Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Lexus LC Convertible concept revealed

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Sherri Watson | 14 January, 2019, 09:25

Lexus will unveil a convertible version of its flagship LC coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month.

Here's a first look. Lexus sees the LC convertible as a halo vehicle for the entire Lexus brand and pricing is likely to reflect that, coming in above the current £76-92,000 range of the coupe.

A six-figure sum is nearly inevitable then, but so too is the 5.0-litre V8 lump if the chief designer's winking comments about a production version being "exhilarating in many different ways" is to be taken at face value. In the company of force-fed rivals you could say the 5.0-litre V8 in the Lexus is old, or you could say it's damn characterful and puts a smile on your face every time the needle screams past 4,000rpm. It's unsurprisingly based on the LC Coupe, but amps up that car's striking design with a drop-top and long rear deck. The design is pretty much what you'd expect from an LC without a roof, meaning it's still painfully pretty.

The dynamic shape evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet stands on its own with a unique identity. It combines Japanese aesthetics with the promise of the kind of driving experience that only a convertible can provide.

Arguably, though, the best place to be around the LC Convertible Concept is outside, looking at it.

On the inside, the concept features a mix of white leather seats and a black dashboard. Done properly, though, this LC could more than compensate.

Mori-san stops one step short of confirming it's on the way, declaring, "A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways".

Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a worldwide reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service.