Lexus LC Convertible concept debuts in Detroit

Yolanda Curtis
January 14, 2019

With rumours circling for almost a year, Lexus finally chops the top off of its LC grand tourer to create the new LC Convertible Concept debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

A six-figure sum is nearly inevitable then, but so too is the 5.0-litre V8 lump if the chief designer's winking comments about a production version being "exhilarating in many different ways" is to be taken at face value. "It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible".

We'd argue the concept indicates Lexus' plans for a convertible version of the LC, which will likely be officially confirmed before the end of the year.

Okay, while Lexus insists on calling it a concept, it's really one only in name, as even the side mirrors look production-ready.

Come for the Supra, stay for the LC Convertible. It combines Japanese aesthetics with the promise of the kind of driving experience that only a convertible can provide. If you are interested just like us to know more about the Lexus LC Convertible, then wait for three more days when it will make its official debut. That appears to be Toyota and Lexus's thinking when it comes to next week's Detroit motor show.

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 vehicle - a trait best underlined by the short overhangs and 22-inch wheels.

Perhaps they'll lose the show car's 22-inch wheels (the production LC 500 Coupe comes on 21s), otherwise get a load of that yellow stitching on the white leather. GM is aiming to transform Cadillac into its lead EV brand to counter not only Tesla but also a throng of electric cars being developed by Germany's luxury brands.

Lexus describes it as its "aspirational, halo vehicle".

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