In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Love of beauty is taste, the creation of beauty is art,” and the people at Japanese luxury automakers Lexus are most definitely artists. Instead of being satisfied with just having good taste, they have managed to create a work of art with their newest Lexus LC500 Convertible.
This stunning new automobile is gracing Malaysia’s tarmac this November with the elegance of a catwalk model stepping onto a catwalk for a show in Milan. Convertibles are the kind of cars that make heads turn even today, and conjure images of windswept hair and picturesque highways. They scream freedom, confidence, grace and above all, bombshell beauty.
“Armed with dynamic performance and handling as well as a sexy silhouette, the new model not only elevates the sensorial experience for the driver but also allows them to feel more closely connected to the car, the road and their surroundings,” explains Deputy Chairman of Lexus Malaysia, Mr Akio Takeyama.
The beauty of this new convertible is not just skin deep. It’s from the shiny gloss of its shell to the luxurious soft top and its highly-refined interior, not to mention the superb safety system outfitted with all the technology to keep you snug as a bug in a rug.
Marrying the driving qualities of a coupe with the alfresco freedom of a convertible, the LC500 gives drivers the best of both worlds. The trick to this smooth relationship is the employment of structural bracing, reinforcement of welding points and the use of body adhesive joints to create the highly rigid body required to create excellent handling stability.
Supporting the car is the Adaptive Variable Suspension that provides 650 different levels of damping force. This convertible promises its rider a smooth glide and excellent control, especially when you decide to test the breath-taking performance of the 5.0-litre V8 engine that’s tucked neatly under the hood.
Literally stealing your breath away, the LC500 can go from 0 to 100kmh in just 4.9 seconds thanks to the combination of its stunning engine and a seamless Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission that together produces 470 horses along with 540Nm of torque on tap.
With all these internal features, one would expect to see a downside, except that this knockout convertible returns a fuel efficiency of 12.7 L / 100 km (combined) thanks to its cutting-edge design combined with the transmission’s Artificial Intelligence Shift Control.
On the Outside
But what really matters with this car is the exterior. All the blood, sweat and tears of Lexus’ engineers have been put into the sleek beauty that encapsulates this bewitching vehicle.
While staying faithful to the core design of the LF-LC concept car that inspired it, the LC500 also has an added soft-top design that lengthens and accentuates the smooth lines of the coupe. It’s easily the most stunning feature of the car, allowing it to slip from wind sweeping to snug warmth, but cuts a magnificent silhouette either way.
While the soft-top and sharp front design create sleek smooth lines that scream sophistication, the 21-inch forged wheels give the car a hint of robust muscularity. Adding to the dynamic look are the rear full LED combination lamps that boast an infinity mirror design that gives the illusion of depth.
Just because great effort was put into making the exterior of this car shine doesn’t mean that any less attention was paid to the interior, which like the outside is highly-refined in its own way. Style meets tech in this 2+2 cabin, with eight-way power-adjustable semi-aniline leather sports seats that have heating and ventilation, ensuring a comfortable journey for all aboard.
To top it all off, that easy-to-grip, perfect-fit Takumi designed gear shift will feel like a dream in your hand when you’re cruising along sloping roads.
Choose from a veritable rainbow of colours that range from a cool Deep Blue Mica to a brilliant Blazing Carnelian Contrast, to suit the look you’re going for. A hot red bombshell or a sleek sophisticated billionaire car would be the kind that Bruce Wayne would be jealous of if he were real.
Customise even the soft-top, that comes in black and beige as well as the interior, which comes in three wonderful colours; Flare Red, Black and Orcher.
Get snazzy and grab the LC500 Convertible RM1, 350,000 with sales and service tax without insurance. Enjoy a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty on your new Lexus and car service by trained Lexus professionals at authorised Lexus Centres. This service is free for the duration of the warranty or for the car’s first 100,000km.
Wind in your hair is just what is needed after being cooped up at home and taking your new LC500 Convertible for a spin will do just the trick.