle shifters. The updated 10-speed is a refinement in performance, allowing you to control every speed shift when riding this fast machine.
I am test driving the convertible gasoline LC 500 but the LC 500 hybrid is also a great model with impressive and efficient hybrid power, using an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine utilizes D-4S direct fuel injection for optimum efficiency while the lightweight Valvetrain with Dual VVT-i ensures ample torque across the engine speed range. The combined system output of the LC 500h is 354 horsepower with a unique four-speed automatic transmission.
On the outside, the new Lexus LS 500 is similar to the concept prototype of LF-LC. Lexus designers have used the same lighting decoration, roof lines, and side air intakes from the original model without major changes.
The LC is the result of years of work, testing, and research between engineers and designers producing excellent stability and controllability at any speed. In motion, the new Lexus LC 500 runs very fast in the new powerful 471 horsepower at 7100 rpm, connected to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which Lexus developed independently.
When you drive an LC 500 you can enjoy high level of luxury and performance together.
The new Lexus LC 500 coupe is one of the most beautiful two-door sports cars you can find. Such a bold, original and truly provocative exterior design makes you fall in love at first sight. The coupe look is amazing from any view angle.
The new Lexus LC 500 interior has become more rigid and durable, composites and carbon fiber are used in the composition, and the modern active safety system is included in the standard package.
First Lexus LC debuted in 20017
The acclaimed LC 500 world debut took place at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2017 presenting the 2018 LC model.
The futuristic and attractive prototype of the LC 500 was introduced in 2012, as the concept LF-LC.
The LC was designed with an expressive interpretation of Lexus philosophy, known as L-finesse, with extremely elegant and fine details that
The car is built on the completely new Lexus rear-wheel drive platform GA-L (global architecture for luxury vehicles), Lexus LC 500.
The LC is designed in such a way that most of the mass is located as close to the center and as low as possible to produce fast speed and great performance. The LC 500 has a perfect body with adjusted proportions and aerodynamic shape, complemented by elegant lines of bends that will impress everyone.