I’m just going to lay it out plain as day. The Lexus LC500 Convertible is my favorite car for sale right now. It is a car in a segment of its own, with a design language of its own, and rocking a powertrain everyone else gave up as old fashion. It’s amazing.
Yes, I love my Lexus. I own three with one of those having the same basic engine as the LC500, but the LC500 just does what it does *differently*. The LC500 wins by not trying to compete. The LC500 wins by existing.
Lexus dropped off the LC500 Convertible on Thursday. I was late to get my first dose of the COVID vaccine and a bit stressed about missing my appointment, but I knew the LC was coming, which only made it worse. The LC500 was already one of my favorite vehicles. After testing a coupe version in 2019, I was already a sucker for it. The Convertible was the next logical step for Lexus, and exactly what I hoped would happen.
I took the LC home and made a couple of TikTok videos for my Daily Motorists account. Those videos took forever to make as every time I would start, another neighbor would stop their car or walk over and ask questions. The presence is undeniable.
The next day I got done with work and drove the 300 miles to Asheville, NC from Nashville. The trunk is very small and shallow but still big enough to handle my duffel bag and my pillow. The car ate miles up as only a Grand Touring car can. The only frustration was not always flying at 90 mph the 471hp 5.0L V8 was most comfortable cruising at. For the most part, the menacingly bright yellow car helped people notice me for sure. They were quite eager to move over and never once did I get cut off. Somehow, the one person not to notice me was law enforcement. I made it to Asheville, took a couple of buddies around the block to show off the trumpet-like sound of the exhaust, and parked it.
Even parked, the LC500 looks like it’s flying. I caught myself more than a few times giving it the double-take as we were hanging at the cabin. There’s a lot of details that you may miss unless you spend some real-time examining the car. The mirrored taillights, the carbon fiber on the end of the doors, and the extreme level of craftsmanship on every single item you touch all show why the LC cost, and is definitely worth the $100k.
Before I left, the driveway of the cabin proved a beautiful place for David(https://www.cutwithdavid.com/) to get some amazing shots of the LC. After David managed to even make me look cool, I jumped in the LC and headed home. Rather than heading back straight via I-40, I took a slight detour through the Great Smoky National Park, via Us-128, also known as the Tail of the Dragon. On that drive, I felt peace. I was in an amazing Grand Touring car, flying through “Gods Country” with people giving me thumbs up and enjoying the beautiful rolling hills. It was truly one of those moments I sat back and realized all the hard work over the years of writing made moments like this possible. Rolling up to Deals Gap, that was only amplified.
The LC500 is a very heavy car, 4,540lbs in the soft-top variant, but on some of the windiest roads in the country, the LC500 transformed into a road carving monster. While I would classify myself as an above-average driver, I still had less than no problem chasing down cars that would be thought to be much faster. Mustangs, Camaros, and your “general sports car” all seemed to fall victim to the LC500 requiring them to pull over and let me pass in the couple hours I enjoyed the amazing roads East Tennessee/North Carolina had to offer. The weight rarely showed and the understeer I thought would make itself present was nowhere to be found. Turn-in was sharp, and a slight depression of the right peddle around the apex would squat the rear end down and launch you out of the corner with good speed. The LC500 loved this back road, rough treatment, and I loved driving it.
The rest of the drive home was uneventful. I spent the rest of my time driving the LC500 as you do; top-down and making as much noise as possible. Even though I knew I already liked the LC500, I fell in love with it again. It’s an amazing car and if you have the funds, it’s a car you should consider buying. It’s not a supercar, but it is incredible in its way and it’s a vehicle that should get the respect it deserves.