READERS SOMETIMES ask what determines when vehicles get reviewed. Ideally, a evaluate follows a car’s to-market date as rapidly as potential, like a theater evaluate. I prefer to think about automotive makers’ ready for the early notices at Sardi’s.
Nonetheless, the timing of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible ($111,325, as examined) makes me wince. Primarily based on the LC 500 Coupe and sharing its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, the Convertible arrives at U.S. dealerships this month within the midst of an financial disaster. Gross sales of the Coupe fell 50% in Q2, to simply 173 models. The convertible model—this Cirque du Soleil of upholstery, this Folies Bergère of exhaust notes, this Rue Pigalle of non-public modesty—is opening to an empty home.
These vehicles—yacht, cabin-cruiser and launch, when you like—are Lexus’s aspirational and imagistic flagships.
Quel dommage. The Convertible is a compelling automotive, destined to be a prized collectible, I feel, a half-century therefore. Possibly you would lease a storage?
Our story begins 9 years in the past this month, on the Pebble Seaside Concours D’Magnificence, when Toyota president Akio Toyoda realized that Individuals thought the Lexus model was boring. I promise it wasn’t me. Thus triggered, Toyoda-San directed his staff to derive a complete new set of styling equations for Lexus. 5 months later, on the 2012 Detroit present, they confirmed the LC-FC idea. This was the primary of the “no-more-boring” vehicles and an early sighting of the notorious spindle grille/face tattoo.