Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Lexus LC convertible concept to make world debut in Detroit

Lexus LC convertible concept to make world debut in Detroit

Described as "an aspirational halo vehicle for the luxury lifestyle brand's entire vehicle line-up", the LC Convertible concept looks pretty much production-ready - blending the lovely proportions of the LC coupe with roofless elegance. There's a full LC interior and even law-abiding bumper reflectors.

Come for the Supra, stay for the LC Convertible.

A folding hard top or a canvas roof?

"It's just an open top concept at this point, so there's no roof yet", Lexus spokesperson Ed Hellwig told

At 4770mm long, 1920mm wide and 1340mm tall with a 2870mm wheelbase, the Convertible is identical in size to the Coupe in all directions bar height (-5mm). The Lexus LC 500 sticks with the services of the company's 5.0-litre V8 with a Yamaha designed head, titanium valves, some hot camshafts, and an obsession with the rev limiter. Unlike some coupes-turned-cabriolets, it doesn't look awkward or ill-balanced. "It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible".

The cabin of the LC Convertible concept has been updated with tailored seats featuring leather upholstery and yellow stitching. The heavily cowled dashboard accommodates a broad infotainment display, while a control dial on the upper instrumentation clicks through the different drive modes.

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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.

Of course, what Lexus isn't talking about is actually putting this particular convertible into production, though it's not afraid to drop some heavy hints.

However, most Lexus concepts evolve into road cars and the Detroit concept includes no elements that would be considered impractical on a production model.

What you see here is officially a concept Lexus has cooked up for the Detroit Auto Show, where the production version of the coupe made its debut three years ago.

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