If this 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series were a gambler, he would say always bet on black. That’s because Lexus has been doubled down on black for this limited edition LC 500. Aside from a bit of interior and exterior, black is pretty much the order of the day for this new offering, and yes, only color is offered. However, it is not just an LC with an abundance of black paint. Most, anyway.
Carbon fiber generally looks black, and you can find some of it here. In particular, the roof gets the special treatment, along with a fairly large wing on the deck. Actually, it calls one wing is quite appropriate in this case, as Lexus says it was designed after studies involving aircraft from the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. In addition to following the curvature of the rear of the LC 500, dents in the corners are designed to “create a vertical cortex that helps smooth out the turbulence generated by the airflow along the car̵
Whether it actually helps the Inspiration series with grip or aerodynamics is unclear. Lexus does not elaborate further, except to say that the wing is carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and it fits well with the black 21-inch forged wheels. The inspiration series moves in and gets Alcantara-trimmed sports seats and more carbon fiber for the door sanding boards. It is not one complete dark cabin, as there are tanned details on the seats and doors. The belts are also brown, and a mark on the center console shows the specific production number of a 100-unit production run. Yes, only 100 of these Batman-approved tours will be built.
Under the dark skin, you will find the LC 500 power from the standard version of a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that provides 471 horsepower (346 kilowatts). Power is sent backwards to a Torsen limiting differential, included as standard equipment for the LC 500 Inspiration Series. The Yamaha-produced rear performance bar with damper is also standard, as is a head-up display for the driver, the Lexus SmarAccess Card Key, and a 915-watt sound system in case the high-swinging V8 exhaust note becomes dull.
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Lexus does not offer pricing information for the LC 500 Inspiration Series, but the car will be available at dealers later this winter.