Lexus LC Convertible to make Detroit debut

Judy Cobb
January 14, 2019

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.

The creators of the LC Convertible describe the auto as an aspirational, halo vehicle for the entire Lexus brand. "It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible".

Lexus isn't hiding its intention to put something like this convertible into production.

The LC Convertible Concept is a smidge longer, but slightly lower than the LC coupe.

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Great! When can I buy a Lexus LC Convertible? The grin factor from that sweet-sounding V-8 should only increase with the removal of the top, something the LC convertible's chief designer, Tadao Mori, also noted. It combines Japanese aesthetics with the promise of the kind of driving experience that only a convertible can provide. The Lexus LC 500 sticks with the services of the company's 5.0-litre V8 with a Yamaha designed head, titanium valves, some hot camshafts, and an obsession with the rev limiter.

Unique 22-inch alloy wheels fill the arches, and the chopped roofline makes way for a rear deck that gives the LC Convertible classic roadster proportions. Crisp white leather trim abounds while yellow accent stitching adds a pop of color without distracting from the subtle elegance of the overall design. Done properly, though, this LC could more than compensate.

Toyota hasn't revealed which of the two available LC powertrains lie under the hood of this vehicle, or if both (or something totally different) will be available on the production version. The grille, dynamic light treatments, and sculptured lines create a distinctive look of luxury for Lexus.

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