For some, there's no other way to drive than with the roof down. They may not be the most practical vehicles, but convertibles definitely have their appeal. Lexus is very much aware of this too. Initially released as a concept in January, Lexus brought the LC Convertible prototype to Goodwood just last week.
Simply dubbed the LC Convertible, it is Lexus' first drop top in almost a decade. The last one they made was the SC 430, which was produced from 2001 to 2010. But unlike the SC 430, the LC Convertible doesn't use the complex (and heavy) metal folding roof mechanism. Staying true to the classic convertible design, it will have a soft top instead.
For now, Lexus is calling it a prototype but adds that the version shown at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed is as close as it gets to the production model. While it's still wrapped in this rather interesting looking 'QR' camo, the lines of the LC Coupe are largely unchanged, sans the roof, that is.
From the nose to the front pillar, it looks largely similar to the LC Coupe. Even the flanks appear the same as the coupe. It's at the back where a lot of changes were made. The whole trunk lid needed to be reshaped in order to accommodate the stowage area of the rood. Also, rear quarters have a more emphasized 'coke bottle' shape which highlights its shoulder lines.
As for the rest of the car, Lexus isn't saying much, but we are expecting it to have the same interior as the LC Coupe. Also, the engine lineup is also likely to be carried over from the hardtop. That means an option of either a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid, or a 5.0-liter V8 belting out 471 PS. If anything, you'll get a better soundtrack if you opt for that engine and stow the roof away.
Given that Lexus Manila has brought in almost every product from their global lineup, the odds of the LC Convertible making it to the country are good. Of course, we'll have to wait for launch of the production version first, which is likely in either late 2019 or early 2020.