The Lexus LC 500 is, without a shadow of a doubt, one gorgeous grand tourer. But there was one thing missing: a version where you can retract the roof and enjoy the purity of open top driving.
That is about to change, judging by this new concept from Lexus.
Lexus has just revealed the Lexus LC Convertible Concept, a drop top version of the LC Coupe. Lexus says its a testament of the company's “creative ambition” and is the latest expression of their brand's evolution.
“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
Lexus may call this version of the LC a concept car, but it takes the beauty of the LC Coupe production model with the option to retract the roof and tuck it into the elevated decklid. With the roof down, the luxurious interior of the LC is revealed, showing the white leather interior with yellow accent stitching.
Lexus has not had a convertible since the second generation IS 300 C concluded production in 2015. Prior to that, the convertible of the Lexus line up was the SC 430, the predecessor of the LC. The production of the SC 430 (which was a retractable hardtop) concluded in 2010.
Surprisingly, Lexus hasn't announced what engine the LC Convertible Concept has under the hood, though we expect it to be offered with the same 471 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 as the LC 500 Coupe.
“A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” continued the chief designer of the LC Convertible Concept.
Lexus also hasn't demonstrated the LC Convertible Concept retracting its roof, neither have they shown whether it is a hardtop or a soft top. Perhaps the company is saving that for the physical debut of the model at the North American International Auto Show, otherwise known as the Detroit motor show.