Lexus LC Convertible Concept revealed

Lexus LC Convertible Concept revealed

Yep, Lexus has sliced the roof from the LC coupe, precisely three years after it made its debut in Detroit.

Described as "an aspirational halo vehicle for the luxury lifestyle brand's entire vehicle line-up", the LC Convertible concept looks pretty much production-ready - blending the lovely proportions of the LC coupe with roofless elegance. In fact, it's one of the better coupe-to-convertible progressions we've seen of late-though full praise for the look may need to be held until we've seen the vehicle with the top up.

"This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible", 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. Slicing off the top, forces Lexus' designers to create a new rear deck for the machine. For instance, there is black exterior trim and new 22 inch rims along with white leather and yellow contrast stitching. If we were told Lexus designed the convertible before the coupe, we'd believe them. Being a concept auto, it rolls on outsized 22-inch wheels - although these days such a rim option is likely to survive into production.

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Well, Mr. Mori, we can't help but agree with those words.

However, most Lexus concepts evolve into road cars and the Detroit concept includes no elements that would be considered impractical on a production model. Well, there are plenty of options, but it would seem more than likely Lexus would opt for its existing engine line-up in the LC Coupe. Otherwise, it's the same LC that we know and love, and that's not a bad thing.

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