Lexus shows LC Convertible Concept ahead of Detroit debut

Lexus shows LC Convertible Concept ahead of Detroit debut

You'll notice that all three of those cars have cabrio variants by now, so a drop-top version of the LC was perhaps overdue. Its short overhangs, 22-inch wheels and wide stance are all reminders of this car's performance potential.

The LC Convertible Concept is a smidge longer, but slightly lower than the LC coupe.

Lexus is set to present a convertible version of its range-topping LC at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.

We'd be doubtful, if it wasn't for the absence of a compelling cabrio in Lexus' current line-up, and indeed the automaker's track record in taking concept cars and building production cars out of them.

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This being a concept and all, we don't get that many technical details, but Lexus does provide a set of dimensions - length (4,770 mm), width (1,920 mm), height (1,340 mm), and wheelbase (2,870 mm).

"A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways", said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC convertible concept. In the company of force-fed rivals you could say the 5.0-litre V8 in the Lexus is old, or you could say it's damn characterful and puts a smile on your face every time the needle screams past 4,000rpm.

On the inside, the concept features a mix of white leather seats and a black dashboard. The vogue is very much for lightweight fabric electric tops, but Lexus has history with retractable hard tops (remember the SC of the early 2000s?) and a "retractable top housed under the rear deck lid" is how Lexus describes the roofing arrangements of its latest convertible.

For more information about the LC, please visit Otherwise, it's the same LC that we know and love, and that's not a bad thing.