After launching the convertible version of the LC at the end of last year, Lexus is once again turning to its coupe which, for the new model year, benefits from several updates.
In addition to new color choices, the 2021 versions of the LC 500 and LC 500h benefit from a revised suspension and a reworked transmission, all to offer better performance.
By the way, the coupe also loses a few pounds. This weight loss, estimated at 22 lbs, is due to lower aluminum suspension arms, stabilizers, new material in heavy-duty coil springs, and lighter 21-inch rear wheels.
The reduction in weight translates into obvious benefits in terms of acceleration and handling.
To make it even better, Lexus adjusted the electronic controls for the front suspension shock to increase the length of the stroke, then optimized the stops for smoother ride.
To improve the front end capability when initiating a turn, engineers increased the stiffness of the rear stabilizers and added active cornering assistance. The latter uses the brakes to slow the wheels during difficult turns to reduce understeer.
As for the transmissions updates, they should make the driving of the coupe models even more incisive. With the LC 500’s 10-speed automatic transmission, Lexus has revised the shift settings for better efficiency when the accelerator is depressed in a proportion of 50 to 70%.
The unique configuration of a four-speed automatic and continuously variable transmission of the hybrid variant has also been updated and will now shift into second gear during dynamic driving to improve acceleration in tight corners. Previously, it was only programmed to downshift to third gear in this situation.
The mechanical options remain the same. The LC 500 2021’s naturally aspirated 5-liter V8 engine will deliver 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to propel the coupe to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Similarly, the 500h hybrid version still delivers 354 horsepower, thanks to its 3.5-liter V6. It takes a little longer to reach 60 mph, or 5 seconds.
Other changes, notably with the interior and exterior colors, as well as the height of the wheels, should be noted. Also, the Android Auto app, which arrived late in the Toyota family, is now standard with all versions of the LC.