2021 vs 2020 lexus lc 500 comparison 
The 2021 Lexus LC 500 bests the 2020 Lexus LC 500 with new upgrades

A good-looker from the get-go, the Lexus LC 500 for sale is an elegant way to participate in the relentless pursuit of perfection. Between some model years, there is relatively little to show from one year to the next. In the case of the Lexus LC 500, it has undergone a few changes between the 2020 and 2021 model years. Let's take a look to see what's new.

What's new for 2021?

For starters, like a few of us, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 has decided to hit the gym in an effort to lose some weight. As a result, it has shed nearly 22 pounds of unsprung weight through the use of aluminum lower suspension arms, new hollow suspension stabilizers, revised diameter high-strength coil spring material and new lightweight 21-inch rear wheels.

Once the weight was shed, the engineers turned their attention to improving the LC's suspension and ride quality. The goal was to provide a "smoother, softer stroke," which will better connect the LC 500's drive quality. This work resulted in several crucial differences between this model and the 2020 Lexus LC 500.
Specifically, what's the difference?

In the case of the 2021 LC 500, Lexus has tweaked the front electronic shock absorber system to increase the length of the stroke. Stroke is the range the shock absorber compresses and expands as it follows a road surface's contours. Following this, company engineers then adjusted the rear stabilizers to enhance front turn-in for more linear steering that better connects the driver to the road. 

But they didn't stop there! To improve the LC 500's handling, Lexus reworked the car's Vehicle Stability Control system, which has been enhanced with Active Cornering Assist. Known as torque vectoring on other vehicles, the system helps control cornering by applying a touch of braking to the inside wheels in a turn under spirited driving conditions.


What else do you have?

The direct-shift 10-speed automatic transmission has received a reworking that lands it more in the "sweet spot" where most drivers find themselves during normal drive maneuvers. This new tweak expands the engine revolutions to accentuate the sensation of accelerating out of a tight or twisty turn. 
The propeller-heads inside Lexus have enhanced the gearing for the LC 500h Multi-Stage Hybrid System. Previously, in the 2020 model, downshifts could only drop down to 3rd gear. They have reconfigured it for 2021 to shift all the way to second gear for smoother shifting and quicker acceleration.

Power carries over

Once again, the Lexus LC 500 gets its power from a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Lexus claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and up to 25 mpg fuel economy rating on the highway.

The LC 500h is the multi-stage hybrid-electric version of this luxury sports car. It mates the Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter gasoline-powered V6 engine with a pair of electric motor/generators. The combined 354 horsepower is sent to the LC 500h's continually variable transmission with a unique four-speed automatic transmission. The system matches the gearset to coordinate four-stages across the entire speed range.

With this multi-stage hybrid system, power from the 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain combines with the four-speed gearbox to enhance the engine/power generator combo output. Between the compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery, vehicle balance is optimized even while configured to produce 310.8 volts of energy.


Has the Lexus LC 500 changed inside?

The Lexus LC features all the equipment and touches that make a Lexus a Lexus. No cheapness here, it is a fantastically-featured interior with elegant leather touches, and throne-like seats, tons of brushed aluminum and more. There is a 10.3-inch infotainment display screen, which is controlled by a touchpad-like device that reminds us of the scroll-like functions found on many laptops. It also reminds us of the frustrations of using a laptop without a mouse, but we digress. 

New for 2021 is the Lexus LC 500 Convertible. So cool, it goes from locked in place to stowed in the trunk in 15 seconds, at speeds up to 31 mph. An added feature is the new wind management buffers that make this cabin quieter than those found in other convertibles. 

Whichever way you choose, you can't go wrong. Whether it's the coupe or the new Lexus LC 500 Convertible, both are works of art. Stop by Lexus of Milwaukee to see the new Lexus LC 500 today.

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