Lexus LC convertible concept debuts at Detroit auto show

The Lexus LC Convertible Is Here To Fill Your Ears With N/A V8 Noise

Behold, the rather lovely Lexus LC Convertible

Lexus has finally unveiled LC Convertible Concept just ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 NAIAS. We'd like to apply that same present tense to its status as a production vehicle.

Lexus doesn't have a great history when it comes to convertibles; the SC430 and IS250, with their squishy seats and folding hard-tops, felt diametrically opposed to what auto enthusiasts actually want. If we were told Lexus designed the convertible before the coupe, we'd believe them. The LC coupe's strong design character and intriguing details translate into a very sharp looking and cohesive convertible shape, as though it was created to be topless from the start (which it undoubtedly was). The design is pretty much what you'd expect from an LC without a roof, meaning it's still painfully pretty.

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). Another obvious difference is the 22-inch wheels instead of 20-inch serial "dvuhdverki". "It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible".

Even if this concept is little more than an LC Coupe with its roof lopped off, the result is still very pretty.

There are some distinctive details that one spots while gazing at the images of the new droptop, notably the crisply creased flying buttresses that flow from behind the headrests nearly all the way to the tail of the LC Convertible concept.

Whoa! Should they put this into production? Rumors say it might end up with a 5.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, but this isn't official yet. "It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you get behind the wheel", said Mori-san.

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