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    Detroit 2019: Lexus LC Convertible Concept

      Really pushing the definition of 'concept' here Lexus


    The RC F Track Edition won't have all of the spotlight to itself at Detroit next week. Lexus has revealed today the LC Convertible concept that will be rolling out on the auto show floor next week.

    Lexus is really stretching the definition of what it means to be a concept. To our eyes, the LC Convertible concept looks like it is ready to sit in the nearest Lexus showroom. Changes from the standard LC coupe include a slightly longer rear deck to house the power folding-top (we're thinking its a soft-top) and massive 22-inch alloy wheels. No mention of what's under the hood, but we're betting its the 5.0L V8 with 471 horsepower.

    While there are officially no plans to add a convertible version of the LC, statements from various company executives hint that it is being considered.

    “A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept.

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    Lexus LC Convertible Concept Makes World Debut in Detroit

    • Open top concept suggests future direction of LC flagship
    • Dynamic design positions LC concept as a halo for the rest of the brand

    DETROIT (January 11, 2019) – Lexus shocked the automotive world in Detroit three years ago with the debut of the LC coupe. It was a testament to the brand’s new sense of creative ambition, but it was only just the beginning. Since then, the Lexus design team has been exploring the brand’s evolution and the latest result of those explorations will make its debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show with the world premiere of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept.
     
    An open-air roadster that is an artful reflection of the LC coupe, the design goal of the Convertible Concept was the expression of “ultimate beauty”. From the rake of the windshield to the smooth contours of the rear decklid that houses the convertible top, every line on the LC Convertible concept was drawn to evoke an emotional response. A stunning design from every angle, the LC Convertible concept stands as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup.
     
    “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. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
     
    Long, low and lean, the LC Convertible concept retains the athletic proportions of the LC coupe. It’s a shape that evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet still manages to stand on its own with a unique identity. It blends uniquely Japanese aesthetics with the promise of sensory satisfaction that only a convertible can provide.
     
    In addition to the visual appeal of the exterior sheetmetal, the LC Convertible concept attracts drivers and passengers alike with an allure of a cabin that caters to every need. From the comfort of its tailored seats to the feel of every switch and button, everything about this LC is designed to make even the most common trip feel like an occasion. Crisp white leather trim abounds while yellow accent stitching adds a pop of color without distracting from the subtle elegance of the overall design.
     
    More than just a grand tourer, the strong exterior lines of the LC Convertible concept reinforce its performance pedigree. Its short overhangs, 22-inch wheels and wide stance are all reminders of this car’s performance potential.
     
    “A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Mori-san.



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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    That's really sexy!

    I have to totally agree with you, that is a sexy convertible, something that has not excited me in a long time. Love the long hood and trunk. Very excited for you guys to report on this more.

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    Weak engine with no torque for the price you pay and less backseat space than an E-class convertible.  I know these aren’t S560 convertible money but Lexus isn’t even in the same league.  At E53 AMG money maybe they have an argument but the E-class is probably still a better car head to head.

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    Weak engine with no torque for the price you pay and less backseat space than an E-class convertible.  I know these aren’t S560 convertible money but Lexus isn’t even in the same league.  At E53 AMG money maybe they have an argument but the E-class is probably still a better car head to head.

    I'm no Lexus fanboi, but these have always been a joy to drive.  I don't care what the torque numbers suggest, they are delivered well.

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    I dont say this often about convertibles, but Id rather the coupe on this one.

    I love the coupe. Ever since Lexus showed us the concept about a decade ago.  Dont get me wrong, this makes for a very sexy convertible, but I prefer the coupe. 

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    I would drive that. This car to me is more Japanese and therefore more valuable than the NSX. This car is also sized for Japan itself...

    This is trying to be a peronsal luxury auto, why would Toyota make a carbon copy of something German and then have that thing fall apart after warranty because of overcomplicated engineering?

     

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    LC is so attractive I can deal with the spindle.  E class sedan or coupe on the road I don't even look twice.

     

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