Here's what's new.
The first 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible was already sold at auction for charity, bringing in $2 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Bob Woodruff Foundation charities. But now Lexus has announced the 2021 model year updates for the LC 500 coupe and the LC 500h hybrid. There is still no word on pricing for the convertible but the 2021 LC 500 coupe pricing remains the same as last year at $92,950 or $97,510 for the hybrid.
Although the cars don't look drastically different on the outside, there are a number of changes under the skin and inside the cabin. We are happy to report than the LC 500's wonderful 5.0-liter V8 producing 471 horsepower remains completely unchanged while the hybrid model uses a 3.5-liter V6 producing 354 horsepower.
While the engines remain intact, Lexus has reduced unsprung weight by around 22 pounds, which should make the LC more nimble through the corners. Lexus has also adjusted the electronic absorber controls adjusted, optimized the bound stopper rigidity, and increased the rear stabilizer rigidity to provide smoother, softer suspension stroke and improve turn-in. Active Cornering Assist has been added a new feature and both cars receive transmission logic changes for improved shift times and enhanced response in the 50 to 70-percent throttle range.
The only exterior changes include two new colors - Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl - and a new set of 20-inch forged alloy wheels with a Dark Graphite finish. Inside the cabin, Flare Red replaces Rioja Red and the Bespoke White leather has been discontinued.
New for 2021, the LC's 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display finally offers support for Android Auto in addition to Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay, which were added last year. Blind-spot monitoring has also been made standard for 2021. Lexus hasn't announced when the 2021 LC 500 and LC 500h will arrive at dealerships but we would estimate later this year.