Lexus’ annual Inspiration Series LC 500 has become something of a winter tradition over the past few years. But, while the first three Series entries wore bright colors—Structural Blue, Nori Green, and Flare Yellow—the 2021 car is completed in a midnight shade that doesn’t offer much in the way of reflected light despite its glossy finish.
The paint color this year is called Obsidian, and it is accented with black aluminum wheels and, inside, black Alcantara. The only flash of color appears to be the brown accents used in the cabin.
It’s not surprising that there’s a fair amount of carbon fiber in this limited-edition variation on the LC 500 theme, with the roof a blend of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. This newest Inspiration LC 500 also boasts a rear wing made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, an additional element of drama that’s a first for the series, and designed with inspiration from air racing as homage to pilot Yoshihilde Muroya, whose aircraft Lexus helped to develop.
Performance-oriented changes to the limited-edition 2021 LC 500 include a Torsen torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential for acceleration control under various conditions. As standard features on the Obsidian-black LC 500, Lexus is including the suspension-stiffening Yamaha rear performance rod, the SmartAccess Card Key, and the color head-up display that are usually option-only on LC models.
Lexus will make 100 examples of the Inspiration Series LC 500 for 2021. In keeping with the Series, examples will begin arriving at select dealerships by early spring.