Lexus LC Convertible concept revealed

Ruben Fields
January 14, 2019

The concept appears to be close to production form, suggesting Lexus may be feeling out public reaction before giving the vehicle a final green-light.

We'll be seeing the convertible LC in concept form next week at the Detroit Auto Show, but there aren't any definite plans to bring it to production just yet.

It's been three years since the LC coupe launched, but even today it's still a surprising sight on the road. That said, Lexus brass seems to think the Lexus LC Convertible would be a good idea.

With rumours circling for almost a year, Lexus finally chops the top off of its LC grand tourer to create the new LC Convertible Concept debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is exactly the same size as the coupe, with the same 2+2 seating layout. Gone is the hard roof, replaced by a convertible top that retracts behind the rear seats. Its short overhangs, 22-inch wheels and wide stance are all reminders of this car's performance potential.

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Lexus is offering some strong hints the convertible could be geared for production. Crisp white leather trim abounds while yellow accent stitching adds a pop of color without distracting from the subtle elegance of the overall design.

While there are no details on the powertrain for the convertible, that very absence implies the assumption that the droptop will share the naturally aspirated V-8 of the LC500 and the combination V-6/electric-motor hybrid system of the LC500h. If we were told Lexus designed the convertible before the coupe, we'd believe them.

"It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel", he said, describing the stunning open-air roadster as an expression of ultimate beauty.

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