Lexus LC Convertible REVEALED ahead of Detroit debut

Lexus LC Convertible concept

Chief Designer Tadao Mori said that the concept has unmistakable design of LC Coupe but has been reimagined as future convertible.

Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, scheduled to make its first public appearance next week in Detroit.

Technical specifications have yet to be released, but we'd expect a production version to soldier on with the same two engine options as the coupé.

Lexus has neglected to mention what powers the open-top LC show vehicle, though we'd expect the sonorous 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 is under the bonnet given the badges aren't shrouded in blue.

Until your eye reaches the roof, the LC Convertible Concept is identical to the existing coupe.

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Every line of the LC Convertible Concept was drawn to evoke an emotional response - from the rake of the windscreen to the smooth contours of the boot lid that houses the convertible top. Based on our time in its coupe sibling, we'd prefer not to be assigned to those back seats. Another obvious difference is the 22-inch wheels instead of 20-inch serial "dvuhdverki". It's shown in the above image to be a fabric roof, setting it apart from Lexus' last convertible supercar - the much-maligned SC 430 - which had a hard-top arrangement. "It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible".

While there are no details on the powertrain for the convertible, that very absence implies the assumption that the droptop will share the naturally aspirated V-8 of the LC500 and the combination V-6/electric-motor hybrid system of the LC500h.

Whoa! Should they put this into production?

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".

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