Lexus has announced the 2021 model year updates for the LC 500 coupe and the LC 500h hybrid. The luxury automaker has made a number of minor changes to the suspension, infotainment and color schemes.
The weight reduction on the 2021 LC totals close to 22 pounds, all of it unsprung mass which means the car should handle better. This was achieved by using aluminum lower suspension arms, hollow anti-roll bars, lighter coil springs, and lighter 21-inch wheels at the rear. And to further reduce weight, Lexus continues to offer the option of a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof.
The suspension changes aren’t limited to weight. Engineers tweaked the system to create a smoother ride with sharper turn-in, accomplished by increasing rear stabilizer rigidity while adjusting electronic absorber controls. On the tech side, Active Cornering Assist is now offered, which can tug the brakes on inner wheels during a corner to help rotate the car.
Last but not least, the LC 500’s 10-speed automatic transmission has been equipped with a new shift logic that allows for higher revs before changing gears. Lexus says they focused on the so-called “active zone” which is “where most drivers find themselves at in the 50-70% throttle range.”
No changes were made to the powertrains. The LC 500 has a 471-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 that is mated to a 10-speed automatic. The LC 500h has a 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor combo good for 354 hp, as well as an E-CVT and 4-speed automatic that together simulates the feel of the transmission in the LC 500. The LC 500 is the quicker of the two, delivering 0-60 mph acceleration in about 4.4 seconds.
Two new exterior colors called Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl join the palette as well. Inside, Flare Red leather replaces Rioja Red. Bad news if you were a fan of the Bespoke White leather, however – it’s now gone. As a consolation gift, Lexus updates the LC’s multimedia system with Android Auto.
Pricing and availability for the 2021 Lexus LC has not yet been announced.