Motor 2019 Detroit Auto Show: Lexus LC Convertible Concept revealed

The Lexus LC Convertible Is Here To Fill Your Ears With N/A V8 Noise

Behold, the rather lovely Lexus LC Convertible

So far, it's only a show vehicle, and it is making its debut at the 2019 Detroit auto show. There's a full LC interior and even law-abiding bumper reflectors. 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.

Lexus has taken the covers off its new LC Convertible concept ahead of the show car's debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The wheels are 22-inchers, an inch larger than the biggest available for the fixed-roof auto. It's shown in the above image to be a fabric roof, setting it apart from Lexus' last convertible supercar - the much-maligned SC 430 - which had a hard-top arrangement.

"A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways", said Tadao Mori, the car's designer, being very careful to say "would" rather than "will".

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More than just a grand tourer, the strong exterior lines of the long, low and lean LC Convertible Concept reinforce its performance pedigree.

A few other changes have been made to glitz it up for show vehicle duty - it now sits on larger 22-inch two-tone alloy wheels, and the interior sees the addition of white leather upholstery with yellow stitching for a bit of added pop. Rumors say it might end up with a 5.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, but this isn't official yet.

Unlike the ungainly Lexus SC convertible that vanished with barely a whimper in 2010 after an eight-year run, the new LC concept eschews a foldable hardtop for a conventional soft roof that better allows it to retain the basic shape of the coupe model. "It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you get behind the wheel", said Mori-san.

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