Lexus LC convertible is just a concept … but so was the LC coupe
Lexus has taken the wraps off the LC convertible concept just ahead of the Detroit auto show, revealing the drop-top version of the LC coupe that debuted here exactly three years ago. The LC is the larger sibling of the RC and one of two coupes in Lexus' lineup at the moment. It plays the role of the grand tourer in the Japanese luxury brand's lineup and provides some competition to the likes of the BMW 6-Series, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and the Jaguar F-Type, at least on paper. You'll notice that all three of those cars have cabrio variants by now, so a drop-top version of the LC was perhaps overdue.
The LC convertible concept that we'll see in Detroit next week isa concept, at least officially, but you can bet that given the demands of this segment Lexus was not going to leave this much money on the table by only fielding a coupe, especially given the fact that sales of the coupe came up just shy of 2,000 units in 2018.
"Long, low and lean, the LC convertible concept retains the athletic proportions of the LC coupe," Lexus says. "It’s a shape that evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet still manages to stand on its own with a unique identity. It blends uniquely Japanese aesthetics with the promise of sensory satisfaction that only a convertible can provide."
The production LC coupe is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 paired with a 10-speed automatic, good for 471 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Lexus hasn't mentioned what powers the convertible concept, but we have a hard time imagining that something different would be underhood. The company is also mum on just how much the convertible weighs compared to the production coupe, but these things usually gain at least a couple of hundred pounds in the transition due to the various modifications, despite the absence of relatively heavy parts like the rear window glass. In terms of exterior dimensions, the convertible is a couple of inches longer than the coupe. Rear seat accommodations look particularly snug, which is why this won't quite be an S-Class cabriolet competitor, if it goes into production.
"A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways," said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC convertible concept. "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."
Look for a production version (again, if it's coming) sometime later this year before the current model sits on the shelf any longer and becomes stale -- perhaps as soon as the New York auto show in the spring.