Lexus Debuts LC Convertible Concept in Detroit

Angelica Greene
January 14, 2019

"A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways", says Tadao Mori, the LC Convertible's chief designer. The wheels are 22-inchers, an inch larger than the biggest available for the fixed-roof vehicle. As it sits, the Lexus LC Convertible is a concept vehicle, but judging by statements from company executives, production is practically a foregone conclusion. The Lexus LC Coupe normally ships with a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine good for 477 hp (356 kW). Lexus has revealed the new model ahead of its public debut at Detroit, and, while you still have to make your peace with that grille, it does look stupendously moreish from many angles.

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. "It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible".

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In addition, the Japanese say a potential production-ready version of this prototype would be "more than just a grand tourer" but also a performance auto - a trait best underlined by the short overhangs and 22-inch wheels.

The basic dimensions of the LC concept appear virtually identical to those of the coupe, with a total length of 187.8 inches, a wheelbase of 113.0 inches, a width of 75.6 inches and a height of 52.8 inches. For instance, there is black exterior trim and new 22 inch rims along with white leather and yellow contrast stitching. We last drove it in late 2017 - and with the naturally-aspirated V8 onboard, nearly liked it very much. Otherwise, it's the same LC that we know and love, and that's not a bad thing.

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