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2021 Lexus LC500 Adds a Carbon-Fiber-Rich Inspiration Series Trim

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 1/12/2021 Colin Beresford
a car parked on the side of a mountain: The flagship Lexus's Inspiration Series looks good, adds performance-enhancing features, and will be limited to just 100 examples. © Lexus The flagship Lexus's Inspiration Series looks good, adds performance-enhancing features, and will be limited to just 100 examples.
  • Lexus has released a limited-edition 2021 LC500 called the Inspiration Series, which will be limited to just 100 examples.
  • The 2021 LC500 Inspiration Series comes with a carbon-fiber roof and rear spoiler, along with a limited-slip rear differential and suspension tweaks.
  • The 2021 LC500 Inspiration Series will arrive at dealers later this winter.

For 2021, the Lexus LC500 is getting the addition of a limited-edition variant: The Inspiration Series. There will be just 100 examples made of the Lexus LC500 Inspiration Series, an edition which adds carbon-fiber accents throughout the vehicle along with other accessories to boost performance and make the LC500 even more eye-catching.

The LC 500 Inspiration Series comes in one paint color, Obsidian, as shown here and will also come with 21-inch black forged aluminum-alloy wheels. The roof is carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and is complemented by the carbon-fiber rear spoiler. Lexus says the rear spoiler and the Inspiration Series more generally were inspired by the partnership between air-race pilot Yoshihide Muroya, whose plane Lexus helped design. Inside, black Alcantara-trimmed seats on the interior are paired with Saddle Tan accents and seatbelts.

a car on the side of a road: 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series Limited Edition © Lexus 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series Limited Edition

The LC500 Inspiration Series is powered by the same 5.0-liter V-8 with 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque seen in the standard coupe. It does gain, however, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential to optimize traction and a few suspension tweaks that are also offered with the Sport package on the standard LC500.

a close up of a car: 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series Limited Edition © Lexus 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series Limited Edition

The LC 500 Inspiration Series comes with a head-up display as well as the Lexus SmartAccess Card Key which allows drivers to leave the card in their pocket while locking and unlocking their vehicle.

The 2021 LC 500 Inspiration Series will arrive at dealers later this winter.


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