Lexus LC Convertible prototype revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Lexus has surprised nobody by confirming a convertible version of the Lexus LC
Lexus has confirmed it will produce a convertible version of the LC Coupe, debuting a prototype version of the svelte Japanese GT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The design of the open-top model will remain similar to the production coupe, with eye-catching futuristic design cues alongside an exotic, muscular stance. The roof will be a fabric unit, completely electrified of course, and slip underneath a new tonneau that contributes to the new rear-end design.
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The LC's Chief Designer, Tadao Mori said “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.” The concept features 22-inch wheels, a white leather interior and identical dimensions to the coupe currently in production.
When it goes on sale, the LC Convertible is likely to use similar powerplants to those already in the coupe. That means a near-500bhp 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 in the LC 500 model, with hybrid setup in the LC 500h. The latter comprises a 3.5-litre V6 combined with two electric motors, to produce a total of 354bhp.
With its naturally-aspirated V8 pushing the coupe from 0 to 62mph in a claimed 4.4sec, and on to a top speed of 168mph, the LC 500 certainly isn't a slow car. It’s an entertaining one too, though the real exuberance of its rear-wheel drive layout and V8 engine can only be found with the traction control switched off.
That V8 is core to the experience, even if it isn’t quite as raucous as cars such as the Jaguar F-type R and Mercedes-AMG GT. The hybrid meanwhile isn’t quite as entertaining, but does make for a relaxing drive and does justice to the LC’s grand touring credentials.
No further information on release dates has been given at this time, however we expect the production version of the LC Convertible may come to fruition some time next year.