With a contoured rear deck designed to store a retractable roof, the convertible retains the same dimensions as the LC coupé, and looks to be as production-ready as that car. There is no indication yet of whether the model features a fabric soft-top or folding metal roof.
The LC Convertible is being positioned as a halo model for Lexus, with the company hinting that its design will serve as the inspiration for future models. David Christ, Lexus Group vice president, said the LC coupé is “one of the most sought-after vehicles we’ve produced. From the moment we finished it we’ve been thinking of what comes next, and this is one possible direction.
“This concept signals the future direction of our brand. There is one word to define this concept, and it’s ‘wow’.”
Its 22in wheels hint at the model’s performance ambitions, while a near-identical interior featuring the same 2+2 layout as the coupé sets it up as a rival for high-end convertibles like the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and new Ferrari Portofino.
Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible Concept, hinted at its potential to enter into production, affirming that a “production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways”. Autocar understands that a production LC Convertible has been prioritised over a range-topping F variant of the LC in Lexus’s product plan due to its higher potential for global sales.
Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
Traditionally, Lexus rarely displays a concept car without intent of an imminent market release, with examples including 2016’s radical UX concept SUV evolving into the BMW X1-sized UX crossover.
A production version of the LC Convertible is likely to be made available with both the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 in the LC500, and the 3.5-litre V6 in the LC500h hybrid variant, which, coupled to a pair of electric motors, produces 354bhp.
The LC Convertible concept can be expected to weigh more than the 1935kg coupé on which it is based, meaning a slight drop in top speed and acceleration times for a production version is likely.