The Lexus design team received a daunting challenge: create the world’s most beautiful open-top car. That’s an easy and straightforward brief as you will ever get in any creative space but that ‘simple’ brief comes with a considerable challenge. How do design a beauty while preserving the styling motifs of the award-winning LC coupe?
Enter the LC Convertible. The roof was key to their goal as very few convertibles are stylish and elegant whether the roof is up or (weather willing) topless. They put maximum effort into creating the same beautiful roof line for the LC Convertible as for the coupe. Not an easy ask.
Two soft top colours will be made available: Beige and Black. Further options for interior colours give owners the freedom to specify a car that captures their personal style. Co-ordinating the A-pillar trim with the colour of the roof lining is a rare quality design feature that Lexus applies throughout the LC range. The colour co-ordination is all the more stylish in the LC Convertible as the pillars are in clear view whenever the roof is lowered, accentuating the luxurious quality of the interior.
The seat upholstery received special attention with a quilting pattern in the shoulder section of the front seats and perforations with three different diameters appearing to progressively fade away.
The LC 500 Convertible will boast a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 351kW and 540Nm of torque at 4800 rpm. Mated to the DirectShift-10 automatic transmission, this engine gives the LC note-worthy acceleration. Power output is tuned according to driving style, with smooth acceleration character during normal commuting and aggression at the limit when the driver desires.
Lexus will introduce the LC 500 Convertible in 2021 for the South African market.