New drop-top variant of LC coupé will be even "sharper and more refined" than its sibling, its chief engineer tells Autocar at Goodwood

The production version of the Lexus LC Convertible has made its debut going up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, following the concept's unveiling at the Detroit motor show in January. It is due to go on sale in 2020.

Lexus executive vice president Koji Sato told Autocar that the marque wanted the LC C to be “even sharper and more refined,” than its coupé sibling. He added: “There is a family feel between the coupé and convertible, but they are not exactly the same. The character of the suspension and chassis are different, and we’ve also had to think what tuning is necessary to match the body rigidity of a convertible.”

The production version of the LC Convertible is likely to be offered in both the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 in the LC500, and the 3.5-litre V6 in the LC500h hybrid variant, which, coupled to a pair of electric motors, produces 354bhp. However, specifications are not yet confirmed.

Sato-san remained coy on the topic, but said: “I love to hear a V8. That sound is why we chose V8 for coupe.”

With a contoured rear deck designed to store a retractable roof, the convertible retains the same dimensions as the LC coupé. It has a near-identical interior featuring the same 2+2 layout setting it up as a rival for high-end convertibles such as the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and BMW 8 Series Convertible.

It will also weigh more than the 1935kg coupé, meaning a slight drop in top speed and acceleration times. 

Autocar understands that a production LC Convertible has been prioritised over a range-topping F variant of the LC in Lexus’s product plan due to its higher potential for global sales.

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As a result, the LC Convertible is being positioned as a halo model for Lexus, with the company hinting that its design will serve as the inspiration for future models. 

Talking at the concept’s reveal in January, David Christ, Lexus Group vice president, said the LC coupé is "one of the most sought-after vehicles we’ve produced. From the moment we finished it we’ve been thinking of what comes next". He continued: "This concept signals the future direction of our brand."

More details on the model will be revealed in due course.

 

 

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11 January 2019

Very nice, Lexus, very nice.

typos1 - Just can't invert the ionic phase in the thrust margin of the containment field.

11 January 2019

Even more beautiful and dramatic than the coupe.

11 January 2019

Apart from the silly show car wheels that is wonderful. Cant see it being much under £100k, but worth it from looks alone.

11 January 2019

Not sure about the grill but it's a good looking convertible, in an ever shinking market.  Just a shame it's going to be £60k+

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

11 January 2019

The rear looks so much better now that they have removed the chrome from the rear light cluster.  Funny how small details can improve the way something looks

11 January 2019

No, I still don't think the Toyota's style vocabulary suits sports cars.

The abrupt verticals work against the notion of forward motion too abruptly, and interupts the idea of flow, but unlike an F1 car from which I suspect some of the design cues derive, it doesn't suggest power to me so much as hesitance.

Overall, still too much of the Transformers look for my taste.

 

11 January 2019

Well, given the volume of traffic, cameras and speed-limited roads, this thing has its place. If you're going to extravagantly flaunt your mechanical illiteracy and avoid any pretensions of 'schporty' driving, you might as well look good, sound good and get there reliably. Bravo Lexus.

BertoniBertone

11 January 2019

Very striking indeed.some beautiful angles in the front styling, the interior looks great,with Lexus peerless build quality & reliability,what's not to like????

11 January 2019

That is utterly fantastic, I want one.

Rear seats are totally redundant though, I'd rather they were removed to lighten the car a bit.

12 January 2019
stinhambo wrote:

That is utterly fantastic, I want one.

Rear seats are totally redundant though, I'd rather they were removed to lighten the car a bit.

Agree those rear seats are pointless, but what a stunning looking car. The tail lights are similar to those on the new prius but look far better executed, they are an integral part of the cars design where as the similar lights on the prius look like an after thought.

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